Apple Music snags 6.5 million paying subscribers
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.