Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Music had hit 50 million paid members, not including people who are listening free with its trademark three-month trial period. The last time the company included free trials was more than a year ago, when it disclosed total members in May 2018.has surpassed 60 million subscribers, as Apple resumed counting people with free accounts. In January,
Spotify offers a shorter (30-day) free trial, and it counts free subscribers during that promotional period if they have entered credit card details (which is the norm). Regardless of accounting quirks, Spotify still holds a gaping lead over Apple Music -- Spotify reported as of the end of March.
As culture shifts to streaming as the Apple Music launched seven years after Spotify, but Apple's subscription music service may , the biggest market for recorded music in the world.listen to tunes, Apple Music and Spotify have emerged as the leaders in a two-way race to dominate subscription music.
Though Spotify remains the biggest streaming service by both listeners and subscribers, Apple Music has benefited from the popularity of the iPhone to recruit new members. That gives Apple Music a leg up in countries like the US, where use of the iPhone is greater than it is in the rest of the world at large.
But because Spotify has a free tier that Apple lacks, Spotify has 217 million people total using its service at least once a month.
French outlet Numerama first reported the subscriber figures in an interview with Apples's software and services boss .
Originally published June 27.
Updated June 28: With details about free trials.