Apple Music Tops 20 Million Subscribers, Eddy Cue Says Exclusives Will Continue

Apple today announced that Apple Music has surpassed 20 million subscribers, reports Billboard. The service crosses the mark as it turns a year and a half old. Apple Music had 15 million subscribers on its one-year anniversary in June and notched 17 million subscribers a couple months later in September.

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Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, tells Billboard that 60% of Apple Music subscribers have not bought content from the iTunes Music Store in the last year. While a portion of that 60% are dormant users, Cue says "the vast majority are new customers." Additionally, 50% of Apple Music subscribers live outside of the U.S.

Cue also says that artists exclusive to Apple Music have hit milestones like the Billboard top 10 chart.
"It's been quite a year," says Cue. "We were thrilled to see that we could take [artists'] passions and drive them all the way to No. 1. Chance the Rapper, who we put on Apple Music exclusively, hit the top 10 on the Billboard charts [based on streams alone], and I can't recall that being done before."
In August, Universal Music Group banned exclusive music streaming after the debut of Frank Ocean's "Blonde" on Apple Music. Cue says that exclusive music will continue on the service "where appropriate." He says that exclusive launches work "well for everybody involved," including the label, artists and Apple. Cue notes that there's no across-the-board policy for exclusive launches, just that sometimes "it makes sense" to launch exclusively.

While Apple has traditionally aligned itself with rock acts like U2, Cue says the company has long wanted to give hip hop more exposure. The company has felt that hip hop was underrepresented in both iTunes and streaming charts, which is why the company has focused on hip hop acts more recently.

Apple's biggest competition in the streaming music space remains Spotify, which had 40 million subscribers in September, but the service continues to struggle as it attempts to become profitable. In August, it was reported the service was punishing artists who offered Apple Music exclusives. Spotify denied the claim.



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15 weeks ago
Call me crazy, but I'm still an anti-streaming, buy-your-music advocate.
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15 weeks ago
I would love to know where hip hop is underrepresented. Every time I tune into Beats 1 that's all they're playing.
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15 weeks ago
I am a happy subscriber though I wish they would return the Apple Music UI back to iOS 9/El Capitan style. The Big Bold Text is stupid and takes more work to get to certain controls.
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15 weeks ago
Good, Spotify is dead.
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15 weeks ago

T-Mobile offering in he USA and Videotron offering in Canada where music streaming (not just Apple Music, but other apps also) doesn't count against your regular data usage is against net neutrality I suppose?


Against the principle, yes. Whether it is against actual regulations in the US and Canada, I do not know. I do suppose that T-Mobile needs to white-list certain IP addresses or analyse packets to differentiate them. Practically, T-Mobile won’t be able to white-list every possible provider, so they are making the selection for you, as they are favouring certain classes of media as well.

I hate when I read comments like this. If it's something that's going to benefit the consumer then why not?


It is only going to benefit certain consumers, specifically those that stream music and listen to T-Mobile’s white-listed providers. Not other types of media, not other providers. Who pays for the additional bandwidth, you think? On top of that, there are larger issues to this, so the situation is not an unequivocal benefit to ‘the consumer’.
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15 weeks ago

You're not crazy. More and more people are turning away from streaming music. http://time.com/money/4056464/vinyl-records-sales-streaming-revenues/


Vinyl sales declined this year, after years of growth, while streaming is on a tear.
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15 weeks ago
I love Apple Music...since subscribing, I have discovered all kinds of great music that I wouldn't have otherwise. The curated playlists that appear in the For You tab solve the "what do I want to listen to today?" dilemma. Also having access to gobs and gobs of music is amazing. Yesterday I created a Rolling Stones from Start to Finish playlist and was able to add every one of their 25 albums to play consecutively. My wife who is not typically impressed by new technology LOVES Apple Music because it always has what she is looking for.
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15 weeks ago
Eddy is a cancerous wart figure and needs to go. #cuehimout #getcookout
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15 weeks ago

You're not crazy. More and more people are turning away from streaming music. http://time.com/money/4056464/vinyl-records-sales-streaming-revenues/


There might be more interest in records than in the past, but you have to be real... the streaming music is only growing far faster than any sort of reactionary return to physical media.
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15 weeks ago

Sorry Eddy but "free-bees" and spamming people to sign up for three months of rap & hip-hop along with vastly inferior music curation doesn't equate to a being "Quite a year".

Honestly, everything else aside, the terrible music curation is what keeps me away from Apple Music. I don't know why it's so awful. Sometimes it'll even play a random song that is completely out of place in the category of music being played ... like listening to a death metal station and a slow jazz song comes on, lol. I don't have this issue with other streaming services.
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