Apple announced this morning that Apple Music has surpassed 100 million songs on the streaming service.
It is a notable figure since Apple Music was launched in 2015 and only took a little over seven years to reach the milestone.
Apple said in a statement what makes this possible is by artists being able to write and create music, and if necessary, do so from a place such as their bedroom or basement in their home.
“Back in the 1960s, only 5,000 new albums were released each year. Today, anywhere in the world, in 167 countries and regions on Apple Music, any artist of any description can write and record a song and release it globally. Every day, over 20,000 singers and songwriters are delivering new songs to Apple Music — songs that make our catalog even better than it was the day before. One hundred million songs is evidence of a more democratic space, where anyone, even a new artist making music out of their bedroom, can have the next big hit.”
Apple Music, along with other music streaming services, make it so a major detail like a record label is no longer necessary when it comes to publishing new music.
The company also highlighted this in their morning statement.
“We also know that it’s more important than ever that we are elevating artists’ voices and providing opportunities for them to tell their own stories and contextualize their music. It is no longer enough to just connect artists and fans, it’s about making those connections deeper and more meaningful. And just one of the many ways we are helping to provide context is through the new Apple Music Today series, where we’ll be picking a new song every day and diving into its history, because we know that each of the 100 million songs in our catalog has its own story.”
Apple Music is currently available to stream through the Music app and starts at $4.99 a month for the Voice plan and for regular use of the service, that starts at $9.99 a month.