Apple Music Overtakes Spotify in U.S.

By Anna Breuer on 7 April 2019
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Beats 1 on Apple Music

Beats 1 on Apple Music

Apple Music overtook Spotify in the number of paid U.S. subscriptions earlier this year, in a major shift in the music-streaming business.

Apple’s service had roughly 28 million paid subscribers at the end of February, in comparison to Spotify’s 26 million.

The news was first reported by Reuters.

Apple Music is Apple’s streaming service that was launched in June 2015. Users can select specific music to stream on demand or listen to curated playlists. The service also includes the Beats 1 Internet radio station. Apple Music had 56 million subscribers worldwide at the end of 2018 according to Billboard.

Launched in 2008, Spotify is a Swedish streaming service that offers music and podcasts. As of February 2019, it had 207 million users including 96 million paid subscribers.

Both Apple and Spotify charge $9.99 per month for subscriptions. Apple offers users a free, three-month trial while Spotify has a free tier that is ad supported in addition to its paid subscriptions.

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