Username or Email Address. Remember Me. Sometimes the statistics around how many people are streaming music — and how many are paying for it — can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. In other cases, the boundaries between active and registered users can be purposefully unclear. Even so, it feels like it would be useful to have all the public numbers in one place. So here they are, with links back to the sources for the figures, and a changelog at the bottom detailing the updates. At the end of March , Spotify had million monthly active users , including million premium subscribers and million ad-supported i.
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Choosing between Spotify and Apple Music is no easy task, especially when each service has its own interface, set of exclusive bonus tracks, and a myriad of unique social components. Spotify paved the way for the current music-streaming market, and while there are no signs of a slowdown — the company added another 6 million paid subscribers in the third quarter of — Apple Music is no slouch. See more Best music-streaming services Best internet radio stations Spotify vs. Pandora Best music podcasts. This meaty concoction helped Apple reach impressive growth in listeners, with 60 million premium subscribers vaulting it atop Spotify at one point in the U. Still, Spotify remains the global champ. The competition between these two has helped the recording industry reach record heights for digital revenue, and the question of which is better has become increasingly tough to answer. Join us below to see which of these juggernaut music-streaming services is right for you. Spotify for iOS Spotify for Android.
Apple Music: Getting started
Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc. Users select music to stream to their device on-demand, or they can listen to existing playlists. The service also includes the Internet radio stations Apple Music 1 , Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country, which broadcast live to over countries 24 hours a day. New subscribers get a six-month free trial period before the service requires a monthly subscription. Originally strictly a music service, Apple Music began expanding into video in Executive Jimmy Iovine has stated that the intention for the service is to become a "cultural platform", and Apple reportedly wants the service to be a "one-stop shop for pop culture". The company is actively investing heavily in the production and purchasing of video content, both in terms of music videos and concert footage that support music releases, as well as web series and feature films. The original iOS version of Apple Music received mixed reviews, with criticism directed towards a user interface deemed "not intuitive". However, it was praised for its playlist curation, a vast library of songs to stream, and its integration with other Apple devices and services. In iOS 10 , the app received a significant redesign, which received positive reviews for an updated interface with less clutter, improved navigation, and a bigger emphasis on users' libraries.
The last disclosure regarding the Mac maker's music-streaming service came this past summer, when services chief Eddy Cue told a French media outlet that Apple Music had reached 60 million subscribers. Apple doesn't regularly disclose Apple Music subscribers but instead tends to announce when it hits various milestones. Here are some of the prior milestone disclosures:. It took just five months to add the most recent 10 million subscribers that we know about , compared to roughly nine months to get from 40 million to 50 million. In other words, Apple Music subscriber growth appears to be accelerating as the company continues to focus on services monetization. That also suggests that Apple Music should be approaching 70 million subscribers, if it hasn't already crossed that threshold. Cook's reticence on the topic is a bit peculiar considering Apple's penchant for touting milestones and achievements.