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Spotify hits 232m users, silent on India numbers

Spotify hits 232m users,  silent on India numbers

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Aug 2019 6:09 AM GMT

New Delhi: Swedish music streaming app Spotify now has 232 million monthly active users (MAUs)globally, a 29 per cent increase year-on-year (YoY), along with 108 million premium subscribers which is also 31 per cent (YoY) growth.

The company which entered India in February this year and announced 2 million users in India in April, did not reveal the users’ growth in the country, except saying “our newest market, India, performed well and in line with expectations” and “our consumption time is one of the highest among other players in the country”.

In comparison, Apple Music last reported 60 million paid subscribers in June. Spotify and Apple are in legal tussle, with Cupertino-based tech iPhone maker saying that Spotify is not paying 30 per cent 'Apple tax' on its subscriptions via App Store as claimed but even less than 1 per cent of paid subscribers.

In March, Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The tug of war between Spotify and Apple has intensified, with the Swedish music streaming service calling Apple a “monopolist”.

Announcing its second quarter (Q2) results on Wednesday, Spotify registered 31 per cent increase in revenue that reached $1.86 billion.

“Spotify has reached agreement with two of our four major label partners on the renewal of global sound recording licenses, and are in active discussions with the other two,” the company said in a statement, without identifying the labels.

“Our podcast audience grew more than 50 per cent (Q/Q) and has nearly doubled since the start of 2019,” said Spotify. (IANS)

Also Read: Spotify Paying Tax On Less Than 1% of Paid Subscribers: Apple

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