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Apple Music hits 11 million paid subscribers

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Apple Music hits 11 million paid subscribers

Federighi and Cue spoke about how Apple's Music service has close to 11 million subscribers, while iCloud has around 782 million users (including users with multiple devices). During an episode of John Gruber's The Talk Show, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue revealed some new numbers.

While Spotify has been in operations since 2011 in the United States, Apple Music launched in June, with a free 90-day trial.

The latest disclosure by Cue and Federighi that Apple Music service now has 11 million paying subscribers implies that the service is gaining on its competitor Spotify's digital music service. Last month Apple announced that it had signed up over 10 million subscribers to Apple Music and now the figure is higher.

A new, and very cool, aspect they shared is that with the new iOS Remote app, users can play a two-player game on the Apple TV, with one person using the standard remote, and the other an iPhone.

The Apple executives also answered questions around criticism of Apple's software, most notably raised by The Verge Executive Editor Walt Mossberg in a column recently.

Apple's software and services chief also confirmed that the new app would arrive within the next few months, suggesting it's still on track for a release in the first half of 2016. ("We wanted to do that right from the beginning", Cue says.) Gruber even chides the two about the now-infamous Super Bowl photo that Tim Cook took and then deleted after some nasty feedback. More than 200,000 iMessages per second are sent at peak times, and there are more than 750 million transactions per week in the iTunes Store and the App Store.

The execs also announced new changes for Apple TV.

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