Spotify said Monday that it had 60 million paying subscribers, expanding its lead in the fast-growing world of music streaming.
The Swedish company has more than double the base of nearest competitor Apple Music, which in early June said it had 27 million subscribers.
Apple Music, however, achieved its growth rapidly as it was launched only two years ago by the tech giant.
The company said in June that it had more than 140 million overall users - meaning most people listen on its free, advertising-backed tier, which is controversial with many artists.
The next competitor to Spotify is Paris-based Deezer, which is especially strong in continental Europe and said in January 2016 that it had six million paying subscribers.
Most music industry watchers expect streaming to keep growing sharply, with the subscriber numbers a small fraction of the potential global market.
Streaming has helped the music business chart two years of bumper growth after long stagnation, although artists often question how much of the money comes back to them.