According to a new report ousted by Digital Music news, Apple Music has freshly overtaken Spotify in the US.
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.
Apple Music's's rate of growth is also higher than Spotify's, therefore Apple is expected to widen its lead in the coming months. In the meantime, Apple Music enjoys around 45 million subscribers around the world, all of which are paying ones as the service has no free tier.
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Anyone who has been keeping up with this heated platform war shouldn't be too surprised at the results. Back in February, the publication reported Apple Music would surpass Spotify in USA paid subscriptions if it maintained a growth rate of 5 percent. At that rate, it was inevitable that Apple Music would take the lead eventually. Apple Music, on the other hand, has only been around for three years.
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.
A defeat in the U.S. isn't the death knell of the service but it does mean Spotify has to work harder to remain competitive, lest it become the next Pandora.