Apple Music is set to reach a significant milestone, releasing its 100 millionth song on the streaming service.
The music industry behemoth tells The Associated Press that internal data indicates Apple Music will surpass 100 million subscribers on Monday.
Every day, 20,000 singers and songwriters make their songs available on the Internet.
“It’s a tremendous, huge quantity,” Apple’s worldwide head of editing and content, Rachel Newman, told the Associated Press.
“It is truly feasible to compose, record, and release music more than ever in music history, which we believe is quite fantastic.”
Apple Music claims the milestone solidifies its position as the world’s most extensive music catalog, surpassing YouTube Music’s 80 million songs, Spotify’s 82 million tracks and podcasts, and Amazon Music’s 90 million songs.
While the exact song that pushes Apple Music over the top will remain unknown, there’s a strong chance it won’t be from the United States or even in English, as the service continues to get music from around the world.
When iTunes first started, it contained music in 200 languages and dialects, with English accounting for half of the content.
Apple Music now offers 40% of its content in English, while the number of languages and dialects has increased to 350.
The platform’s top charts, which were earlier dominated by songs from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, are now inhabited by songs from Japan, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Korea.
As the world becomes more digitalized, the milestone is rapidly approaching.
The number of Apple Music songs has more than doubled in the last four years, from 50 million in 2018 to 100 million in 2019, with the epidemic believed to have hastened the process as people in isolation sought creative outlets.
Apple Music says the 100 millionth song might come from an unknown artist.
Apple Inc. debuted iTunes in 2003 with 200,000 songs to feed its iPods, then seven years later released Apple Music, which is currently providing iPhones, with subscribers in 167 countries and regions.