This Week in Apps: Spotify debuts a Clubhouse rival, Facebook tests Audio Rooms in US, Amazon cuts Appstore commissions

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices…

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Spotify Monthly Active Users Hit 356 Million, Falling Short Of Target; Revenue Up 16%; Podcast Listening Hits High

Spotify saw revenue grow 16% last quarter to €2.147 billion fueled by a 46% jump in ad sales as podcast listening hit a high and monthly active users grew 24% to 356 million, including both free and paid. Premium subscribers increase 21%, as the company added nearly 4 million net new members to end the…

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