Amazon has reported on Wednesday that its streaming music service has won more than 55 million subscribers which are closing the gap on Apple Music.
Nevertheless, Amazon Music still has a long way to go to meetup with Spotify, which boasts of 248 million users, including 113 million paid subscribers.
Amazon said that its music service had a year of “incredible growth around the world” that included a more than 50 per cent jump in the number of Prime service subscriber who pays to upgrade to an Unlimited music option.”
“We’re proud to reach this incredible milestone,” said Amazon Music vice president Steve Boom.”
“We’ve always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs.”
Amazon Prime memberships costing $119 in a year in the USwhich include access to a library of some two million songs and free, fast deliveries of online purchases.
Amazon also offers series of streaming music subscription options for those who are not Prime members.
Amazon Music has grown about 50 per cent in Britain, Germany, Japan and the US during the past year, and is winning listeners in newer markets such as France, Italy, Mexico and Spain, according to the Seattle-based company.