It's worth noting that Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which operates in North America exclusively, is now at the top spot with more than 33 million subscribers.
Apple Music had from 21 million to 21.5 million subscribers in the U.S.as of last week, while Spotify had between 22 million to 22.5 million, according to unnamed executive sources cited by theFinancial Times.
With more than 20 million paying users in the US, Apple Music has just taken the lead over its rival Spotify in an all-important market, the media reported.
But let's not quibble over the details: It seems certain that Apple Music and Spotify are basically neck-and-neck at the moment, from a subscriber count in the U.S. And that Apple will surpass Spotify soon, if it hasn't already.
The new information is right in line with the Wall Street Journal's previous predictions.
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Eyes and ears have been on Spotify for its major strides in the music streaming world. Currently, Apple Music has a collection of around 40 million songs, surpassing Spotify's "30 million-plus" figure.
Spotify still has a significantly larger subscriber base worldwide than Apple Music, but it's worth keeping in mind that Spotify is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. But while the headlines have been zeroed in on every move the platform makes, Apple Music has been steadily and silently edging ahead of the competition.
However, this comparison also indicates Apple Music is more popular in the U.S. than Spotify. To be exact, Spotify is growing 2% each month while Apple Music grows 5% each month. Those numbers come by way of Music Business Worldwide who got official numbers from Apple and used Spotify's public-facing charts to get its data. Spotify claimed 75 million paying customers at the end of March, whereas Apple claimed 50 million, a number that is skewed upward because many of those were on free trials.