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How do Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and Tidal rank among the world’s top 10 music streaming apps?

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Source: Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and Tidal

Spotify is king around the world.

According to App Annie, a mobile app measuring specialty company, Spotify is the most downloaded and used of all music streaming apps in a number of countries around the globe.

Spotify ranked as the top streaming app on both iOS and Android systems and has the most active users of any app, overall. Just a year ago, Pandora was the most popular music app for iOS but has since fallen to the second spot though it did show significant growth on Android systems this year and was able to jump ahead of TuneIn to land at number two on that chart.

It’s worth noting that Spotify has a much larger global footprint and more reach than Pandora, which is only available to users in America, Australia, and New Zealand. Its second place showing despite its limited reach around the world is a testament to the hold Pandora has on the U.S. user base.

Meanwhile, Spotify is available in almost 60 markets around the world and is the number one most downloaded music app in nine of the fifteen biggest markets on the planet.

Some services such as Deezer, which leads in its home country of France, or Awa and Line, which rules in Japan where Spotify isn’t available, are unknown to American users but popular enough in their respective foreign markets to place high on the world’s top ten list. Gaana and Saavn, both unique to India, are two more apps many outside the region may be unfamiliar with, that were able to place on the worldwide chart.

As for the fledgling Apple Music and Tidal, both are still relatively too new to make a dent on this year’s list, but they could see some action by this time next year.

Check out the full top ten lists for both iOS and Android systems.

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Source: App Annie
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