Spotify storms ahead of Apple Music with 100 million paid subscribers

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Spotify has reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2019, revealing that it has passed 100 million paid users.

This gives Spotify around twice the number of premium subscribers as the last reported figures for Apple Music. However, Apple Music may still have more paid subscribers in the United States.

This portable music player is basically iPod shuffle for Spotify [Deals]

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These little Mighty Vibe music players let you take more than 1,000 tracks from your Spotify library anywhere you go.
These little music players let you take more than 1,000 tracks from your Spotify library anywhere you go.
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With streaming services like Spotify, the age of the iPod seems to be coming to a close. But we also live in the era of reboots, so it’s no surprise that the classic iPod shuffle-style player is once again relevant in the age of streaming.

Apple Music finally passes Spotify in U.S. paid subscribers

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Apple Music beat its biggest rival in the U.S.
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More Americans pay to listen to Apple Music than Spotify. The Swedish company had been ahead since the iPhone maker got into the streaming music business back in 2015, but Apple finally closed the gap. And its growth is continuing to outpace its rival in the US.

Spotify still has many more paid subscribers globally, however.,

Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch app

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Deezer hopes to offer the best wrist-based music experience yet.
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Following on from Spotify’s Apple Watch debut, rival streaming music company Deezer has given its Apple Watch app a major version 2.0 overhaul.

The upgrade includes brand new features such as direct access to recently played tracks, favorites, and Deezer’s “Flow” personal music discovery system.

Apple Music and Spotify make up 80 percent of U.S. streaming subs

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Streaming subscriptions in the U.S. have come a long way!
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Streaming music has come a long way! According to a new report, the number of people now paying a monthly music streaming subscription in the U.S. is around 51 million. That’s close to double the number at the end of 2016!

In total, last year, streaming music services accounted for 65 percent of the recorded music revenue in the U.S. Spotify and Apple Music combined dominate “at least 80 percent” of the domestic music streaming market, and other platforms — including ones belonging to big names like Amazon and Google — are already, “falling surprisingly far behind.”

EU may finally allow Apple to buy Shazam

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The wait for Apple to acquire a popular music-identification app is almost over.
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Apple has been trying to buy Shazam since last December, but the deal has been held up for months by regulators in the EU. That’s reportedly just about to change.

It’s likely Apple wants this music-identification app as part of its ongoing battle with Spotify.

Apple Music adds new ‘Coming Soon’ section

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Apple Music was mysteriously absent from the WWDC 2018 keynote.
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Staying on top of your favorite bands’ new albums just got a little bit easier, thanks to an Apple Music update that adds a “Coming Soon” section to the iOS app.

Apple began rolling out the new feature, which showcases new music expected to be released in the coming weeks, to Apple Music users today. Here’s where to find it – and how to use it.