Apple Music is now available in 59 countries that Spotify is not

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Last week saw Apple Music launch in two new territories – Turkey and Taiwan.

Spotify is already available in both countries, but that’s not the case for many markets around the world.

Despite only launching in June last year (less than eight months ago) Apple Music is now available in 113 countries, according to MBW research.

Spotify, on the other hand, is available in 59 (plus additional subsidiary regions).


Spotify, which launched back in 2008, has seen its international growth slow since 2013 – a year when a sudden burst of expansion saw it enter the likes of Italy, Poland, Portugal, Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Chile, Cyprus and Czech Republic.

Apple Music, of course, is following in the footsteps of iTunes before it. When the platform arrived on June 30 last year it launched in over 100 countries, later adding the likes of China in addition to this month’s Turkey and Taiwan announcement.

Apple Music, of course, is backed by one of the richest companies on the planet – one which can easily afford the fast-accelerating overheads that come with international growth.

Spotify, on the other hand, needs a cash top up to expand further if it’s decision to raise a further $500m in investment this year is anything to go by.


Below, you can see all the countries in which both Spotify and Apple Music are currently available.

You’ll see that, less than eight months after its launch, Apple Music has already expanded its reach into many areas which Spotify is yet to touch – particularly in Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine), Asia (Indonesia, Japan, China, India), Africa (Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria) and the Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia).

[Update]: MBW counts 59 countries in which Apple Music is available and Spotify is not, with the reverse applying to just five territories (Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Uruguay).

For clarity, we have bolded every country under Apple Music’s list in which Spotify is yet to launch, and vice versa.

As of last month, Apple Music has 10m paying subscribers around the world, while Spotify is understood to currently boast 28m paying subscribers and just under 100m active users.


APPLE MUSIC (113 countries – those where spotify unavailable have been bolded)

  1. Anguilla
  2. Antigua
  3. Argentina
  4. Armenia
  5. Australia
  6. Austria
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bahrain
  9. Barbados
  10. Belarus
  11. Belgium
  12. Belize
  13. Bermuda
  14. Bolivia
  15. Botswana
  16. Brazil
  17. British Virgin Islands
  18. Bulgaria
  19. Cambodia
  20. Canada
  21. Cape Verde
  22. Cayman Islands
  23. Chile
  24. China
  25. Colombia
  26. Costa Rica
  27. Cyprus
  28. Czech Republic
  29. Denmark
  30. Dominica
  31. Dominican Republic
  32. Ecuador
  33. Egypt
  34. El Salvador
  35. Estonia
  36. Fiji
  37. Finland
  38. France
  39. Gambia
  40. Germany
  41. Ghana
  42. Greece
  43. Grenada
  44. Guatemala
  45. Guinea-Bissau
  46. Honduras
  47. Hong Kong
  48. Hungary
  49. India
  50. Indonesia
  51. Ireland
  52. Italy
  53. Japan
  54. Jordan
  55. Kazakhstan
  56. Kenya
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Laos
  59. Latvia
  60. Lebanon
  61. Lithuania
  62. Luxembourg
  63. Macau
  64. Malaysia
  65. Malta
  66. Mauritius
  67. Mexico
  68. Micronesia
  69. Moldova
  70. Mongolia
  71. Nepal
  72. Netherlands
  73. New Zealand
  74. Nicaragua
  75. Niger
  76. Nigeria
  77. Norway
  78. Oman
  79. Panama
  80. Papa New Guinea
  81. Paraguay
  82. Peru
  83. Philippines
  84. Poland
  85. Portugal
  86. Romania
  87. Russia
  88. St Kitts & Nevis
  89. Saudi Arabia
  90. Singapore
  91. Slovakia
  92. Slovenia
  93. South Africa
  94. Spain
  95. Sri Lanka
  96. Swaziland
  97. Sweden
  98. Switzerland
  99. Taiwan
  100. Tajikistan
  101. Thailand
  102. Trinidad & Tobago
  103. Turkey
  104. Turkmenistan
  105. Uganda
  106. Ukraine
  107. UAE
  108. United Kingdom
  109. United States
  110. Uzbekistan
  111. Venezuela
  112. Vietnam
  113. Zimbabwe

Spotify (59 countries – those where apple music unavailable have been bolded)

