Apple Music now has more paying subscribers in the USA than Spotify, according to confidential details shared with DigitalMusicNews. Spotify falls into the same bracket, but has now dropped into second place when it comes to popularity. Spotify is still the dominant player globally, but Apple's growth rate is faster than Spotify's in the US, the world's largest market for music. According to DMN, the latter company has only 45 million paid subscribers worldwide, while the latter has 70 million. 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. 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. Apple Music, on the other hand, has only been around for three years.More news: Trump Narrows SCOTUS Choices To Three
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Spotify still has a significantly larger subscriber base worldwide than Apple Music, but it's worth keeping in mind that Spotify is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Apple Music overtaking Spotify is a significant achievement, but it was not at all surprising. Back then the Apple US-based subscriber growth rate was 5 percent in the country as compared to Spotify's 2 percent.
However, this comparison also indicates Apple Music is more popular in the United States than Spotify. In March, the platform hit the 38 million paid subscriber milestone, going on to shoot past 40 million subscribers the following month.