Apple Music is rapidly growing in popularity on Android, hitting big Google Play milestone

Apple Music is rapidly growing in popularity on Android, hitting big Google Play milestone
Apple unveiled a ton of interesting stuff at a (Hollywood) star-studded event yesterday, but much to the disappointment of iPod Touch fans and potential AirPower buyers, not a single hardware announcement was made on stage in the Steve Jobs Theater during this "Show Time" shindig. While Apple's focus on the so-called "services" business has sharply increased over the past year or so, it's safe to assume the company's TV+, News+, and Arcade platforms wouldn't have happened were it not for the success of Apple Music.

Released back in 2015 in more than 100 countries around the world, the music streaming service quickly emerged as the primary challenger to Spotify's throne. Almost four years later, the global subscriber gap between the two remains pretty large, but Apple Music continues to make great strides in the US, as well as on other platforms apart from iOS.

After expanding its support to Alexa-powered smart speakers (made by Amazon and other brands), the service recently crossed an interesting milestone on Android, according to Sensor Tower estimates. Even though the app isn't exactly well-reviewed in Google's Play Store, with a mediocre 3.5-star average score based on over 280,000 ratings, a whopping 40 million Android users in total have reportedly tried out Apple Music since its 2015 debut. That's not bad for something that's only gained Android tablet compatibility a couple of months back.

Apple Music is rapidly growing in popularity on Android, hitting big Google Play milestone

What's perhaps even more impressive is that quarterly Android installs have apparently begun to surge again after a temporary but steep decline in late 2017 and early 2018. In fact, Q1 2019 could be Apple Music's best-ever three-month period in terms of Google Play downloads, which are expected to reach 3.8 million by the end of March. That would represent an increase of half a million downloads from the final quarter of last year and an incredible 1.5 million more installs than back in Q2 2018. 

Obviously, it's unclear how many of these downloads typically end up converting into long-term paid subscriptions, but that figure is also up, so there's definitely a correlation between the two, even when not taking iOS usage and install numbers into consideration. 

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25 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1134; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The free trial from Verizon probably helps these numbers a lot

2. dnomadic

Posts: 372; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Ding ding ding.... That what I would rather as well... When it is offered for free to certain unlimited subscribers it will boost numbers greatly. Well played Apple. However... I will tick with Google play Music/YouTube music and my commercial free youtube

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 1917; Member since: May 04, 2015

So about 1.5% of Android users worldwide have downloaded Apple Music and that's supposed to be an achievement?

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 1875; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That’s 1.5% more users than ever used Samsung’s Milk Music (defunct), so yeah that’s an achievement.

5. nikhil23

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

let's compare that number to YT music or spotify

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 1917; Member since: May 04, 2015

What the heck does Samsung have to do with this? Apple are competing with Spotify in this segment Mr. apple-foolz.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

Apple fanboys are particularly triggered by anything Samsung, for some reason. It appears to make them angry and insecure.

12. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Shills will be shills.

17. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1175; Member since: May 01, 2017

It's about streaming services which Samsung tried to get apart of but failed. Don't be a salty vag

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6391; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Considering the fact that 2y of AM is almost as much as the average ASP for Android devices, it might be a big achievement.

11. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It's 40 million, it's a lot! no matter how you try to twist it.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 1917; Member since: May 04, 2015

40 million with the majority in the US. Overall it's insignificant compared to Spotify and YT music.

18. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1175; Member since: May 01, 2017

I've tried them all...Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and pretty much every other streaming service you can think of. Apple comes out on top just because the sound quality is better from them. I even tried HI-FI Tidal and it sounded no different than their basic tier

21. wickedwilly

Posts: 542; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Are you joking I used Deezer for a few years, now use both Spotify and Tidal. I also used Apple Music for two three month trials and there is no way AM sounds better than these. Tidal has the best sound quality overall even before you take into account its Masters quality level. I listen on IM's, overear headphones and various hi-fi setups, all good quality and Apple music is a step down from Tidal Hifi.

19. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I've contributed to at least 4 downloads in this number. A couple times a year I will create a fake apple Id to test any improvements to AM and then delete it an hour later because it does nothing better then spotify, Google or you tube music.

20. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Family plans should be counted too. You can switch from an iPhone but not necessarily want to switch your music over.

25. suavemezie

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

People are just using the trial period to try it out. I did, and will never even give it a second thought on my android phone. There are better alternatives for an android user

26. 7thlvl

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 09, 2018

Ill stick with pandora

27. sun0066

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

got 3 services x 1 : google play music , YT music and YT . happy!

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