Apple Music launches its own ‘Top 100’ song charts

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Apple will begin publishing “Top 100” Apple Music charts from its 50 million-plus subscribers as it seeks to apply more muscle in an ultra-competitive music-streaming business.

Apple quietly launched a software update today to roll out the numeric charts that will show a global “Top 100” plus lists for the top-streamed songs in every country the service is offered.

The magazine Rolling Stone reported on the charts today after receiving a demo from Apple Music executives. The lists will be featured under the “Browse” tap and will update daily at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the magazine reported.

Apple Music has made a number of moves recently as closes in on its biggest competitor Spotify. In addition to adding original content, like music documentaries, Apple Music launched a music-publishing division and has hosted a number of exclusive concerts, according to the magazine.

“While Apple Music’s executives did not comment on the timing of the charts’ debut or the inspiration for adding the feature into the service, music charts – which are just as much presentations of influence and control to the industry as they are a bit of information for the casual user – have become a hot topic in the music business in the last year,” Rolling Stone’s Amy X. Wang wrote.

Apple Music “Top 100” charts follow similar moves by Billboard and YouTube. In May, Billboard changed its algorithm for its charts to give more weight to paid streams over free streams. YouTube responded by establishing its own platform-specific charts, the magazine reported.

Source: Rolling Stone