The Weeknd's New Single Streamed Nearly Twice as Many Times on Apple Music Than Spotify [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Weeknd's new single "Call Out My Name" was streamed 6 million times in its first 24 hours of release on Apple Music last Friday, March 30. As a comparison, Apple Music's streams of the song nearly doubled Spotify's 3.5 million streams in the same 24-hour period.

    As reported by The Verge today, Apple Music's numbers on the new song are impressive given the context of Spotify's advertising push for The Weeknd's new album "My Dear Melancholy." On Friday, Spotify debuted two exclusive videos from the album, one of which was for "Call Out My Name." The Weeknd also tagged Spotify in multiple Instagram posts focusing on the new videos after the album dropped.


    Still, Apple Music beat out Spotify for the single's streams on Friday, and in total Apple's service managed over 26 million streams for the full My Dear Melancholy album.
    In March 2017, Drake's "More Life" album streamed 29 million more times on Apple Music than on Spotify in its first 24 hours of launch. Later in the fall, Post Malone dropped his single "Rockstar" and quickly broke Apple Music records with over 25 million streams in one week, grabbing 56 percent of the first week streams of the song in the United States.

    At the time, Apple Music head of artist curation Carl Chery said that the company repeatedly wins the streaming game on songs like "Rockstar" because it's "ahead of the curve on them."
    In terms of paying subscribers, Apple Music had 38 million worldwide as of March 2018, and Spotify had 71 million as of February 2018. Spotify also has a free, ad-supported tier, giving it over 159 million listeners overall around the world.

    The latest addition to Apple Music launched last week in the form of an overhauled music videos section, where subscribers can stream continuous video playlists, watch exclusive videos, and browse a deep back catalog of video content.

    Update: Spotify now claims that streams of "Call Out My Name" reached 7.5 million in its first 24 hours of release, while the full "My Dear Melancholy" album was streamed 29 million times, surpassing Apple Music on both counts. The Verge asked The Weeknd's label, Republic Records, for the single's streaming numbers again, but instead of the previous 3.5 million number, the label said it was streamed 6.5 million times on Friday, which is still one million less than Spotify's claims. It remains unclear which number is accurate.

    Article Link: The Weeknd's New Single Streamed Nearly Twice as Many Times on Apple Music Than Spotify [Updated]
  2. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Spotify's subscribers and users figures are fishy. In theory, Spotify has about as many subscribers as Apple in the US, or more, and many more abroad.

    In theory.
  3. Imm0rta1Crow macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2016
    Apparently, Apple has a larger hip hop / rap clientele.
  4. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
  5. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Not surprising. Apple Music is fine if all you want to listen to is on the radio, but if that's all you want, you can stream radio stations for free - why bother paying for AM? Eh, you're too dumb to listen to anything not on the radio, so it shouldn't surprise me that you're too dumb to realize you can get it for free.

    Spotify's appeal comes out of its insane ability to give you obscure songs that have fewer than 1000 total plays worldwide that you love.
  6. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    I get much better discovery on Spotify. Apple Music is so convoluted and it’s mostly the fault of iTunes being an app from the Byzantine empire.
  7. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Not surprising especially since each time I launch Apple Music on my iPhone they're always suggesting hip-hop/rap playlists on the "for you" section. Spotify on the other hand, they actually suggest playlists for music that more closely represent what I listen to on a daily basis (I do listen to hip-hop/rap, but not every single day).
  8. daduang macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2018
    Not sure if serious but Abel Tesfaye chose to spell it as The Weeknd as to not be confused with an already existing Canadian band named The Weekend
  9. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    That’s cuz I assume Apple Music is mostly used in the US and they love hip hop / r&b whatever more
  10. gnipgnop macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    Such as?
  11. askep3 macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    California, US
    Listening to popular music = dumb

    Apart from that, the entire point of streaming services is to play any music you want when you want. Just because the radio plays the same songs doesn’t mean it serves the same purpose as a streaming service
  12. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Interesting and important given the value of those mainstream artists and songs. I don't think it speaks overall to Apple having more engagement or better delivery though, it's anecdotal but *could* be a sign of overall strength of their ecosystem.
  13. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I didn't see any disclaimer from the writer at The Verge whether he was long or short Spotify at their IPO pop.
  14. WWPD macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2015
    Ten Forward
    I guess I'm in the minority, I tried Spotify and hated the layout and it was too dark. Apple Music is bright, with large album artwork. I've never had Rap/Hip-Hop in my "For You" suggestions, I always love songs I enjoy and it suggests more of the same style from other artists. I've discovered many new artists in the New Music Mix.
  15. one more macrumors 6502a

    one more

    Aug 6, 2015
    I had been using Spotify before Apple Music came about, tried Apple Music for three months, saw what a mess it was just after launch, said “No, thanks!” and stayed with Spotify. Apart from the UI preferences, I see no single reason to switch, as Spotify does everything I need just fine.
  16. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    The Weeknd is neither rap nor hip hop.
  17. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    I guess the guy was dead set on the name. I figured they were just copying the startup trend of dropping vowels to be cool. i.e Rdio/Flickr.
  18. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    I really hope Spotify continues to thrive. Apple has been in the digital music business since 2001, and still their iTunes and Music apps suck. They just can’t move quickly enough.

    It’s 2018 and I can’t add an MP3 of my own creation to my music library on my iPhone, and I can’t sync playlists of iTunes purchased music across devices without using iTunes on a computer? Ridiculous.
  19. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    What is the purpose of this? Who cares? I've never heard of them. Is this supposed make Spotify users feel inferior and switch to Apple Music?

    I liken this sort of "news" to the junk on Fox News. Pointless, yet still demeaning.
  20. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    You've never heard of them.
  21. zooby macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
    "Too much Hip-Hop/Rap on Apple Music and Beats 1"
    "Spotify is SO much better! Discover recommendations FTW!"
    "Who cares? What I want to know is when the new Macs are coming"
    "Modern music sucks so much."

    There, saved you guys time.
  22. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
  23. Imm0rta1Crow macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2016
  24. pauloregan macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2017
  25. tebruno99 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    This doesn't surprise me at all. I've never listened to Rap/Hip-Hop a day in my life but my "For You" section is almost 100% Pharrell Williams, Rhianna, Eminem, etc.

    Apple likes to force whatever THEY think is popular/whoever paid them to be in the top spot for your "For You" section, not what you actually like to listen to. Something Spotify NEVER does to me.

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