Spotify is the first to launch non-Google Android billing in the US

  • 11 November 2022
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Spotify is the first partner for Google Play's "User Choice Billing."

RON AMADEO - 11/11/2022, 12:06 AM

 

Google is slowly loosening its grip over billing on Google Play. In March, the company announced a pilot "User Choice Billing" plan, which would give users the option to buy things on Google Play through a third-party payment processor. In some countries, the pilot launched in September, with Google taking developer sign-ups in the European Economic Area, Australia, India, Indonesia, and Japan. Today the feature is finally coming to the US, with Google announcing expansion to the US, Brazil, and South Africa.

As announced in March, Google's first partner for this project is one of its biggest customers, Spotify, which has its own blog post announcing that the feature is rolling out this week. The Play Store has always required developers exclusively use Google Play Billing for app payments, but bigger companies like Spotify and Netflix ignored those rules for years, seemingly deciding they were too big to ban. For years, they were right, but Google announced it would really start enforcing its rules, even for the big companies, in 2022. When the March deadline arrived, though, it also came the announcement of User Choice Billing, with Spotify 

 

Full Article: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/11/spotify-is-the-first-to-launch-non-google-android-billing-in-the-us/


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This might put some pressure on Apple to do something similar. Will be interesting to watch it pan out. 

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This might put some pressure on Apple to do something similar. Will be interesting to watch it pan out. 

Yes. I wonder where this goes. Less likely Apple will do this though but you never know!

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This might put some pressure on Apple to do something similar. Will be interesting to watch it pan out. 

Yes. I wonder where this goes. Less likely Apple will do this though but you never know!

We shall see. With the pressure now from Meta, the whole Epic games law suits, and I am sure Elon will start putting pressure on Apple now that he wants to charge $8.99/month for a blue check mark, Apple may need to make some changes too. (Elon has already made noise about Apple’s percentage take, and has his minions rallying around him already.) 

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It seems everyone’s on the make trying to get money out of everyone else!

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It seems everyone’s on the make trying to get money out of everyone else!

Hey, I have a new digital currency I’d like to introduce you too, and it’s on sale…..

 

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Hmmm, tell me more…

 

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