In the United States, Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a new bill that will allow for greater competition between app stores and that will force Apple to open iPhones for third-party app stores and page loading.
Open App Markets Act
The Open App Markets Act is aimed at in-app payment systems for app stores with more than 50 million users in the United States. If the bill passes, Apple and Google will not be able to require developers to either distribute apps through their app stores or use their in-app payment system.
In addition to opening third-party app stores, the bill will allow page loading.
Epic vs. Apple cases
During Epic's case against Apple, Apple repeatedly stated that third-party app stores would compromise iOS security. For the same reason, the company would not allow page loading.
Spotify applauds the Open App Markets Act and its proponents' courage and determination to hold Apple and other gateway platforms accountable for their unfair and anti-competitive practices.
These platforms control more trade, information and communication than ever before and the power they wield has enormous economic and social consequences.
Therefore, we urge Congress to quickly adopt the Open App Markets Act. If no action is taken, we can expect that Apple and others will continue to change the rules in favor of their own services and cause harm to consumers, developers and the digital economy.