Apple Music now has 6.5 million paying users

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6.5 million users are now paying for Apple Music, the company’s music streaming and download service that offers users unlimited access to over 30 million tracks. A further 8.5 million are still trialling it, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who dropped the figures during the WSJD Live conference last night. Apple music costs £9.99 ($9.99) per month, with family accounts going for £14.99 ($14.99) per month.

Considering rival Spotify boasts around 20 million paying users after a full seven years of operation, that Apple’s netted over six million subscribers since its launch on June 30 is impressive. However, it’s likely that a few of those customers currently paying for the service simply forgot to turn off their automatic subscription renewal at the end of Apple’s free three-month trial period, even with Apple’s reminder emails.

“I think it’s fabulous, and to have over 15 million on there, and 6.5 million in the paid category, I’m really happy about it. And I think the runway here is really good,” said Cook, according to CNET.

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