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Popular music streaming service Spotify is launching its Apple Watch app within this week, the company announced today. Spotify says you need to have the latest version of the Spotify iOS app (8.4.79), and the Apple Watch version of the app will appears over the next week.

The watchOS app looks like very basic at glance: playback controls, a toggle for shuffle mode, ability to connect third-party speakers on your wrist via Spotify Connect. However, few features that missing will add to the app in the future, such as supporting Offline playback.
We’re constantly on the go—whether bouncing between the gym, work, school, errands, or just chilling—and our smartwatches are the tool to help keep us up to speed. Today, Spotify is introducing a new app for the Apple Watch, giving you the ability to seamlessly access and control your favorite music and podcasts without missing a beat.

We know the importance of having music on the go, which is why we’re excited to bring a new Spotify app to our highly mobile users on Apple Watch. With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to your speakers or devices. And while we continue to innovate, we have many exciting things coming up —including the ability to listen to your music and podcasts offline.
The Spotify for Apple Watch isn’t optimized for the Apple Watch Series 4 display sizes introduced back in September; 40mm and 44mm. You can download the app through App Store for free and it is only supported on iOS 10 and above.

According to few reddit users, popular music stream service Spotify will finally coming to Apple Watches as the public testing program available right now via Apple's TestFlight app, however, the exact time frame has not announced yet, perhaps later this month at earliest.

The upcoming Spotify's watchOS app will uses Apple's internal named StreamKit framework that will enable cellular Apple Watch models to receive data from third-party apps. The watchOS app looks like very basic, it just shows the app's icon, playback controls, and a toggle for shuffle mode. As you might guess, it doesn't support Offline mode for now.

These tester also says the app has yet to be optimized for 40mm and 44mm sized Apple Watch Series 4 models. Still today, Spotify is the most popular Music app on App Store, the music streaming service now has over 87 million paid subscribers, twice the amount that Apple Music has, which was at 43.5 million, though the figure hasn't update in a while.

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According to an industry source interviewed by Digital Music News, Apple Music has now surpassed Spotify's number of subscribers in the United States. Both services are said to have more than 20M US subscribers, with Apple Music supposed to be ‘a hair ahead with "20 million plus."

Both Apple Music and Spotify have more than 20 million subscribers in America, with Apple now a hair ahead. The source requests that we withhold exact subscriber numbers beyond mentioning ’20 million plus,’ to protect confidentiality.

Today's report, however, seems to echo a WSJ report back in February that since Apple's US-based subscriber growth rate is at 5 percent in the U.S., compared to Spotify’s 2 percent. therefore, the report predicted Apple Music would surpass its biggest competitor in the summer.

At present, Apple Music is still the second largest streaming music service in the world, behind Spotify. As of March 31, 2018, Spotify had 75 million paid users and had a total active user base of at least 170 million, while Apple Music has over 50 million paid and non-paid users. And, of course, unlike Apple Music, Spotify offers a free tier, but with ads.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple Music now has 36 million of paying subscribers around the world. The report citing “people in the record business,” explains that Apple is adding subscribers in the United States at a faster rate than Spotify.

Apple confirmed the updated total to WSJ, as the publication wrote that in the US, Apple's subscriber-account base has been growing about 5% monthly, compared to the Spotify's 2% growth, they believe that if those growth rates continue, Apple will eventually eclipse the service in popularity in the country this summer

Apple's subscriber-account base in the U.S. has been growing about 5% monthly, versus Spotify's 2% clip, according to the people familiar with the numbers. Assuming those growth rates continue, Apple will overtake Spotify in accounts this summer.

Because of Spotify and Apple doesn't break out subscriber count by country, so it’s unclear how many of Apple Music’s 36 million subscribers are based in the United States. Recently Spotify touted 70 million subscribers, but again, an exact number for the US is unsure.

In terms of global scale, Spotify maintains a sizeable lead over Apple Music, is still growing at a slightly faster rate than Apple Music. With its free, ad-supported tier, it have believed that the streaming music service has over 140 million listeners overall around the world.

As far as the paid subscriptions pricing goes, both services offer individual plans for $9.99 per month, student plans for $4.99 per month, and family plans shareable with up to six people for $14.99 per month. Both Apple Music and Spotify being installed over millions of iOS, Android, Mac, Windows devices, and more!

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