Spotify partners with Tile and Epic Games to create a new organization called the 'Coalition for App Fairness" to highlight developer issues with Apple. The industry-leading companies want to advocate fair competition and freedom of choice across the app ecosystem.
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BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 14: Spotify founder Daniel Ek speaks at the 19th International Conference on Competition at Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt on March 14, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Ek discussed how fair competition enables consumers and innovators to win.
The new organization is described as an independent nonprofit org. It aims to lead legal and regulatory changes regarding what the coalition, which is based in Washington D.C. and Brussels, says are three key issues.
This includes a 30% app tax, no consumer freedom, and anti-competitive policies. The three companies set out a ten-point plan on the website to show the changes they want to see.
The points state that every developer should always have access to app stores should always have the right to communicate directly with its users through its app, and no developer should be required to use an app store exclusively.
Here are other changes the new coalition wants to see;
-No developer should be required to pay unfair, unreasonable, or discriminatory fees or revenue shares.
-No app store owner or its platform should engage in self-preferencing its own apps or services.
Spotify partners with Chernin Entertainment to turn its exclusive podcasts into movies and TV shows
Spotify clearly has many plans this year. Aside from partnering with Epic Games and Tile, the music platform will also collaborate with the production company behind popular movies such as New Girl, Hidden Figures, and Ford v Ferrari.
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the morning that the music streaming service Spotify begins trading shares at the NYSE on April 3, 2018 in New York City. Trading under the symbol SPOT, the Swedish company's losses grew to 1.235 billion euros ($1.507 billion) last year, its largest ever.
The partnership's goal is to turn Spotify's original podcasts into movies and TV shows. The music provider said it currently has more than 250 original shows from which Chernin Entertainment could initially work off.
"Spotify has one of the largest libraries of unattached IP that exists in the world today, and that library is being added to daily," said Chernin.
"This treasure trove of content plus the acceleration of new voices and stories provides an enormous opportunity to transform these addictive stories and IP into content for the screen," added the company.
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