Spotify removed from app stores in Russia, amid the Ukraine invasion

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Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is an aspiring Journalist and Health law expert with a special focus on technology innovations. He is a writer at Right for Education, Libertist Centre for Education, Qwenu, and Editor at Gamji Press, UDUS.

Sequel to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, today the Swedish audio streaming and media service, Spotify has officially announced that the App has been removed from AppStore for Russian users.

According to TASS, the Spotify music service has been removed from the AppStore and Huawei AppGallery app stores. Also, a Reddit user who confirmed the new development said when searching for Spotify on both AppStore and Huawei AppGallery stores, the App is not available; it only provides Russian users with Russian music services.

Since the beginning of the Russian government’s war on Ukraine on February 24, many countries and businesses worldwide have employed different measures to sanction the country.

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Last month, TechGenzy reported that Microsoft declared that it would stop selling its products in Russia and subsequently remove the popular Minecraft game from its App stores.

In March this year, Spotify announced that it would be closing its Russia operation indefinitely and subsequently. Earlier this month, the app was inaccessible for Russian users who were unable to access the site or utilize the service application.

Spotify’s stock had dropped 16 percent in early February. This occurred following the release of the subscriber prediction for the first quarter of 2022. Spotify expects 418 million monthly active customers, 183 million paying subscribers, and $2.9 billion in revenue. Simultaneously, all forecasts came in lower than analysts’ expectations.

In addition, recently, the popular computer game Battlefield 2042 deleted a skin for a Russian helicopter from the game.

Since the Russian armies invade Ukraine, the world’s technology titans are reacting to the crisis and thereby calling for the sanctioning of the country. Then Ukraine’s officials also contacted the world’s major tech giants, including Google and Apple, to ask them to limit their services on the Russian mainland.

Therefore, the Swedish audio streaming and media services announcing that it has removed the Spotify App from AppStore for Russian users is another form of sanction calling the country to order.

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