Apple Music overtakes Spotify in subscriber numbers in the US

Major music distributor says Apple Music now has more US paying subscribers than Spotify

Apple Music and Spotify each have 20 million paid subscribers in the United States, according to an exclusive Digital Music News report. The Wall Street Journal in February noted that Apple Music was already "on the verge" of surpassing Spotify.

According to a report by Digital Music News that claims the information was gathered by a "US-based, major distributor", Apple music has finally surpassed Spotify in monthly paid subscribers.

Music industry sources predicted back in February that Apple Music would overtake Spotify in United States subscribers this summer, and a major music distributor says that this has now happened. A new report is claiming that for the first time, the number of Apple Music subscribers has surpassed Spotify Premium subscribers in the US.

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Apple is likely to draw about USA 27 million users by the end of the year, with Spotify expected to have 24 million.

Technology giant Apple has narrowed Spotify's lead in the music streaming market. Back then the Apple US-based subscriber growth rate was 5 percent in the country as compared to Spotify's 2 percent. Apple now has the leading on-demand streaming service in the US.

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. However, the figure is no match to Spotify's 75 million paid subscribers as of March 31. The data was specifically referring to paid users as well, so no one still on either Apple or Spotify's free trial was included.

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