Spotify launches music streaming service in Israel

Spotify launches music streaming service in Israel

Spotify is the first music service of its size to launch a tool like Line In - but the move is consistent with the emphasis the company has put on data in the past.

Byers asked Cue whether he felt threatened by Spotify attracting almost twice as many paid subscribers as Apple Music; the former service has 71 million subscribers, according to its SEC filing. There is also a free tier. Other competitors include Google Music, Tidal, Deezer and Napster.

Apple announced today that it now has 38 million paying subscribers for its streaming music app, Apple Music.

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On its Frequently Asked Questions about the feature, it says, "There are often times when a track is misspelled or contains extra messy information". It will host a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday at which further details about the local launch will be disclosed.

A 30-day free trial of Spotify Premium is available to users.

South Africans will be able to use a free service from Tuesday or pay for a premium subscription. Apple's number compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 at industry leader Spotify, which plans to list shares in the coming weeks on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SPOT. Google does not release paid subscriber numbers for its service, Google Play Music. Naspers also recently launched music streaming platform Joox, from China's Tencent, in which it holds a 33.2% stake. The deal brought Apple one step closer to owning the entire media consumption cycle for its users, as well as becoming a legitimate leader rather than simply a bandwagon-rider in the music-streaming landscape.

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