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Spotify now has 50 million paid subscribers

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Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, says it now has 50 million paying subscribers, up from 40 million in September. In June, it said it had 100 million total monthly users, including those on the ad-supported free version of its service.

The competition: In contrast, Apple Music (which only offers a paid service) only has 20 million as of December. However, it's important to note that while Spotify has been around since 2008, while Apple Music debuted in June 2015. Other services like SoundCloud and Amazon Prime Music don't disclose specific subscriber numbers.