Spo­tify ri­vals Ra­dio 1

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Mu­sic-stream­ing ser­vice Spo­tify is very dif­fer­ent from a ra­dio sta­tion like BBC Ra­dio 1, but the two are be­com­ing big ri­vals here in the UK, as Spo­tify gains more lis­ten­ers.

The com­pany has just an­nounced that it’s be­ing used by 7.1 mil­lion Brits, which is creep­ing up on the 9.7 mil­lion peo­ple over the age of 15 who lis­ten reg­u­larly to Ra­dio 1.

In­clud­ing UK users, Spo­tify now has more than 140 mil­lion lis­ten­ers around the world, in­clud­ing 60 mil­lion who pay a monthly sub­scrip­tion for it.

Mu­si­cians are en­joy­ing their own big num­bers too: 2017’s sum­mer smash, Des­pac­ito, has more than 1.6 bil­lion plays on Spo­tify, and Ed Sheeran’s Shape

of You, with 1.4 bil­lion, isn’t far be­hind.

The com­pany has more ri­vals than just Ra­dio 1, though. Ap­ple re­cently an­nounced that it has 30 mil­lion lis­ten­ers world­wide for its Ap­ple Mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice, and Ama­zon, Deezer and Google are all com­pet­ing for mu­sic fans’ ears as well.

Spo­tify is on

the rise.

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