October 20, 2015 8:14 am

Apple says 6.5 million people are paying to use Apple Music

Apple Inc. says it has 15 million users on its streaming-music service, including 6.5 million paying subscribers.

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Apple’s streaming music service has hit yet another milestone. The tech giant said Monday over 15 million people are now using Apple Music, 6.5 million of which are paying for the service.

Speaking at WSJDLive, The Wall Street Journal’s global technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has 6.5 million paying customers for Apple Music and 8.5 million customers on three-month free trials. 

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By comparison, rival streaming service Spotify has 20 million paid users.

READ MORE: From Apple Music, to Spotify: How do streaming music services compare?

Cook said consumers are responding positively to one of the main differentiating features of its service: human curation of playlists.

Apple launched Apple Music on June 30 and offered every user a three-month trial period. The service includes its own radio station Beats 1 and an artist-oriented social network called Connect. This is the first month Apple has been collecting payments for Apple Music.

– With files from The Associated Press

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