Apple Music confirm 11 million users following launch of free trial five weeks ago

Apple's main rival Spotify currently has 75 million active users

Apple have announced the user figures for its new music streaming service, Apple Music, confirming that 11 million people have signed up for its free trial since its launch.

Apple Music launched at the end of June along with its 24/7 online radio station Beats 1.

Now, speaking to USA Today, the company’s executive Eddy Cue has revealed the figure. He said: “We’re thrilled with the numbers so far.”

As The Guardian reports, Apple’s main rival Spotify currently has 75 million active users, with 20 million using its premium service.

Other competitors include Deezer (16 million active users and six million subscribers), Rhapsody/Napster (three million subscribers) and Tidal (770,000 subscribers).

It is also worth noting that 800 million users hold an iTunes account. Apple Music’s three-month free trial ends on September 30, when users will be asked to convert to a paying account.

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Meanwhile, Dr Dre‘s new album ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’ is to be streamed on Apple Music ahead of its release later this week.

The album will be available to stream for a three-hour period on Thursday (August 6) prior to its official release on Friday (August 7).

‘Compton: A Soundtrack’ will stream exclusively on Apple Music from 6-9pm PT on Thursday. This is 2-5 am on Friday morning in the UK.

The album will feature guests Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg among others, and has been described by Dre as his “grande finale”.

Speaking on his Beats 1 show The Pharmacy on Saturday (August 1), Dre clarified that the album is not strictly a soundtrack, but is inspired by the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.