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App makers blast Apple and Google in Senate hearing on app store policies

April 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Apple and Google faced a battery of accusations on Wednesday from prominent app developers, including Spotify and Tile, who alleged that the large tech platforms have abused their dominance and harmed competition.

(CNN Business)Apple and Google faced a battery of accusations on Wednesday from prominent app developers, including Spotify and Tile, who alleged that the large tech platforms have abused their dominance and harmed competition.

In a lengthy Senate hearing, the app makers said Apple and Google's rules surrounding in-app payments and app updates allow the tech giants to choke off rival services, and that they engage in retaliation when app developers refuse to comply.

Companies that try to find alternatives to Apple's in-app payment system — such as by urging users to pay directly on an app's website — quickly find themselves on Apple's bad side, said Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify's chief legal officer.

Andeer also defended Apple's 30% commission structure, saying the company chose from the start to apply the fees to digital goods and services and that most app developers pay nothing at all.

That still didn't make sense to Lee or to Sine, who argued that app store operators like Apple and Google "have essentially taken the internet and moved it into the app stores. "

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