For A Much-Hated App, Facebook Messenger Sure Is Popular

6 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Music service isn’t making us use the Music app.

While social networking site Facebook remains the top app in the US, its Messenger app has stolen the number two position from YouTube, a latest US market report has revealed. Despite a major redesign and an all-new streaming service, iPhone users did not use the default music app on their phones more in July, according to new data from analytics firm ComScore. For the first time, the app surpassed Google Inc.’s YouTube, coming in behind only to Facebook itself, according to a new report from comScore out Thursday. On App Annie’s global list of iOS downloads, Facebook dominates with four apps in the top ten (the other two being WhatsApp — which just announced it has 900 million monthly users globally, and Instagram).

ComScore said that as of July, 59.5% of Apple Inc.’s iOS or Google’s Android smartphone owners used Messenger at least once a month, edging out YouTube at 59.3%. Samsung ranked second with 27.3 percent market share, followed by LG with 8.7 percent (up 0.3 percentage points), Motorola with 4.9 percent and HTC with 3.5 percent. It was expected that Apple Music, the company’s ambitious and much-anticipated streaming service, would have made more new users open the built-in music app, driving it a little higher in the rankings.

Facebook has invested a ton of money, promotion and innovation with its Facebook app, and it now appears that all of that sweat and effort has paid off. Even though a lot of people scrunched up their nose in disgust when Facebook obligated users to install the Facebook Messenger app in order to use the messenging service, it seems that most of those users’ concerns have flown the coop. If Apple can convert even a small number of its regular app users to Apple Music subscriptions, it may catch up to Spotify’s 20 million subscribers faster than you’d think.

Google’s YouTube, Google Search, Gmail, Google Play and Google Maps apps are all still on the list… they’re all just behind Facebook and Facebook Messenger. More from WSJ.D: And make sure to visit WSJ.D for all of our news, personal tech coverage, analysis and more, and add our XML feed to your favorite reader. In other interesting smartphone information, according to ComScore, 191.4 million people owned smartphones in July of 2015, with Apple being the weapon of choice for 44.2% of Americans.

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