Apple Music is reportedly bigger than Spotify in the United States now

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Back in February, music industry analytics have predicted that Apple Music would have more paying subscribers than Spotify by the end of this year's summer.

Apple Music's total subscriber numbers still can't quite compete with Spotify's global user base, but it seems it has a fighting chance in the U.S. market. We don't have specific user numbers, but that distributor says that both Apple Music and Spotify now have more than 20 million subscribers in the U.S., with Apple Music slightly in the lead. Spotify has an additional 90M users on the free tier, while Apple is estimated to have 5-10M trial subscribers. Spotify falls into the same bracket, but has now dropped into second place when it comes to popularity. The report ranks Apple Music as the number one primarily on-demand music platform in the United States, finally dethroning Spotify. But while the headlines have been zeroed in on every move the platform makes, Apple Music has been steadily and silently edging ahead of the competition. Spotify still owns a large worldwide lead with 70 million paid subscribers globally and - when you factor in all Spotify's free, ad-supported accounts - 160 million overall users. At that rate, it was inevitable that Apple Music would take the lead eventually. Those numbers come by way of Music Business Worldwide who got official numbers from Apple and used Spotify's public-facing charts to get its data.

However, this comparison also indicates Apple Music is more popular in the USA than Spotify. However, the figure is no match to Spotify's 75 million paid subscribers as of March 31.

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