Apple Music reportedly has more U.S. subscribers than Spotify

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

And the more credible Financial Times reports that the Apple Music subscriber base, at 21 to 21.5 million, is still slightly behind Spotify's, at 22 to 22.5 million. Indeed, according to a report from Digital Music News, Apple Music has finally surpassed Spotify in overall USA subscribers. SiriusXM satellite radio, which does not offer specific songs on demand, beats both Apple and Spotify with 33 million paid United States subscribers. The report citing "confidential details" shared by a major US-based music distributor reveals Apple Music now tops the "pile" among on-demand music streaming services in the country.

The new information is right in line with the Wall Street Journal's previous predictions. The data shows that Apple has a much stronger growth rate in the USA which means that the company will like extend its lead over Spotify in the coming months. Spotify's numbers didn't come close to matching that of Apple Music - 130 million streams compared to 170 million in that critical first day of Scorpion's release. Spotify has over 70 million subscribers globally and about 160 million total users.

A year ago, Spotify boasted 17 million USA subscribers, compared to 13 million for Apple music. Though the iPhone X's sales haven't quite lived up to Apple's expectations, the company's success in other parts of their business is undeniable.

Now that Apple Music has overtaken Spotify in terms of paid subscribers in the United States, what could be next for the music streaming service. Spotify claimed 75 million paying customers at the end of March, whereas Apple claimed 50 million, a number that is skewed upward because many of those were on free trials.

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