Apple halted the US release of Spotify says director

Macworld Australia Staff
31 May, 2012
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Spotify Director and former Facebook president Sean Parker believes Apple was responsible for Spotify’s US launch delay.

Parker, speaking at D10 yesterday, claims Apple may have tried to stall the music industry competitor from taking potential customers away from iTunes.

“There was some indication that that might have been happening,” Parker said.

“You hear things, people send you emails. There was a sense in which Apple was threatened by what we were doing.”

Spotify was released in the US in 2011 and more recently in Australia two weeks ago. European music listeners have been using the app since its 2006 creation in Sweden.

According to Parker, the subscription-based music service is not a threat to Apple.

Music “is still such a small part of their overall business, it wouldn’t be hugely significant to their bottom line. It’s certainly a much smaller industry than it was 12 years ago.”

The D10 conference featured Apple CEO Tim Cook but he did not comment on Parker’s claim.



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