Spotify is both a competitor and a nice little side-earner for Apple, with the Swedish streaming service handing over $156 million in subscription fees to the iPhone maker over the past four years.
According to estimates given to Business Insider by app analytics company Sensor Tower, Spotify made $670 million from subscribers on iOS between 2015 and 2018. Thanks to Apple’s levy on in-app purchases and subscriptions, Spotify was forced to hand over about a fifth of that revenue to Apple.
Spotify has declared war on Apple, announcing on Wednesday that it had filed an antitrust complaint with Europe’s competition watchdog. The crux of its argument is that Apple’s 15-30% levy on in-app purchases and subscriptions is anti-competitive and gives Apple’s own music streaming service, Apple Music, an unfair advantage.
The chart below gives an idea of the economics behind Spotify’s fight with Apple.
It shows an estimate of how much revenue Spotify makes from its iOS subscribers and how much Apple skims off the top, according to Sensor Tower’s data.
Note that Apple took its biggest cut in 2015 and 2016, when Spotify was the top-grossing app globally on the App Store, according to Sensor Tower . It was also before the impact of Spotify circumventing Apple’s 30% levy began to kick in.
After 2016, you can see a substantial dropoff in Spotify’s recorded iOS revenue. That’s because Spotify began driving subscribers to its website to pay for its premium service, rather than the App Store.
It’s hard to calculate how much Apple missed out on as a result of Spotify’s workaround, but back-of-the-envelope maths suggests it could be as much as $98 million over four years.
In total then, Apple could have made $254 million from Spotify over the past four years, rather than $156 million. (We got to that figure by calculating the mean of Apple’s Spotify revenue from 2015 and 2016, when it earned the most, and then multiplying it by four years.)
Although $156 million is small change for Apple, which posted a profit of $60 billion in 2018 financial year, Spotify needs every dollar it can get. The firm has predicted an operating loss of up to 360 million ($407 million) for 2019.
Facebook Users Will Be Able To Send Messages Between Messengers, Instagram And Whatsapp : Mark Zuckerberg Announces
Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram users will now be able to send messages to each other, Mark Zuckerberg has announced.
The Facebook boss said it will introduce the vast overhaul of the way all of its messaging apps work as part of a move towards being a “privacy-focused platform”.
That will include upgrading its encryption and refusing to store data in countries with poor human rights records, he said, as well as rewriting how the various chat apps can talk to each other.
“People want to be able to choose which service they use to communicate with people,” he wrote as part of a long explanation of his vision of the future of social networks. ”However, today if you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp you have to use WhatsApp.
“We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer.”
The feature will eventually include compatibility with SMS, he said, which would for example allow someone to text someone using Facebook Messenger. People will still be able to keep all of those accounts separate if they want.
Adding that feature – which Mr Zuckerberg calls “interoperability” – will feed into the privacy focus by allowing people to avoid sending unencrypted SMS messages from Messenger and instead talking on WhatsApp, where conversations are hidden, he claimed. People would also be able to speak to someone on Facebook but do so without having to give out their phone number, he suggested.
But the possibility of combining the apps has been a long-standing source of concern for privacy advocates and using. WhatsApp and Instagram founders have left the company in recent months, reportedly after disagreements over how those various platforms should work together in future.
In the post, titled “a privacy-focused vision for social networking,” Mr Zuckerberg explained how private messaging is becoming the most common and popular method people use to interact with others on its products.
“As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I expect future versions of Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network.”
In his letter, Mr Zuckerberg detailed why people prefer private networks and the intimacy it offers them.
“People are more cautious of having a permanent record of what they’ve shared,” Mr Zuckerberg added. “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever. This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”
In addition to interoptability, he said Facebook would focus on several principles as it tried to create the future of social networking:
Private interactions. People should have simple, intimate places where they have clear control over who can communicate with them and confidence that no one else can access what they share.Encryption. People’s private communications should be secure. End-to-end encryption prevents anyone — including us — from seeing what people share on our services.Permanence. People should be comfortable being themselves, and should not have to worry about what they share coming back to hurt them later. So we won’t keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people want it.Safety. People should expect that we will do everything we can to keep them safe on our services within the limits of what’s possible in an encrypted service.Interoperability. People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely.Secure data storage. People should expect that we won’t store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression in order to protect data from being improperly accessed.
