Spotify Now Has 100M Premium Subscribers Worldwide

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Spotify now has 100 million paid subscribers around the world as of the first quarter of 2019 (via The Verge). The company announced the major milestone today, confirming that Spotify Premium subscribers grew 32 percent year-over-year. In total, there are 217 million monthly active users on Spotify (including the ad-supported tier).


    Spotify said that there were numerous reasons behind the growth in Q1 2019, namely including its Spotify Premium + Hulu bundle offered in the United States. Spotify launched this new bundle in March, offering a free subscription to Hulu with Limited Commercials at no extra cost for all U.S. Spotify subscribers.

    In the United Kingdom and France, Spotify offers all premium Family Plan subscribers a free Google Home Mini smart speaker. This offer is still ongoing and ends on May 14, 2019. According to Spotify, "voice speakers are a critical area of growth, particularly for music and podcasts." The company said that it plans to continue to pursue opportunities to expand its presence in this area.

    Spotify's update comes nearly six months after the company reported that it had reached 87 million paid subscribers and 191 million monthly active users. While Spotify is far ahead of Apple Music's over 50 million paid subscriber count, The Wall Street Journal earlier this month reported that Apple Music has surpassed Spotify's paid subscriber count in the United States.

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  2. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    The more people who are paying for music, the better. There is room for both Spotify and Apple Music.

    Spotify’s Hulu offer shows us how Apple might proceed with AppleTV+. My guess is that AppleMusic and AppleTV will be offered as a bundle.
  3. Onexy macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2012
    Spotify is the best service yet. The collaboration playlists and releases radar are great.
  4. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    The only reason we signed up for Spotify Premium is because of the Hulu bundle for $9.99 plus tax.
  5. iLoveDeveloping macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2009
    Spotify is way better than Apple Music, with Apple Music I don’t know what’s my music, what’s downloaded is totally confused. The only thing Apple Music has is individual song download, I don’t know anyone that listens to whole albums I certainly don’t, I want to download a song by song and build playlists
  6. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Apple needs to get their act together with music, fast. Most people I know have Spotify regular or premium. And as a result, it makes it very hard for me to share music and playlists with people I care about.

    This is an example of where market share is very important, as it effects the value and usability of the product.
  7. Steeley macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2011
    They also have the promotion in Australia by the way.

    Hi! You do now!

    I know what you mean! For what it’s worth, I use a Siri Shortcut with SongWhip to create universal links to tracks and albums I want to share. No luck with playlists though.
  8. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    You can't get a better deal than Spotify Premium + Hulu for $9.99/month.

    Certainly curious to see if Apple does something like this once AppleTV+ goes live.
  9. Jaylay14 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2011
    Edmonton, Canada
    What do you get confused by for seeing if something is downloaded on Apple Music? I find it pretty easy.
  10. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    Oh yeah Apple sure is on track to pass Spotify :rolleyes:
  11. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    I’m curious. Why do you want to know what’s yours etc? It’s all yours to listen to as you please.
  12. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    Spotify is far superior. The collated "Daily Mix" playlists based on songs you've liked across various genres is great, along with Discover Weekly and Release Radar. Very rarely do I ever search for a specific song now, I either pic a Daily Mix or radio based on a song I'm listening to.
  13. EdwardC macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2012
  14. bpp85 macrumors member


    Mar 16, 2013
    I’m one of those 100M. I just finished my Apple Music trial and i’ll stay with Spotify! :)
  15. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Competition is good. I’d like to see all the currently-surviving players in the market keep going.
  16. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    My issues with Apple Music today are the same as years ago; streaming tracks in areas with poor AT&T cell signal results in pauses/skips/delays playing back the music... which is never an issue on Spotify, for whatever reason.
  17. davie18 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2010
    I love Spotify but there are still a few things that really annoy me about it, mostly regarding the offline mode.

    It’s so annoying how you can’t just search for things which you have saved offline. You simply have you browse through the list of it rather than just quickly typing in a song name to search.

    And it’s also so irritating how you can go onto an artist’s page and view all of their albums separately when offline. It just puts them all in one big list instead.

    Why does their offline mode suck so much?
  18. Confuzzeled23 macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2009
    I just finished setting up my aunt for Spotify. She’s an Android user and her husband is anti-Apple. However I am an Apple Music user. I must say. Spotify’s interface is terrible! Adding something to your library doesn’t automatically download to the device (she wants to have everything she adds available so she doesn’t use data). So I’ve resorted to adding everything to a playlist that is set to download. But adding to a playlist doesn’t add to your library!

    Also when going to “my library” and going through artist etc. It doesn’t just show what you’ve added. Instead it brings you to their page.

    I really think Apple got it right with how it handles and sorts everything. Treating it like your iTunes library and it’s in your library like anything you’ve bought. Only showing what you’ve added.

    I think Apple Music’s interface is much more user friendly and makes more sense with adding things to your library.
  19. MauiPa macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2018
    hmmm. never heard of the "downloaded", "my library", or "Apple Music" selectors. You could try them and all your complaints would be solved.
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    works great for me, wonder what you are doing and the specifics of your "test".
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    "get their act together". that's a technical term for having more paying subscribers in US than spotify? As most of my friends are on Apple Music, I guess, I sure hope that Spotify gets its act together soon.

    Isn't it just as simple as saying people will have a preference of one over the other and it may be as simple as what they started using first? Enough of the empty, factless compares . I have used both, I prefer Apple Music because the interface is cleaner and more consistent with Apple Apps in general, no other reason.
  20. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Wish they would allow us to pay few bucks more for ad free version. No ads is a requirement for me, I refuse to watch shows with ads now
  21. Agit21 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2016
    Why would I want to make big corporations even bigger? I’d never use Apple Music. Apple already gets enough money from me.
    So I’m a happy Spotify user.
  22. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    The first part of your post you're saying that Spotify is better because on Apple Music you don't understand what's your music, even though there's an entire dedicated tab called Library which only shows your music, and a selector that shows you only what's downloaded.

    The second part of your post is saying that Apple Music is better than Spotify in that you can download individual songs.

    But Spotify is better? Quite the case you make there. :rolleyes:
  23. anzio macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2010
    Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
    We're pretty happy with Apple Music, and will probably stick with it unless Spotify really does something that pulls us away. Personal preference, of course.
  24. realtuner macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2019
    I don’t know how people can claim one service is “way better” or “vastly superior” to another. Both Spotify and Apple Music are pretty comparable with each having a few advantages over the other.
  25. Classie macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2018
    Some will like Spotify and others Appel Music; they are basically the same thing.
    Once Apple makes a bundle of music and tv, their value will outweigh Spotify’s by a mile. Maybe even adding magazines...

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