Apple Music Now Has More Subscribers Than Spotify in the U.S.

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Both streaming platforms now have around 20 million paying users in the states; however, Apple Music recently pulled ahead of Spotify by "a hair".

Thanks to Apple Music's rapid growth in the past year, it will continue widening the gap between Spotify and Apple's streaming service.

Neither Apple nor Spotify has commented publicly on this development.

As the battle between the top streaming services rages on, Apple Music has reportedly beat Spotify in one of the most important areas.

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Music industry sources predicted back in February that Apple Music would overtake Spotify in USA subscribers this summer, and a major music distributor says that this has now happened.

Apple Music has now reached the 20 million paying subscribers milestone just after three years from launch, while Spotify, founded in 2006, entered the United States in 2011.

This is impressive on a number of levels. While we don't know exact figures yet, the report confirms Apple Music has indeed taken the lead. So both services have grown impressively since that time. However, considering the company filed to go public in the U.S. in April, reports that its primary competition there has made up what was once a massive lead won't be welcome news, especially to investors.

However, this comparison also indicates Apple Music is more popular in the U.S. than Spotify. 70 million of these enjoy the paid tier, Spotify Premium, whereas the others use the ad-supported free tier of the service. In the first 24 hours of release, "Scorpion" streamed on Apple Music 170 million times and 130 million times on Spotify.

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