Apple Music Reportedly Beats Spotify in Number of Paid U.S. Subscribers

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The latter music streaming service is rumoured to launch in India this year, although details are limited at the moment. Indeed, according to a report from Digital Music News, Apple Music has finally surpassed Spotify in overall United States subscribers. An anonymous source spilled the unofficial news, which puts Apple Music ahead of its primary competitor, as well as Tidal, Sirius XM, and even more popular music streaming services. It's worth noting that Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which operates in North America exclusively, is now at the top spot with more than 33 million subscribers.

Apple Music and Spotify can now both claim "20 million plus" subscribers in the United States, putting them essentially in a tie. While we don't know exact figures yet, the report confirms Apple Music has indeed taken the lead.

According to the publication, the new report also indicates that Apple's growth rate in 2018 has far outpaced Spotify's, which suggests that Apple Music's lead will continue to grow in the coming months. Apple Music, however, is "a hair ahead", which is not a surprise.

Globally, however, Spotify is still in the lead with over 160 million subscribers. This is an astonishing example of Apple's popularity in its home market, given that Spotify is outperforming Apple Music handily in all other markets. In March, the platform hit the 38 million paid subscriber milestone, going on to shoot past 40 million subscribers the following month. Overall, Apple Music has garnered over 45 million subscribers across the globe, with an additional 5-10 million estimated users listening with free trials.

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