Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday allow Spotify to use its own payment system in its Android app as part of a new pilot program aimed at responding to app makers’ concerns about high fees and alleged anticompetitive behavior .

Users who download Spotify from the Google Play Store will have the option to pay using Spotify’s payment system or Google Play Billing in certain countries in the coming months.

The pilot will allow a small number of participating developers (starting with Spotify) to offer additional billing options alongside the Google Play billing system in apps.

“This pilot will help us deepen our understanding of whether and how user billing options to users in different countries and developers of different sizes and categories,” Google said in a blog post.

Google also said it would allow developers to introduce a second payment system in South Korea under a new South Korean competition law last year.

Spotify said its trial with Google was part of a “multi-year agreement,” without elaborating.

App developers that sell digital goods, such as Spotify, have complained for years about having to use the official payment systems of the Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Google and Apple charge up to 30 percent of each payment, which developers say is too high. Both have lowered fees in many cases and said they are needed to fund a safe and secure mobile ecosystem.

Google didn’t specify how much charge in the new pilot.

The company is stepping up enforcement of its Google Play billing requirements and said it may block non-compliant apps from releasing updates starting Friday.

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