Kate explains how Apple’s so-called monopoly isn’t much of a monopoly.
Here’s the problem. In the good old U.S. of A., a monopoly is not illegal. Monopoly abuse is illegal but needs to be proved in court. Apple sells a few apps in the Mac App Store, but gives away free software in various categories– calendar, contacts, messages, maps, notes reminders, and others. They are free and included with every Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch. Those free apps also compete with commercial apps that come with a price tag.
Check out Spotify vs. Apple.
Apple has filed its response to Spotify’s antitrust complaint in Europe, and its answer is essentially that Spotify has greatly exaggerated how much money is being taken by the App Store. Apple says that it’s currently taking a 15 percent cut of subscription fees for around 680,000 Spotify subscribers, representing 0.5 percent of Spotify’s total subscribers, and that Spotify is not paying a 30 percent cut on anything.
Much ado over not much.