Spotify pulls audiobook purchases from iPhone as its App Store fight with Apple escalates
Spotify has retreated from the dominance of Apple’s App Store.
After making strides in the world of podcasts, Spotify’s next step was to enter the audiobook business. However, it may take some time before you can actually purchase an audiobook on the iOS app.
Spotify had attempted to provide users with a button that would take them, via email, to the company’s website to purchase an audiobook that they could listen to in the app. However, Apple’s App Store team rejected these versions of the app, saying it violated the company’s App Store rules.
As reported by The edge, Spotify has abandoned the concept, and when you try to buy an audiobook on the iPhone app, you get a message saying you can’t. The company, in search directly at Apple, displays a message indicating that it knows that the situation is “not ideal”.
Now, when you go to make a purchase, the app shows an almost blank screen saying, “Do you want to listen? You cannot purchase audiobooks in the app. We know that’s not ideal. There is no indication of where you might be able to purchase the book.
Spotify isn’t Apple’s only problem with the App Store
Spotify isn’t the only one complaining about App Store rules this week.
On Monday, Apple rolled out new App Store rules and enabled new places where developers could show ads for apps. The App Store rules were aimed directly at companies like Meta, as Apple now wants to cut in-app purchases by 30% for people and companies who “boost” a social media post.
Things were even worse for new ads appearing on the App Store. In some cases, app store pages for therapy apps were plagued with gambling ads. A kids app even showed an app for an adult video chat app.
Apple responded by temporarily removing gambling and ads in other categories, but didn’t say how that would fix the problem or when the ads would be reintroduced to the App Store.