Spotify has filed a complaint regarding Apple's App Store policies with the European Commission last Wednesday. Apple has responded to these allegations in a public statement.
In Apple's statement, published on its Newsroom, Apple addresses a few keypoints and responds to these allegations of Spotify.
Spotify, for example, claims Apple is blocking access to products and to update their app. Apple responds:
We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app. The only time we have requested adjustments is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the same rules that every other app follows.
Apple further states that 'Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free.' Here Apple aims at Spotify's claim that Apple takes too much money from subscriptions taken out through the iOS app.
Spotify wouldn’t be the business they are today without the App Store ecosystem, but now they’re leveraging their scale to avoid contributing to maintaining that ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs. We think that’s wrong.
This is just a bit of the full Apple Statement, and we recommend you to take a good read here.