Apple Music clocks 54 million users, features in top smartphone apps of 2015

Apple Music became the only music streaming service to feature in Nielsen's list of top ten smartphone apps of 2015, clocking over 54 million users a few months after its star-studded launch.

On its way to the top, Apple Music left the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Tidal lurching even as social media apps like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram continued their march to the top.

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The Nielsen study based the rankings on app usage through January to October this year in the United States. The study also revealed that 52.6 per cent and 42.7 per cent of smartphone owners used handsets running on Android and iOS operating systems respectively. Since Apple Music became available to Android users only recently, the numbers it clocked are staggering.

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At the same time, Apple's Maps service also finished tenth in the list of top ten apps, clocking 46.4 million users compared to 87.7 million users of Google Maps which finished at sixth.

Facebook led the rankings with 126 million users, followed by YouTube and Facebook Messenger which clocked 97.6 and 96.4 million users respectively. Surprisingly, popular messaging service WhatsApp didn't feature in the list.

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Google's prominent and most popular apps like Google search, Google Play, Google Maps and Gmail also featured in the rankings, rounding up 95 million, 89.7 million, 87.7 million and 75.1 million users respectively.

Apple Music is a 24-hour online music station running live music across the world and holds over 30 million songs from various genres across the globe. The in-built Beats 1 live online radio station runs not only live music, but also brings in live interviews, guest chats and live updates on the world of music to users across the globe. The Music streaming service became available for Android users in November, just four months after its star-studded launch for iOS users.

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An Apple Music subscription will cost you £10 a month after a three-month trial period. However, you can also subscribe to a Family Sharing scheme which will let as many as six users in your household stream music on their devices at just £15 per month.

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