Apple Music reportedly has more U.S. subscribers than Spotify. According to information garnered by Digital Music News, Apple is slightly ahead of Spotify in stateside subscriber counts with both streaming music services cresting the 20 million subscriber threshold.
Digital Music News cites the source as “a US-based, major distributor” who shared details of a report that included subscriber counts for Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and SiriusXM. The report ranks Apple tops among streaming music companies – satellite broadcaster SiriusXM leads everyone in the report with more than 33 million subscribers.
“Both Apple Music and Spotify have more than 20 million subscribers in America, with Apple now a hair ahead,” Digital Music News wrote. “The source requested that we withhold exact subscriber numbers beyond mentioning ’20 million plus,’ to protect confidentiality.”
The subscriber count in the report does not include trial subscriptions to Apple Music, which company CEO Tim Cook did include in May when claiming 50 million worldwide subscribers.
The report also shows that Apple Music is “experiencing a far stronger rate-of-growth in the United States,” Digital Music News reported, bolstered by its native integration in iPhones, iPads and other Apple-manufactured devices.
In February, the Wall Street Journal reported Apple’s monthly subscription growth rate for U.S. subscribers was at 5% compared to Spotify’s 2% monthly growth.