Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has recently been accused of rejecting an application update from Spotify on Friday.
Apple and Spotify have been competing to attract more music streaming customers. Last year, Apple launched its very own application, Apple Music, in over 100 countries while Spotify has been the world’s largest paid music streaming company. Spotify boasts a total of 30 million paying users while Apple Music has 13 million.
Spotify’s lawyer sent a letter of complaint to Apple earlier this week. It stated that the rejection of the update caused “grave harm to Spotify and its customers."
"It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music" said Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify general council.
"We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors," Gutierrez said.
Music streaming has been growing quickly as more and more competitors enter the market. Not only is Apple and Spotify competing against each other, they are also competing against Google Music, YouTube and Jay Z’s Tidal.
Other companies such as Amazon also prepares to join the battle.