Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the number of subscribers to its premium music streaming service, Apple Music. Cook was speaking to an audience at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference.
The number? 6.5 million Apple Music paying customers.
Apple announced Apple Music at WWDC 2015 earlier this year. They started off by offering a 3-month free trial to the service after which users would be charged $9.99 for an individual plan or $14.99 for a family plan for up to six members.
During the free trial, Apple had said around 11 million users had signed up. The 6.5 million paid subscribers could include those that may have forgotten to turn off their free trial which ended in September (if you signed up at launch). The total number of listeners according to Cook is 15 million (free + paid).
Among subscription-based music streaming services, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody and Rdio are the popular ones. Spotify just recently became the No. 1 app on iTunes. The service boasts 20 million paid subscribers and 55 million free listeners.
Spotify, like Apple Music and Pandora, is Apple CarPlay compatible. Spotify and Pandora are also available on Android Auto.
Source: Wall Street Journal