Apple disputes Spotify anti-competitive claims

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PARIS  (AFP) - Apple dismissed Friday Spotify's accusations of anti-competitive behaviour, saying the Swedish music streaming giant was trying to enjoy the benefits of its online market without paying the cost of its upkeep.

Spotify filed on Wednesday a formal complaint with the EU Commission that took issue with restrictions that Apple places on apps that don't use the payment system on its App Store, from which Apple takes a 30 percent cut.

"At its core, the App Store is a safe, secure platform where users can have faith in the apps they discover and the transactions they make," said Apple in a statement, adding that the same set of rules applies to all firms.

"After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem - including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store's customers - without making any contributions to that marketplace," it added.

Spotify complained that paying the fee to Apple made the price it then has to charge to paying premium subscribers uncompetitive compared to Apple's own service Apple Music.