The high number of subscribers has surprised both Apple and the rights holders, the site claims. As it turns out, streaming numbers of a couple cutting-edge hip hop titles are actually competitive with Spotify’s, which has more than 75 million subscribers.
Since Apple hasn’t revealed any official numbers regarding its freshly released Apple Music streaming service, we take this with a grain of salt, especially as the service is available for free in 100 countries. Considering that there are close to 100 million iPhone users in the US, and that almost half of those run the latest iOS software (Apple Music requires iOS 8.4, which limits the installed base), it’s interesting to see that “only” 10 million Apple customers have signed up for Apple Music.
Since its launch, Apple Music has had its ups and downs, but lately long-time Apple fan Jim Dalrymple has had harsh words to say about it after having major issues with the service when 4,700 songs disappeared from his music library among other things.