Apple Music Now Has More Subscribers Than Spotify in the U.S.

Apple Music Now Has More Subscribers Than Spotify in the U.S.

Apple Music has reportedly surpassed Spotify in terms of paying subscribers in the United States, a feat that only needed time to happen due to the higher growth rate of Apple's music streaming service. Many believed that it was just a matter of time before Apple Music grabs the top spot in the music streaming service. Both streaming platforms now have around 20 million paying users in the states; however, Apple Music recently pulled ahead of Spotify by "a hair". Back in February, the publication reported Apple Music would surpass Spotify in USA paid subscriptions if it maintained a growth rate of 5 percent.

Apple, on the other hand has 40 million total subscribers, CEO Tim Cook had announced in May. Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which does not offer the same on-demand music options, has over 33 million subscribers.

Apple Music overtaking Spotify is a significant achievement, but it was not at all surprising.

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Spotify still has a significantly larger subscriber base worldwide than Apple Music, but it's worth keeping in mind that Spotify is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

Looked at more broadly, however, Apple serves what should be a fairly narrow market of iPhone owners, where Spotify is popular on both Android and iPhone. Back then the Apple US-based subscriber growth rate was 5 percent in the country as compared to Spotify's 2 percent. Spotify claimed 75 million paying customers at the end of March, whereas Apple claimed 50 million, a number that is skewed upward because many of those were on free trials.

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