Daily Crunch: Spotify surpasses 100M paying users

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1. Spotify Q1 hits 100M paying users, 217M overall, beats on sales but loss widens to $47M

Basically, Spotify’s user growth is impressive, but the financial picture is more mixed.

As for the next quarter, Spotify predicts MAUs of between 222 and 228 million, up 23-27 percent year-over-year, while premium subs grow 29 to 34 percent, to between 107 and 110 million.

2. Beats’ AirPods alternative start shipping May 10

Earlier this month, Beats unveiled its long-awaited answer to AirPods. Now, the Apple subsidiary has announced that its fully wireless earbuds go up for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada the morning of May 3 and will be available to everyone May 10.

3. ‘The Division 2’ is the brain-dead, antipolitical, gun-mongering vigilante simulator we deserve

But at least it’s fun?

Amazon Buys Whole Foods For Over 13 Billion

SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 16: An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

4. Amazon Pay launches peer-to-peer payments in India

Customers in India can now make instant bank-to-bank transactions on the localized version of the Amazon app, allowing them to settle bills and other expenses with friends, lend or return money to family, pay for services and more.

5. 2019 Audi RS 5 review: A bruising high-tech cruiser

Matt Burns says it’s a nice car to visit, but he wouldn’t want to live with it.

6. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts

We’ve got an Equity episode about Mary Meeker’s new fund, an Equity Shot about Uber’s IPO and an Original Content segment recapping both the new Beyoncé concert movie on Netflix and last week’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”

7. Why your CSO, not your CMO, should pitch your security startup

Zack Whittaker argues that no startup of any size — especially a security startup — should be without a chief security officer. (Extra Crunch membership required.)