Apple Music boasted of 11 million users – but half have already tuned out

Survey finds two-thirds of customers likely to pay for service after free trial ends but 61% turn off auto-renewal option

Just over half the people who sampled Apple Music have stuck around to use the service regularly, a study by music industry analytics firm MusicWatch has found. Apple recently took a victory lap for hitting the 11 million user mark among people who had sampled its new service, which is meant to compete with similar offerings from Spotify and Pandora. But 48% of those users aren’t there any more.

Related: Apple Music has 11m listeners five weeks after launching

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UK gym membership spending up by 44%

Budget gyms with more flexible contracts contribute to increase in membership in last year

Consumer spending on UK gym membership has soared by 44% in the last year, figures reveal, driven by the growth in popularity of new, budget gyms which come without the expensive shackles of contracts that cannot be unlocked and hefty fees.

The research suggests that earlier reports of the demise of the gym – as the UK enthusiastically embraces cycling, park runs and open water swimming – may have been premature. In June Sport England reported the first fall in the number of people going to gyms or keeping fit in the privacy of their own homes – by 153,000 to 6.56 million – but the latest figures indicate they are being more pro-active.

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Union: Amazon UK staff are ‘burning out physically and mentally’ – video

Amazon staff in the UK and abroad are being pushed beyond their limits and some are developing physical and mental illnesses, according to a UK trade union. Elly Baker, GMB’s lead officer for Amazon, says some British staff are suffering from musculoskeletal problems, work-related stress and anxiety, and often feel scared to speak up for fear of losing their job. The claims made by the union come after a damning expose by the New York Times into Amazon’s corporate culture. Amazon’s founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has since refuted the claims and said the article does not accurately depict ‘the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day’

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