Spotify Surges to 70,000 Paid Subscribers, Should Pandora Fret?
"The launch of Spotify in the U.S. has exceeded our expectations in both the response to invitations for the free service as well as subscriptions," Spotify told Billboard. "We aren't going to discuss numbers at this state but we are excited to be here and confident that Americans will love Spotify as much as they already do in Europe."
For the sake of comparison, Rhapsody, which launched in 2001, has around 800,000 paid users. Napster, purchased by Best Buy in 2008, had 761,000 subscribers at last count, while Rdio is believed to have fewer than 100,000 paying customers. In other words, Spotify is off to a stellar start.