  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
    • Norfolk Island
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    • Christmas Island
  4. Austria
  5. Belgium
  6. Bermuda
  7. Bolivia
  8. Brazil
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Canada
  11. Chile
  12. Colombia
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Cyprus
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Denmark
    • Faroe Islands
    • Greenland
  17. Dominican Republic
  18. Ecuador
  19. El Salvador
  20. Estonia
  21. Finland
    • Åland Islands
  22. France
    • Mayotte
    • Réunion
    • French Polynesia
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
    • Wallis and Futuna
    • New Caledonia
  23. Germany
  24. Greece
  25. Guatemala
  26. Honduras
  27. Hong Kong
  28. Hungary
  29. Iceland
  30. Ireland
  31. Italy
  32. Latvia
  33. Liechtenstein
  34. Lithuania
  35. Luxembourg
  36. Malaysia
  37. Malta
  38. Mexico
  39. Monaco
  40. Netherlands
    • Netherlands Antilles:
    • Sint Maarten
  41. New Zealand
    • Cook Islands
    • Niue
    • Tokelau
  42. Nicaragua
  43. Norway
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  44. Panama
  45. Paraguay
  46. Peru
  47. Philippines
  48. Poland
  49. Portugal
  50. Singapore
  51. Slovakia
  52. Spain
    • Balearic Islands
    • Canary Islands
    • Autonomous cities in North Africa:
      • Ceuta
      • Melilla
  53. Sweden
  54. Switzerland
  55. Taiwan
  56. Turkey
  57. United Kingdom
    • Falkland Islands
    • Gibraltar
    • Pitcairn Islands
    • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia (Cyprus)
    • Crown Dependencies:
      • Guernsey
      • Isle of Man
      • Jersey
  58. Uruguay
  59. US
    • American Samoa
    • Guam
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Puerto Rico
    • United States Minor Outlying Island
    • United States Virgin Islands

Note: Bermuda counted as standalone territory to match Apple Music. US Virgin Islands counted within ‘US’. Apple Music counts neighbouring territory British Virgin Islands separately.


Here’s the list of the 59 countries in which Apple Music is currently available but Spotify is not:

  1. Anguilla
  2. Antigua
  3. Armenia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain
  6. Barbados
  7. Belarus
  8. Belize
  9. Botswana
  10. British Virgin Islands
  11. Cambodia
  12. Cape Verde
  13. Cayman Islands
  14. China
  15. Dominica
  16. Egypt
  17. Fiji
  18. Gambia
  19. Ghana
  20. Grenada
  21. Guinea-Bissau
  22. India
  23. Indonesia
  24. Japan
  25. Jordan
  26. Kazakhstan
  27. Kenya
  28. Kyrgyzstan
  29. Laos
  30. Lebanon
  31. Macau
  32. Mauritius
  33. Micronesia
  34. Moldova
  35. Mongolia
  36. Nepal
  37. Niger
  38. Nigeria
  39. Oman
  40. Papa New Guinea
  41. Romania
  42. Russia
  43. St Kitts & Nevis
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Slovenia
  46. South Africa
  47. Sri Lanka
  48. Swaziland
  49. Tajikistan
  50. Thailand
  51. Trinidad & Tobago
  52. Turkmenistan
  53. Uganda
  54. Ukraine
  55. UAE
  56. Uzbekistan
  57. Venezuela
  58. Vietnam
  59. Zimbabwe

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  • Adam

    A lot harder opening an ad-based business in as many markets vs. Paid-only. I’m sure if Spotify wanted to skip the Freemium part they could expand much more quickly.

    • Michael Casson

      Not true – Deezer has Freemium and is live in 182 countries.

      • Adam

        Deezer has a limited Freemium that does not include ads. Setting up an ad sales network in all these countries is what’s tough.

      • Adam

        And Deezers global strategy doesn’t seem to have worked.looking at their small subscriber numbers.

  • princessgleek

    Japan and China two big countries that spotify really needs to launch in

  • Claudius Boller

    Oman is not live with Spotify – But with Apple. Spotify misses out on the complete Middle East and North African market.

  • McAlli*

    You left out Vietnam, total is 113.

    • musicbizworldwide

      Quite right, thank you – we’ve updated.