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Google will allow some apps, starting with Spotify, to offer alternative billing methods

Google will allow some apps, starting with Spotify, to offer alternative billing methods

at Private blog post Announcing the “multi-year deal,” Spotify said it has long supported “platform fairness and extended payment options” and expects the billing option to be more available later this year. In 2019, the company File a complaint With European regulators against Apple, arguing that the company used its dominance in the App Store to “tax” companies that compete with its services, including Apple Music.

Google said it will build on its experience in giving users a choice in South Korea’s billing systems The legislation was passed last year Prevent app stores from forcing developers to use their own billing systems.

The testing program is likely to reduce the lucrative commissions Google charged app developers for money earned from its platform. For years, Google and Apple have taken a 30% commission for digital goods or subscriptions sold on their app stores. As this has led to developer protest and scrutiny from regulators recently, Google and Apple have lowered fees for subscriptions and junior developers.

Google spokesperson Dan Jackson said the company will receive a “service fee” even if users don’t use its billing system, as is already the case. in South Korea, although he later clarified that there is a possibility of a transaction that does not include such a fee. He noted that the pilot project has just begun and that Google plans to work with Spotify and other partners to clarify the details.

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