Pandora is still the most used service in the US but comes in at number three worldwide, according to App Annie’s music streaming report, with SoundCloud just pipping it to the post.
China’s QQMusic comes in fourth, with Japan’s LINE Music soaring to fifth place, despite only launching in June.
Revenues from music streaming apps have doubled in the past year and Spotify tops the chart here too, yet again at the expense of Pandora. This was boosted by an increasing number of people opting to make premium in-app upgrades.
Making people pay is an art that’s proving successful for other streaming services too, like Jay Z’s Tidal. Since launching back in March, it’s already become the fifth highest-grossing streaming app in the world.
App Annie doesn’t measure the usage of pre-installed apps, so Apple Music’s figures, as well as Google Play Music, are now invisible in the active users ranking. Speaking to TNW, an App Annie representative said this is because they aren’t “necessarily reflecting user choice in app use.”
In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the service already had some 6.5 million paying subscribers, with another 8.5 million still trialing it.
If all of those people have since converted into paying customers, that’s real contention for becoming a top grossing app, given Spotify remains at the 20 million mark for folks actually paying for its service.
But Apple Music has also gone stealth in terms of its revenues, as it’s chosen not to be listed among its own App Store rankings.