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[$$] Apple Defends App Store Against Spotify’s Antitrust Claims

Apple Inc. defended its practice of taking a 30% cut of sales through its App Store following criticism from Spotify Technology SA, escalating a fight between the tech companies as regulators increasingly scrutinize the industry. The iPhone maker was responding to an antitrust complaint Spotify filed earlier this week in Europe, in which the streaming-music company accused Apple of abusing the App Store to limit competition against its own Apple Music. The European company also published an animated video illustrating how it says Apple limits competitors, and said in a blog post that Apple had blocked Spotify from its Siri virtual assistant, HomePod voice-activated speaker and Apple Watch.