Spotify Surpasses Pandora as #1 Music Streaming App

Spotify has surpassed Pandora as the world’s most popular music streaming app, according to a report issued Tuesday by App Annie. The report shows that Spotify took over the title in the third quarter thanks to promising growth in markets like India and Japan, where digital music platforms have been slower to overtake traditional physical forms of music. Spotify was more popular during the quarter on both the Android and iOS platforms, per the breakdown, and had more active users across all platforms. Pandora made some strides during the period as well, gaining popularity on Android to surpass Tune-In as the second most popular streaming app on the platform.

Spotify does have a distinct advantage over Pandora, thanks to a much larger international footprint. While Pandora is only available to users in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, Spotify is available in a staggering 58 markets across the globe, including Europe and Japan. Of course, all global streaming services have had to deal recently with a growing number of local streaming providers, such as India’s Saavn and Gaana. Both of those platforms have enjoyed rapid growth in recent months, allowing them to enter the Top 10 worldwide for apps on Android. The French streaming service Deezer, meanwhile, still holds a strong lead in its home market, as well as in Japan. Check out App Annie’s on third-quarter streaming app performance below.