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Spotify to start in-app purchases on iPhone in Europe after DMA takes effect

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(Reuters) -Spotify users in Europe can start to buy audiobooks and subscription plans from within the music-streaming app from March as a result of the region's new competition law for Big Tech, the Swedish company said on Wednesday.

The move will help the company avoid Apple's 30% fee for purchases through its App Store, which has long been a source of contention between app developers and the tech giant.

Spotify has for years been in embroiled in a legal battle, alleging that it was forced to raise the price of its monthly subscriptions to cover costs tied to Apple's App Store rules.

U.S.-listed shares of the Stockholm-based company rose around 2%.

"For years Apple had these rules where we couldn't tell you about offers, how much something costs, or even where or how to buy it," Spotify said in a blogpost.

"The DMA (Digital Markets Act) means that we'll finally be able to share details about deals, promotions, and better-value payment options in the EU."

Under the DMA, which all Big Tech firms must comply with by March 7, companies are obligated to treat their own products and services like they do rivals'.

Apple plans to challenge the European Union's decision to put all of App Store into the bloc's new digital antitrust list, Bloomberg News had reported in November.

On Tuesday, Apple asked a London tribunal to throw out a mass lawsuit worth around $1 billion brought on behalf of more than 1,500 app developers over its App Store rules.

Apple had also drawn criticism from Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg who called App Store policies and fee structure as problematic and causing a conflict of interest.

"We've always been interested in helping developers distribute their apps, and new options would add more competition in this space," Meta said on Wednesday.

"Developers deserve more ways to easily get their apps to the people that want them."

(Reporting by Zaheer Kachwala in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)