2 Music Streaming Tycoon: Apple Music vs. Spotify-Which One Better?
Music is a necessity in everyone’s daily routines, no matter you are working in the office, stucking in the traffic jam, waiting in the subways,in the gym, in workout, at home for relaxation and more.
This 2 tycoons had been dominating the music live streaming industry that changing people’s lifestyle for the decent. For Apple users, we had been plugged one of the hottest assets of Apple’s products called Apple Music For Spotify, it is developed for everyone no matter you are an Android user, an Apple user, a Windows user or a Macintosh (Mac) user, it can be eligible for every devices as been mentioned above.
When it comes to global subscriber numbers, Spotify is the king of on-demand streaming music. The Swedish-born service helped pioneer the current market, and has tens of millions more paying subscribers than the competition, not to mention countless millions more free users. But Apple Music, known for its high-level exclusive releases and full integration into Apple’s popular iOS ecosystem, is the hottest service on Spotify’s heels.
Both services are $9.99 per month. Both services offer family plans that cover up to six people for $14.99 per month. Both services provide student plans for $4.99 per month.
Apple also offers a $99 per year plan for single subscriptions. This plan makes the monthly rate $8.25 per month. Spotify has offered this plan on occasion in the past, but it’s just a promotion (instead of an ongoing pricing plan).
Apple Music and Spotify are both loaded with music. Spotify claims it has over 35 million songs in its library. Apple claims it has 45 million songs. When it comes down to it, both are loaded with tons of back catalog and current content. Apple Music will have the occasional exclusive album for a few weeks, but most albums usually appear on both at the same time.
One aspect where Apple Music has a clear advantage is for content that isn’t available on its service. A feature of Apple Music is iCloud Music Library. This feature lets you add music to iTunes on the Mac or PC, and then it will add it to your library across all your devices. This feature is helpful if you have a lot of live albums that aren’t available for any streaming service. iCloud Music Library is also handy when a record isn’t available to stream but is to purchase. An example of when this is useful is when Taylor Swift’s most recent album was released. It didn’t appear on Apple Music or Spotify for three weeks. If you wanted to buy it as an Apple Music subscriber, you could just purchase it on iTunes and then it would be automatically added to your library. If you are a Spotify user, there is no way to do this. You can still buy it, but it would be inside the Music app on your iPhone vs being inside of Spotify (where the rest of your library is).
Spotify doesn’t offer music videos. It includes a video section with some exclusive music-related content, though.
One area that Apple could do a lot better is on Beats 1. I love the premise of Beats 1 with DJs who love music and are sharing a lot of new music with the world. I find the premise of it hard to follow. There are no notifications for certain shows (or when artists I follow are going to be doing interviews, etc).
Spotify has been promoting its podcast support recently, and while Apple offers a podcast solution, it’s inside another app. Spotify is touting “one app” for all of your audio content. If you only listen to one or two shows, you might find it useful. Otherwise, you should look at a dedicated app like Apple Podcasts or Overcast.
Outside of a few exceptions, both companies have more content than you could probably ever listen to.
Both apps offer a social experience that I find well done. Apple’s social experience is tied to its For Youtab. You can follow your friends and will show you what you are listening to. Spotify’s desktop app has a listing that shows what your friends are listening to.
It feels comical to be critiquing both of these services. Both are good. I probably prefer Apple’s design a tad better, but Spotify isn’t far behind.
There is no wrong answer. I think both services are amazing, and it’s going to come down to a few things.
Do you want Apple Watch support? Do you want a native Apple TV app? Do you have/plan to buy a HomePod? If you answered yes to any of those, go with Apple Music.
Do you prefer playlists over complete albums? Do you want Amazon Echo support? Do you have a Sonos system? If yes, I’d say Spotify is the best pick for you.
One thing I haven’t mentioned until now is Siri support. Apple Music has relatively deep Siri support, where Spotify is just now beginning to roll out voice support. While I only use it in the car, Siri support for Apple Music is a pretty significant feature.
I love both services, and both are worthy of your money. I think for the person who sticks to mostly Apple services, Apple Music is a great solution. Spotify offers a free version so you could use it for the great playlists and use Apple Music for everything else. Apple Music also offers a three-month free trial. Give both of them a shot to see which one fits you best. For most people, it’s just going to come down to personal preference.
Can Spotify survive being independent against companies who don’t have to make a profit in the music business (Apple, Amazon, etc)? Scott Galloway of L2, Inc. thinks Spotify is the 5th Horseman. He also thinks that Apple Music is growing faster than Spotify because it’s abusing monopoly power. CIRP recently reported that Spotify’s US churn rate has increased, and it said Apple Music was the reason. On the other hand, they recently hit their subscriber targets.
What do think you?
Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments (and include why).