Apple Music just may have overtaken Spotify in the US

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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. The paper calculated that Spotify was growing at 2% per month while Apple Music was at 5%.

According to a report by Digital Music News that claims the information was gathered by a "US-based, major distributor", Apple music has finally surpassed Spotify in monthly paid subscribers. Last year, Apple had 13 million USA subscribers compared to Spotify's 17 million subscribers.

Apple is likely to draw about USA 27 million users by the end of the year, with Spotify expected to have 24 million.

But let's not quibble over the details: It seems certain that Apple Music and Spotify are basically neck-and-neck at the moment, from a subscriber count in the U.S. And that Apple will surpass Spotify soon, if it hasn't already.

In February, it was reported that the number of Spotify paid subscribers worldwide was double compared to Apple Music, but it was believed that Apple Music will catch up by the summer.

Looked at more broadly, however, Apple serves what should be a fairly narrow market of iPhone owners, where Spotify is popular on both Android and iPhone. I suspect that Spotify has roughly twice as many paying subscribers as Apple does, overall. In March, the platform hit the 38 million paid subscriber milestone, going on to shoot past 40 million subscribers the following month.

While exact numbers were not given in order to protect the identity of the source, Apple Music is said to have "20 million plus" subscribers.

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