Spotify is free to partner with Netflix, Peloton, etc to create their own subscription bundle.
We seem to have reached the point where any move Apple makes to add value to their customers (through extra value for their products) is being met by some really heavy blowback. I’m sure there is a degree to which there is blood in the water and rivals are trying to pounce, but the company trying to close the currently open podcast standard crying foul for something like this is a bit rich. It does seem like every detractor at this point just wants Apple to be the vessel for the developer to make money and Apple to stick to hardware. Even the independent developer community seems to be full of habitual whiners at this point, taking to their online outlets of choice to publicly pout every time a decision is made for which they disagree.
But back to the antitrust stuff, where is the similar criticism of Amazon in all of this? Surely Prime is much more widely adopted than Apple One will be any time in the near (or probably even distant) future.