Saying ‘Uncle’? Spotify Admits YouTube Is Far Superior With Latest Numbers

Quick, name the world’s biggest streaming service — if you said YouTube, it’s because you looked at the damn headline. And if you didn’t guess YouTube, would you look at the damn headline already?

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Really, the only mystery here is the motives behind the company that put this information out: Spotify. Spotify made it clear today that their most popular download ever — Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” with 200 million listens, is far dwarfed by YouTube’s numbers for the same song. And that doesn’t even account for all the fan remix and lyrics-only crap — just the official music video, which on YouTube has been tapped over 282 million times. And that isn’t even YouTube’s No. 1 song. That honor goes to Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”


So why is Spotify making this point? YouTube is a video site, Spotify is a streaming music site. Spotify has connections in only 55 coutries, YouTube is global. And yet, they are competitors, directly and indirectly. Especially with YouTube allegedly amping up a streaming music service of their own in the coming months.

So is this an antitrust claim in the making? A push for greater transparency in the bigger company? The squeal of capitulation from the field mouse caught in the crushing jaw of the mightier hawk? I guess we’ll find out soon …

Here’s more from the lil’ streaming music biz:

Why Spotify, YouTube and Digital Streaming Won’t Kill Music or The Album [OP-ED]

Spotify, Pandora or Rdio? A Guide To Finding The Best Online Music Service [INFOGRAPHIC]