Senate to Call Spotify and Tile Witnesses at App Store Antitrust Hearing

Top legal officials from Spotify, Match and Tile will speak at an upcoming Senate antitrust hearing to examine the Apple and Google app stores.

The Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights of the Judicial Committee of the United States Senate plans to call Horacio Gutiérrez, Kirsten Daru and Jared Sine, the top legal officials of Spotify, Tile and Match Group, respectively. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21.

In addition to witnesses from Spotify, Tile and Match, will be joined by Wilson White, senior director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google. Apple’s chief compliance officer, Kyle Andeer, was in the limelight at the hearing, reported Monday.

Spotify, Tile, and Match Group have raised concerns about Apple’s App Store policies. Spotify, for example, claims that Apple favors its own Apple Music platform across its ecosystem, while Tile believes that Apple’s Find My app could give its rumored “AirTags” tracking devices an edge over third-party competitors.

The Senate subcommittee is investigating Apple and Google for antitrust issues and allegations of anti-competitive behavior.

Apple initially decided to skip the Senate hearing, drawing the ire of lawmakers. A few days after the Senate wrote a letter urging the company to reconsider its decision, Apple confirmed that Andeer would testify.

Senate subcommittee chair Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) signaled plans in March to hold multiple hearings on technology-related issues, including app stores.