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Apple Music may have just unseated Spotify in the US

Apple Music may have just unseated Spotify in the US

The news comes via Digital Music News from a confidential source who shared a report with subscriber numbers for streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and more. That steady increase was partly attributed to the number of Apple devices that include Apple Music-specific features.

Apple Music has reportedly surpassed Spotify in terms of paying subscribers in the United States, a feat that only needed time to happen due to the higher growth rate of Apple's music streaming service. Citing a source said to be a US-based distributor, Digital Music News claims that it has seen a report which details the latest figures of several music streaming services, including Apple Music and Spotify.

A year ago, Spotify boasted 17 million US subscribers, compared to 13 million for Apple music. Apple Music, on the other hand, has only been around for three years.

Globally, however, Spotify is still in the lead with over 160 million subscribers. But that's the thing: While iPhone trails Android by a wide margin worldwide, it is just as popular as Android here in the U.S. So that narrow market isn't really all that narrow. Back then the Apple US-based subscriber growth rate was 5 percent in the country as compared to Spotify's 2 percent. Spotify is still the dominant player globally, but Apple's growth rate is faster than Spotify's in the USA, the world's largest market for music. In March, the platform hit the 38 million paid subscriber milestone, going on to shoot past 40 million subscribers the following month.

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