Spotify has reign supreme as the go-to music streaming service for some time now. Seems like there is a disturbance on that reign. 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 report claims that Spotify also has in excess of 20 million paying customers in the US, but Apple is now in the lead.
The report also claims that Apple Music’s growth is stronger than that of any other on-demand streaming service for music. Overall, Apple Music has garnered over 45 million subscribers across the globe, with an additional 5-10 million estimated users listening with free trials. Spotify bests Apple in the global arena though, with more than 70 million paid subscribers worldwide, and about 160 million overall users.
A recent report from Music Business Worldwide offered a deep dive on the early stats both service released on Drake’s Scorpion. In the first day, Spotify notched 132.4 million streams globally while Apple Music counted 170 million. There are a number of factors that could’ve contributed to this, including the fact the album appeared on Apple Music right at midnight while it wasn’t available on Spotify until a couple hours later.
However, this comparison also indicates Apple Music is more popular in the US than Spotify. And when it comes to one of biggest — if not the biggest — release of the year, that’s a problem for a company trying to prove its profitability.
The next big battle between Apple Music and Spotify will be for the global music streaming crown, with Apple currently boasting 45 million paying users worldwide versus 70 million for Spotify.