Spotify and YouTube Music Dominate Music App Downloads Worldwide

Sensor Tower’s Q3 2019 Data Digest reports the most downloaded apps worldwide, with Spotify and YouTube Music dominating music-streaming installations among larger-than-life names like Facebook and Netflix.

In the study’s overall category, WhatsApp once again occupies the top with close to 184 million first-time installs. WhatsApp has been the No.1 downloaded app each quarter since Q3 2016 in Sensor Tower’s study.

The second most downloaded app worldwide was TikTok with more than 176 million new installs. The third highest performing app was Messenger, followed by Facebook and Instagram.

Spotify is the most downloaded music streaming app topping nearly 60 million new user installations, as YouTube Music edges in with nearly 40 million new installs.

In the category for App Store downloads, TikTok was the most downloaded app globally with close to 37 million installs, followed by YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Google Maps.

Spotify is the only music streaming app on the App Store tally, coming in at 15 million downloads among iPhone users. Similarly, for the study’s Google Play category, Spotify is the only music streaming app listed at nearly 40 million installations.

While Sensor Tower does not measure downloads for pre-installed apps, it’s worth noting that, according to Android Police, Google Play Music has tallied 5 billion downloads on the Play store.

Google is planning to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music as the default music app on forthcoming Android 10 phones. The company confirmed the news on its YouTube blog last month, saying all new devices launching with Android 10 and Android Pie will offer the app out of the box.

According to Sensor Tower, global mobile consumer spending on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store, the two largest distribution channels for mobile apps in the world, increased 22.9 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter. Total app revenue reached $21.9 billion in three months to September 30, nearly $4 billion more than the same period of last year.

Sensor Tower’s estimates include worldwide unique installs for the App Store and Google Play between July 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019. Apple apps and Google pre-installed apps are excluded. The figures represent aggregate installs of all app versions.

The estimated figures are provided by Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform, which uses robust algorithms and hundreds of millions of data points to measure App Store and Google Play performance.