What you need to know
- Spotify revealed it now has 108 million subscribers and 232 million monthly active users.
- Apple Music recently said it has 60 million subscribers.
- Podcasts are a big hit on Spotify, the service said.
According to Spotify, the service now has 108 million subscribers, up 31% year-over-year. That's nearly double Apple Music's tally, underlining just how far Apple's service has to go.
One area where Spotify saw the largest growth was in its podcast audience; the service said there was a 50% increase in podcast audience growth quarter-over-quarter. Now we understand why Spotify is betting so big on podcasts, with the company acquiring two podcast companies earlier this year.
Despite Spotify's dominance, Apple Music has shown encouraging growth since launching in 2015, and has a major advantage thanks to the service coming preinstalled on all iOS and Mac devices. A big part of the service's success is also due to the fact that it sticks with human curation for its playlists, rather than relying entirely on algorithms.
"We really do believe that we have a responsibility to our subscribers and our customers to have people recommend what a playlist should look like and who the future superstars are," said Oliver Schusser in a recent interview about Apple Music.
With services becoming an increasingly important part of Apple's bottom line, it may be that human touch that helps Apple Music eventually close the gap on Spotify.
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Pixel 4 hands-on videos reveal all, including new 'Screen attention' mode
The Pixel 4 leaks continue to be fierce. Most recently, three hands-on videos showcasing the Pixel 4 in all of its glory have been uploaded to YouTube.
A steady grip for a surer game of golf
The golfer must select a set of clubs, a bag, a glove, golf balls, and shoes that match their game. But one piece of gear that many golfers don’t pay as much attention to as they should is the golf club grip. We have listed some of our best choices of golf club grips for your consideration.