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Epic, Spotify, Tile and more form coalition to take on Apple’s App Store rules – CNET

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More than a dozen app makers and other companies have joined together to form the Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit group that’s taking aim at Apple and its App Store rules. Among the founding members are Spotify, Epic Games and Match Group, all of which have been vocal critics of the fees Apple charges developers. 

“As enforcers, regulators, and legislators around the world investigate Apple for its anti-competitive behavior, The Coalition for App Fairness will be the voice of app and game developers in the effort to protect consumer choice and create a level playing field for all,” said Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs at Spotify, in a release on Thursday.

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The coalition comes as Apple is locked in a public battle with Fortnite developer Epic Games. Fortnite was kicked off both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store in August after Epic attempted to bypass the 30% fee Apple and Google charge developers. Epic countered by filing lawsuits against both companies. Apple earlier this month raised the stakes further by requesting monetary damages if it convinces a judge that it was within its rights to kick Fortnite off its more than 1.5 billion active iPhones and iPads.

Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment on the coalition. On Thursday, the company published several pages on its website highlighting the benefits of the App Store for users and developers. Apple says the pages provide context for its broader work to support its app store, which now counts more than 28 million developers worldwide, and 1.5 billion devices across 175 countries.

The App Store helps developers “from start to finish — to build, test, market, and distribute your products and grow your business,” says Apple’s site.

The Coalition for App Fairness also released a set of 10 App Store Principles that is says will help “protect the app economy” and ensure that the “benefits of digital technologies are shared by everyone.”

Here is the full list of coalition’s founding members: Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, Epic Games, the European Publishers Council, Match Group, News Media Europe, Prepear, Protonmail, SkyDemon, Spotify and Tile.


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Spotify is launching an exclusive League of Legends esports podcast – The Verge

Spotify keeps adding to its exclusive podcast arsenal, and today, it’s getting into the esports space. The company announced a multiyear partnership with Riot Games that’ll make Spotify the hub for all League of Legends audio content, including exclusive podcast series.

At least one show will launch this year, called Untold Stories: Top Moments from Worlds, a nine-episode series that’ll lead up to the 10th League of Legends championship this fall. Listeners will hear about the players and top anthem through game highlights, interviews, and game sound effects.

Two music playlists, including the existing, “This is League of Legends,” will be updated regularly, too. Spotify’s also planning to dedicate a day to the Worlds Anthem, a song Riot releases every year to kick off its annual championship competition, to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how the music was made.

The partnership might seem somewhat unlikely, but it makes sense given how popular League of Legends’ music appears to be. The game’s YouTube channel has a playlist dedicated to music videos from the game, and more than 21 million people have watched. The game is also an official user on Spotify with its top track counting more than 154 million listens. Spotify clearly sees an opportunity here to beef up its marketing and lure gamers onto the platform. Once they’re there, it can start marketing other audio content, possibly other game-related podcasts, and eventually encourage them to make Spotify their go-to music and audio player.

An esports podcast is also an intriguing idea, especially given that it’s a Spotify-exclusive. League of Legends is one of the most popular esports, if not the most popular. More than 100 million people watched the world championship last year. Getting even a small percentage of these viewers to tune into a podcast would generate enough listeners for Spotify to easily monetize the show.

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Spotify Premium Duo account launches for couples; Apple Music to follow? – 9to5Mac

The Spotify Premium Duo account first tested more than a year ago has now launched in the US, UK, and more than 50 other countries. It enables couples or two home sharers to each have a premium account for a total payment of $12.99 per month.

This represents a savings of $2/month over the Premium for Family plan which many couples use at present …

In addition to each getting individual premium accounts, Spotify says Duo also gives you a joint playlist selected by Spotify on the basis of your joint tastes.

You love Today’s Top Hits. Your partner is obsessed with All Out ‘80s. So deciding who gets to play DJ at home or in the car is a constant battle.

Luckily, today Spotify is making it even easier for two people to enjoy music together (or separately) with the launch of Spotify Premium Duo – our new, first-of-its-kind subscription plan. Beginning today, Duo will be rolling out in 55 markets globally, including the U.S.

Premium Duo is for two people living at the same home address and costs $12.99 per month. Each individual gets their own Premium account under one plan in addition to the unique benefits like exclusive access to Duo Mix, a regularly updated playlist made just for the two subscribers to discover audio they both love and enjoy together.

To sign-up, visit spotify.com/duo and follow the instructions – the two users must reside at the same address to be eligible. Users who haven’t tried Premium before may be eligible to get the first month of Premium Duo for free. Existing Premium subscribers can switch to Premium Duo by visiting their account page and changing their subscription. Upgrading to Premium Duo allows subscribers to keep their existing Premium accounts along with saved music, podcasts, playlists and recommendations.

The Duo Mix allows you to choose between Chill and Upbeat playlists, and you can also opt to filter out explicit songs.

You can check whether your country is included by visiting spotify.com/duo.

Historically, Apple Music and Spotify have mirrored each other’s membership types, so it is at least possible that Apple will choose to offer a similar account for couples.

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Spotify is finally kicking its 10000 song library cap to the curb – Android Authority

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Anyone who is addicted to Spotify knows the 10,000 song library limit is ridiculous and infuriating. Finally, the massive music streaming service is ditching that limit in favor of an uncapped library.

Users will be able to save as many songs and albums to their collection as they want. This will be a welcome change for anyone who found themselves having to meticulously manage which songs they store to their library.

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This doesn’t remove the offline listening limit, so anyone who frequently finds themselves without service on their device will still have to work within the 10,000 download limit. Additionally, playlists are still limited to 10,000 songs.

Some users have reported still seeing the error message popping up, and Spotify notes that it’ll be a gradual rollout. It could take some time before the limitless Spotify library is enabled for everyone.

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