Spotify reveals 75 million active users ahead of Apple Music launch

As it prepares for a battle with Apple's upcoming rival Music platform, music streaming service Spotify has revealed it has 20 million premium subscribers and 75 million active users.

Spotify's premium service, which offers unlimited access to songs, albums and playlists on mobile and at home without the interruption of adverts, has doubled its number of subscribers during the last year, with over a quarter of its customer base now paying £9.99 a month.

The service has added an average of one new subscriber every three seconds over the last year. Data published earlier this year showed that the majority are now using smartphones and tablets to stream their favourite music.

A Spotify spokesperson said: "What a difference a year makes! At the end of May 2014, we reached 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. Today, we have reached more than 20 million subscribers and more than 75 million active users."

"We could have never achieved this growth without all of you: the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists every day."

Apple's new Music platform was unveiled earlier this week. It's set to combine songs, internet radio, a music video library, and several innovative ways for artists to connect with fans and share their tunes.

Industry analysts have suggested it could catch up with Spotify's 20 million subscribers in less than a year. Apple will charge the same price as Spotify per month for its streaming services, though it will offer a longer 90-day trial period for new customers.

Source: Trusted Reviews

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