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Spotify subscribers 2x Apple Music, with big podcast news too – 9to5Mac

Spotify subscribers 2x Apple Music, with big podcast news too – 9to5Mac

Spotify subscribers rose 29% year-on-year during the final quarter of 2019, reports the company. It now has 124M premium members, compared to Apple Music’s last reported number of 60M.

Spotify is gaining ground, however, last year adding a Your Daily Podcasts playlist designed to surface shows likely to be of interest to individual subscribers.

It was recently revealed that Amazon Music has a subscriber base somewhere close to that of Apple Music. However, Apple tends to only announce each 10M milestone, so the company could potentially now be closer to 70M.

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How Streaming Is Changing Music : The Record : NPR

Apple’s entry into the market isn’t the signal that the world is ready for streaming music; it’s proof that the transition has already begun…

There was a moment in the mid-2000s when it seemed like we might be collecting songs, one-by-one, into eternity. Internet connections were getting faster, hard drives stored more data in tinier spaces, songs were easier than ever to find and available for little or no money. Every year, the new version of Apple’s iPod, first introduced in 2001 with a now-adorable 5GB of storage space, held thousands upon thousands more songs. It was easy to imagine this trend approaching a music lover’s fantasy: a day in the future when we’d be able to carry songs in our pockets, at full fidelity, by the millions. READ MORE

How Streaming Is Changing Music

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