Apple Music Passes Spotify in Total U.S. Subscriber Numbers

Apple Music Passes Spotify in Total U.S. Subscriber Numbers

According to sources from Digital Music News, Apple Music streaming service now has more than 20 million paying users in the States than Spotify.

The confidential information was part of a report that detailed the subscriber numbers of the various music streaming services.

Both Apple Music and Spotify have more than 20 million subscribers in America, with Apple now a hair ahead. The data shows that Apple has a much stronger growth rate in the USA which means that the company will like extend its lead over Spotify in the coming months.

Back in February the Wall Street Journal learned Apple Music was on pace to surpass Spotify in terms of paid United States subscribers.

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What's more troubling for Spotify is that Apple Music subscribers could be more voracious listeners, racking up a combined 170 million streams of Drake's latest album Scorpion, compared to only 132.4 million on Spotify. Overall, Apple Music is said to have over 45 million subscribers globally with about 5-10 users on free trials.

While the gap between the two leaders is now very small, it is expected to widen over the coming months as Apple is enjoying explosive growth in the US. Those numbers come by way of Music Business Worldwide who got official numbers from Apple and used Spotify's public-facing charts to get its data.

It's not entirely clear why Apple is beating Spotify in the U.S. - it could be mere brand loyalty - but it will be interesting to see how this corporate rivalry progresses in the coming months.

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