The changes will be taking place “over the next year and beyond”, said Mr Zuckerberg, noting there will be “more details and tradeoffs to work through related to each of these principles”.
“Doing this means taking positions on some of the most important issues facing the future of the internet. As a society, we have an opportunity to set out where we stand, to decide how we value private communications, and who gets to decide how long and where data should be stored,” he concluded.
“I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won’t all stick around forever. If we can help move the world in this direction, I will be proud of the difference we’ve made.”
Ghana Ranked 25th Country With Least Mobile Data Charges Worldwide
Ghana has been ranked 25th among the list of countries in the world with low mobile data charges.
This follows a recent statistic which showed that the price of an average 1GB of data is being sold in the country at $1.56.
Comparing the cost of the data to other countries, Ghana emerged the 25th country.
Zimbabwe emerged the country with the most expensive data charges, selling same data package at $75.20.
The research was from data gathered from 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries between 23 October and 28 November 2018.
The country with the cheapest data packages worldwide according to the research was India which charges $0.26.
In Ghana, the research said data packages could go down as low as $0.34 and as high as $4.75, equivalent of ¢25.96.
Mobile data is very cheap in some countries because of an impressive and efficient mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure.
Countries with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data as well as the dictates of their economies.
“Many of the cheapest countries in which to buy mobile data fall roughly into one of two categories. Some have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure and so providers are able to offer large amounts of data, which brings down the price per gigabyte. Others with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data and the economy dictates that prices must be low, as that’s what people can afford,” the research stated.
Contrary to what one might expect, ten out of the top 50 cheapest countries in the world for mobile data are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This is in stark contrast to the cost of broadband on the continent, which is almost universally very high or non-existent.
Rwanda and Sudan featured in the top ten, with 1GB of data being sold for just $0.56 and $0.68 respectively.
However, Zimbabwe is seen as the country with the most expensive data charges, selling same data package at $75.20.
Hyundai Creates Mobile App To Unlock And Control Your Car Remotely
FRANTICALLY looking for your keys could become a thing of the past now Hyundai has created a mobile app to unlock and control your car remotely.
Hyundai calls it the Digital Key, and say a technology called Near Field Communication allows a phone and car to talk to each other when in close proximity.
After the smartphone unlocks the vehicle, the driver starts the engine by placing the device on the wireless charging pad in the centre console and pressing an engine Start/Stop button on the dashboard.
The app can be used by up to four authorised people which save each person’s preferred driving settings.
Once the phone and car mate-up, the position of the mirrors, seats and steering wheel adjust automatically depending on the user’s requirements.
And by using Bluetooth, the Digital Key can also lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and start the engine remotely.
The level of access to different vehicle functions can be tailored to each user, for a defined period.
Hyundai has developed the technology with car sharing schemes in mind – but it could also be used to enable a courier to open the boot to deliver a parcel.
ENABLING CAR SHARING
As car sharing becomes more widespread around the world, the Digital Key will be programmed to make peer-to-peer vehicle rental easier.
The owner and the driver won’t have to meet but can transfer the Digital Key via the smartphone app.
The Digital Key will also have features such as an alert which can be triggered if the person renting the Hyundai exceeds the speed limit or drives outside an agreed area.
Ho Yoo, group leader of Hyundai Motor Group’s Electronics Development Group, said: “The Digital Key will benefit a very wide range of future Hyundai customers, as well as enabling innovative new schemes for vehicle sharing.
Hyundai has said it aims to gradually implement the technology in its new production cars.
It follows the manufacturer’s development of smart fingerprint technology that allows drivers to unlock doors and start the vehicle.
To unlock the car, the driver places a finger on the sensor located on the door handle.
The technology’s chance of incorrectly recognising another person’s fingerprint as the driver’s is supposedly one in 50,000 – making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys.
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