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Spotify is discontinuing App Store payment for legacy subscribers

Apple’s App Store is no longer an option for Spotify subscribers. After their billing cycle, those users will get a free account. They must then buy a website plan.

Variety reported that the music streaming company recently began emailing App Store payment users. Spotify announced this.

“We recently started notifying a small number of Premium account holders that a legacy payment method is being deprecated. Email-notified users will switch to a free account next billing cycle. Logging into Spotify.com allows users to upgrade to Premium. A company spokesperson said these actions will help ensure a consistent best-in-class subscription experience for all users.

Since 2016, Apple has disabled iPhone in-app subscriptions. From 2014 to 2016, the company offered App Store subscriptions. After that, iPhones displayed Spotify’s “You can’t upgrade to premium in the app, We know, it’s not ideal” message.

Spotify and Apple have fought over App Store fees for years. Apple is arguing with European regulators to drop Spotify’s antitrust charges.

The Swedish streaming company has also fought Google over Play Store in-app purchase fees. Last year, both companies agreed to let Spotify test third-party billing.

Spotify reported 500 million monthly active users and 210 million premium subscribers in its Q1 2023 earnings call.

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