Spotify taps users to add music metadata with new feature

Spotify taps users to add music metadata with new feature

Spotify, the world's largest music, podcast, and video streaming service was officially launched in Israel this afternoon at 4pm.

Tech giant Apple's music streaming service Apple Music has touched 38 million subscribers, up by 2 million in just over one month, according to Cnet.

Apple's number compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 at industry leader Spotify, which plans to list shares in the coming weeks on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SPOT.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, revealed the updated subscriber count at SXSW. Unlike Spotify, Apple offers a three-month free trial before subscribers are hit with a $9.99 monthly subscription fee.

In addition to the 35 million songs already available on Spotify, it is also building up a collection of Israeli music and is already working with a range of local artists.

Apple, Spotify, Google and other services charge US$9.99 a month for music. Spotify's free service with ads will also be available in Israel. The South African launch marks the first time Spotify will be available on the African continent. The premium version of Spotify gives users unlimited skips, and allows them to listen to music while off-line.

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