Apple Music snags 6.5 million paying subscribers

Apple Music snags 6.5 million paying subscribers
Back in August, Apple revealed that it had signed up 11 million people for its three-month free trial for Apple Music. On September 30th, a large number of those people had to decide between subscribing to the service, or letting it go. The service launched on June 30th. On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that 6.5 million subscribers decided to pay for Apple Music.

In addition, another 8.5 million are currently signed up for the three-month free trial. Apple does not offer a free ad-supported tier of service, unlike its rival Spotify. Of Spotify's 75 million subscribers, only 20 million are paying for the service. While Apple was negotiating with music publishers earlier in the year to determine the royalty rates for Apple Music, the tech titan allegedly asked the publishers to put pressure on Spotify to shut down its ad-supported free plan.

Apple Music features streaming music and playlists curated by humans. A service called "Connect" is essentially an online bulletin board where artists can communicate with fans, and a 24/7 radio station called Beats 1 will entertain you. Apple charges $9.99 per month for individual subscribers, while a plan is available for families with up to six members. The latter is priced at $14.99 a month. Apple says that subscribers have access to more than 30 million songs.


source: CNET

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14 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like that money baby, (money baby money baby) I like that money baby, (money baby money baby) I like that money baby, (money baby money baby) That's that s**t I like (Oh, O Oh O) Apple's New Theme Song By K Camp LOL.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You know that this song would easily apply to every company. Heck, it would be my theme song :d

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True True.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not bad I'm surprised by Spotify's numbers, I assumed it would be higher How does Play Music compare in terms of paid users?

4. Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

"We have music experts, just like the DJ when we were growing up...that are deciding what's next. And it gives you a feeling that there are no words in my vocabulary to describe. It brings the art back in music."-Tim Cook, CEO, Apple I was close to throwing up when reading such a bulls**t. It gives you a feeling that there are no words in my vocabulary to describe.... OMG your are talking about freaking music. What kind of words could you be missing here tim cook? Can't find words anymore my ass!

5. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Good service

7. AlikMalix unregistered

$10 a month is what I spend buying music per month on average. Not much new impresses me these days. So I passed on Apple Music - I like to own my stuff!

8. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

If Apple could be bothered, i would be a subscriber and so would my friends and family...Apple music was the best i used, but the bugs makes it unuseable (for example, there was a bug where it wouldn't even accept a payment).

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, the Google Play Store had something like that a while back, it would accept payment, but there would be an error during the transaction that wouldn't give you the file you bought for maybe a few hours. I haven't seen it in a long long time so I'm sure they fixed it.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

PA forgetting the spin that they lost 4.5million subscribers once the trial ran out...just saying PA keep it classy.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Apple said that it was not true that they lost nearly half of their user base.... they only lost 41%. :P lol http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-denies-claim-that-half-of-early-adopters-have-ditched-Apple-Music_id72821

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah... it's reporting the same 6.5 million or 41% this very article is about.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2134; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It took Spotify nearly 5 years to get to 20 million paid. Apple will get there in less than 2 years.

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