FT: Apple Music hits 10 million subscribers in six months

FT: Apple Music hits 10 million subscribers in six months
According to a report in today's Financial Times, Apple Music now has 10 million subscribers. It took Apple only six months to reach that figure compared to the six-years it took rival steamer Spotify to hit the benchmark. Still, the latter continues to add subscribers as its app remains popular inside the App Store. This past June, Spotify announced that it had 20 million listeners who pay for the service out of a total of 75 million users. The majority listen to Spotify for free, with the service supported by ads.

Unlike Spotify, Apple Music does not have a free ad-supported tier of service. Instead, Apple offers a three month free trial. At the end of the 90 days, users can either stop using the service, or pay $9.99 a month to continue receiving the stream. Families can pay $14.99 a month for up to six people. Last October, Apple announced that it had signed up 11 million people for the free trial, with 6.5 million paying for Apple Music.

Apple Music was born out of Apple's purchase of Beats Music, which took place in 2014. Apple paid $3 billion for the company, the highest price that Apple has ever spent on an acquisition. The purchase included the Beats Audio line of headsets.

With speculation that Apple will remove the 3.5 mm earphone jack on the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, we could see the company stream Hi-Res music this year using the Lightning port on the phone. If the rumors turn out to be true, Apple could make the iPhone 7 waterproof and thinner. It also could add the room needed for a larger capacity battery.

source: FinancialTimes via SeekingAlpha

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40 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31285; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just can't get into the music streaming thing. That's one of the reasons I go for max storage, I just download and make playlists. I can see why people like em though, but you need unlimited data to really take advantage.

2. FluffyBled unregistered

+1 to that!

5. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I prefer local storage, too. But the streaming is good for finding new music, checking out new bands.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31285; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, that's true.

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

The iMusic 10 million benchmark does come as a supprise, since i***** gladly pay top dollar just to be limited to 16GB of non-expandable storage. iPOS

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The sound of no one caring.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31285; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol exactly

31. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

You don't care? Then why reply to my comment in the first place? SMH

32. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hey Hex, no one is blind in here, and clearly no one is stupid enough(except for you) to not realize that you and that fake account of artee8800 are the same dude. As bad as artee was, he was never this guy you are tying to impersonate. And don't get mad over me calling you HEX, ok HEX?

79. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Because he's an Apple fanboy that spends all day and all night trolling Android. You are not permitting about saying anything bad about Apple or he gets irate.

7. Nopers unregistered

Eh not really. I listen to Spotify about 4 hours a week on data on. 5gb plan and I never really go past 4 gigs.

9. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 702; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Streaming Spotify does not count against my data. I am with T-Mobile.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The thing with Apple vs Spotify, is that Apple had an already existing music service and Apple Music was a natural progression for Apple itunes users. Spotify is a startup, stand alone company, who offered a very unique service (and still does) and drawing on none of the user base Apple already had. So again, iPhone Arena irrelevant article spinning bu11sh!t

23. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

+1 Yep, I have Spotify and Slacker and make playlists on Spotify and download them to my phone. With Slacker I cache stations for play offline VERY handy feature. That's why I went with the 128gb iPhone. I dunno about the High Resolution audio on the iPhone though, my Sony Z3V supports HR audio and I just bought my first HR album from HDTracks and loaded it on the phone much smoother! If Apple does support HR audio and kills the headphone Jack it might be an equal trade...

26. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Oh, one thing I should mention about the HR albums: When I rip a normal CD into FLAC it takes up roughly 300mb cutting its size on CD in half (roughly) that HR album I bought 96/24 FLAC takes up 900mb! So HR audio will EAT space like nothing else, I fear my 128gb 6s Plus might not even be enough..

27. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

We have a streaming service called Anghami here in the middle east. It offers both arabic and western music for free streaming, or free streaming plus 1gb of downloadable content for 1$/month, or 5$ plan for unlimited downloads and streaming as well. The best part of it, is that each downloaded song takes 1MB max. Look for it on play store or app store, you will like it.

51. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmm I'll check that out. +1

70. Rafishant

Posts: 398; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Anghami is the best music streaming app

47. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Bro, the data caps is the only problem. When that gets worked out, it's a no brainier.

71. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Hope you realize you can make a playlist and make it available "offline" so it doesn't use data ? Download songs, albums, and playlists to listen to offline "You can download songs, albums, or playlists to your device so that you can listen to them when you're not connected to the Internet.* You must download songs, albums, or playlists on each device that you want to use for offline listening. *You can download music on up to 10 devices. These songs are accessible only during your Apple Music membership."

74. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

or t mobile lol.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm using Apple Music right now. I'll be canceling in about a month. It's really not as good as other options.

75. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

agreed! i already deactivated the renew membership, google play music is leaps be leaps ahead. i might try spotifly before i go back to google since everyone talks about it, then again i was pretty happy with google play.

81. AlikMalix unregistered

Not darting an argument, but how is Google play music is "leaps be leaps ahead"? Your opinion?

4. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I wouldn't subscribe even if it was for free.

76. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

that just makes you a idiot for not taking paid things for free

11. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

That's mainly because Apple is too popular and most iPhone user would go for Apple Music instead of Spotify simply because it's already there (pre installed). In reality however, Spotify has the most feautures between the two and it Spotify that is ahead with what they offer. I personally prefer Spotify, Apple still has lots of work to do to catch up to it.

46. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I've used them both, extensively, and Spotify lacks a lot of music I listen to that Apple Music doesn't. In addition, the Spotify app is poorly coded trash that doesn't even push song/album/artist to any of my cars, but Apple Music does, in addition to pushing what is coming next.

78. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

when i first tried apple music, i was hopping it would push info to my car, but nope no luck. So how do you get it?

80. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It does it automatically. I have a 2016 WRX, and had a 2014 WRX before that, and Apple Music did it on both. Spotify would only push the info for the first song on both, then never update. Same goes for my wife's old Prius and her new Mazda 3.

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