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Spotify approaches 300 million monthly active users as podcast investment pays off

Spotify on Wednesday said its monthly active user count reached 299 million in the most recent quarter ending June 30.

Spotify beat analysts’ forecasts on both sales they had on average been expecting revenues of $1.86 billion and EPS, which had been forecast to be -$0.49 but came in at -$0.20 on a diluted basis and $0.00 undiluted.

The company said its Family Plan continues to be a big driver of performance and further plugged the expansion of its new Premium Duo subscription offering for couples.

Spotify confirmed that it observed what it called “Covid-related softness” in several countries across emerging regions early in the quarter, resulting in increased churn and an increase in payment failures from Premium users. This rebounded significantly in June, the company said, and the improved momentum is now expected to carry over into Q3.

Spotify has committed to growing its podcasting unit over the last quarter and the early work appears to be paying off. The platform now offers more than 1.5 million shows, half of which launched this year. And people are listening, too. The streaming giant said 21 percent of its total MAUs are now engaging with podcast content, up from just 19 percent in the first quarter.

Looking ahead, Spotify anticipates finishing the third quarter with between 312 million and 317 million MAUs and by the end of the year, they hope to have closer to 350 million users.

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