Spotify teams with Samsung in face of growing Apple Music threat

“Spotify Technology SA has a new ally in its competition with Apple Inc.: Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker,” Lucas Shaw and Mark Gurman report for Bloomberg.

“The Spotify app will be available when customers set up their new Samsung phones, a deal that could boost the music-streaming service’s user base, the companies announced at an event in New York Thursday,” Shaw and Gruman report. “Spotify will also be integrated into Samsung’s smart TVs and speakers.”

“Spotify operates the world’s largest paid music service, but it faces increased competition from Apple Music,” Shaw and Gruman report. “Apple said earlier this month that its service has surpassed Spotify in subscribers in select territories.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We love the smell of fear in the morning.

Not-so-minor fact: Samsung phone owners are not the cream of the crop demographically as the vast majority of Samsung phones sold are cheapo, low-end, Android, glorified feature phones; i.e. not the type to pony up for subscriptions (or anything else, for that matter).

Spotify is a poor man’s Apple Music. The demographics in this race, as ever, greatly favor Apple in the long run. — MacDailyNews, January 3, 2018

Apple Music has rendered Spotify’s future decidedly dimmer.

The best customers are those who pay. As demonstrated by years of data, from disparate sources, those paying customers are also significantly more likely to be iPhone owners than those who’ve settled for poor iPhone facsimiles. A healthy portion of these coveted customers will leave for Apple’s comprehensive offering which offers better family rates, more music, likely exclusives, and seamless integration across all Apple devices. It’ll even work with crappy Windows PCs and Android phones eventually (not that those are likely to be Spotify’s paying customers, but whatever, some of them will join Apple Music and maybe even graduate to Apple devices because of it).

Spotify could quickly be left with an unprofitable system, with a dwindling music library because they cannot afford to pay music royalties. — MacDailyNews, June 9, 2015

Also, Spotify has now stooped to teaming up with a convicted serial IP-thief, thereby tarnishing its brand. Certainly, any Apple user who currently uses Spotify will now think twice about upgrading to Apple Music, driving Apple’s cream-of-the-crop customers — who are notably more likely to sign up for subscriptions — further into the Apple ecosystem (where they belong).

You’d have to be stupid to subscribe to Spotify when it has 33% fewer tracks than Apple Music for the same price. Apple Music boasts a catalog of 45 million songs; Spotify has a mere subset of just 30 million. Don’t be stupid. If you’re still subscribing to Spotify, it’s past time for you to cancel it and upgrade to Apple Music. (See also: How to move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music.)MacDailyNews, February 6, 2017

Spotify’s move was made from fear and desperation. 🙂

Why Apple Music surpassed Spotify in the U.S. – July 12, 2018
Apple slices into Spotify’s lead in U.S. music market – July 9, 2018
Apple Music now has more paying subscribers in the U.S. than Spotify – July 6, 2018
Apple revs up their own music publishing business – June 14, 2018
Oliver Schusser named new Apple Music chief as service passes 40 million subscribers – April 11, 2018
Apple Music hits 40 million paid subscribers milestone – April 4, 2018
Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers – March 12, 2018
Apple Music expands student membership pricing to 82 new countries – February 13, 2018
Apple Music poised to knock off Spotify – February 12, 2018
Apple Music was always going to win – February 6, 2018
Apple Music on track to overtake Spotify, become No. 1 streaming service in U.S. this summer – February 4, 2018
Apple Music and Spotify now account for the majority of music consumption in the UK – January 3, 2018
Spotify files for its IPO – January 3, 2018
Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit from music publisher – January 2, 2018
Apple Music passes Pandora and Spotify in mobile usage – March 29, 2017
Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers – March 3, 2017
Apple Music surpasses 20 million paid members 17 months after launch – December 6, 2016
Oh ok, Spotify listeners are upgrading to Apple Music – July 19, 2015
Spotify CEO claims to be ‘ok’ with Apple Music – June 9, 2015


  1. 2 desperate companies teaming up to have the next iPhone killer music app, have heard that before. BAH HUMBUG. Lets not forget Samsung on its own is nothing with the help of Google Android OS. Any websites that display annoying flashy google ads is directly helping Samsung because the revenues from these annoying ads is what subsidizes the so called “Free Android”

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