Apple recently demonstrated its edge over Spotify as musician Drake released his new album "Scorpion", which is expected to be the biggest album of the year.
Neither Apple nor Spotify has commented publicly on this development.
Apple Music and Spotify each have 20 million paid subscribers in the United States, according to an exclusive Digital Music News report.
While this is far from official - with the report being based on an anonymous source - it is in keeping with the general feeling from earlier in the year when it was thought that Apple Music probably was going to overtake Spotify in the near future.
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Globally, Spotify remains well ahead, with around 70M paying subscribers against Apple Music's 45M.
This is impressive on a number of levels.
Spotify has reign supreme as the go-to music streaming service for some time now.
Looked at more broadly, however, Apple serves what should be a fairly narrow market of iPhone owners, where Spotify is popular on both Android and iPhone. Again, this is just as far as the U.S. goes and excludes users in the trial period.
And sure enough, the worldwide figures for Spotify and Apple Music show a spread that is more in line with what one would expect. In March, the platform hit the 38 million paid subscriber milestone, going on to shoot past 40 million subscribers the following month.