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Spotify vs Apple Music (best music apps / software)

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Winner
Library size
Sound Quality
Curated Playlists
Device Support
Interface
Ads
Subscription Cost
Personalization
Free Version
Social Features
FREE / PAID
Spotify makes money by selling premium subscriptions. The cost per month is $9.99 for individual, $14.99 for family, and $4.99 for student.
Apple Music monetizes by selling subscriptions. It costs $9.99 per month for individual, $14.99 for family, and $4.99 for student.
Conclusion

Offering a sleek interface and a vast library , Spotify takes personalisation to the next level! But, Ads in the free version can be a letdown.

With its unique human curated playlists and seamless integration with Apple devices, Apple Music is awesome! Missing friends feature though.

Spotify Pros & Cons

Top Pros
  • Extensive library

  • Excellent personalization

  • Multi-device support

  • User-friendly interface

  • Great curated playlists

Apple Music Pros & Cons

Top Pros
  • Good sound quality

  • Excellent device support

  • Perfect Apple Integration

  • Curated by real people

  • Family sharing support

  • Includes music videos

Top Cons
  • Annoying ads in free version

  • Premium is a bit pricey

  • Poor integration with non-android devices

  • No music videos

  • No lyrics support

  • Offline feature only in premium version

Top Cons
  • More expensive than other services

  • No free version

  • Fewer songs than competitors

  • Poor social features

  • Not so good on Android

Other best music apps

3

Pandora’s 🎧 radio feature is excellent, but lacks on-demand listening in free version. Bit of a bummer. 😞

4

Mixing Google’s vast resources with music, YouTube music provides an unique experience 🎉. Ads can be intrusive though. 😒

5

Tidal, with its edge in lossless music quality, is a paradise for audiophiles! 👍 Not so great for the budget though. 😓

FAQ

The music streaming industry is currently dominated by several key players, including Spotify and Apple Music. Other popular options include Amazon Music, Tidal, and YouTube Music.

Spotify stands out for its varied selection of music, curated playlists, and its ‘Discover Weekly’ feature which recommends new music to users based on their listening habits.

Apple Music‘s key strengths are its integration with Apple’s ecosystem, live radio stations, and exclusive content from various artists.

Yes, both Spotify and Apple Music provide the option to download songs for offline play. However, this feature is usually available with their premium subscriptions.

Both Spotify and Apple Music offer high-quality streaming, with the highest quality available to premium subscribers. Spotify’s highest quality is 320kbps, while Apple Music streams at 256kbps.

Yes, it’s possible to share playlists across platforms using third-party tools like Soundiiz or TuneMyMusic. However, some songs may not transfer due to differences in the song catalogs of each platform.

Apple Music provides in-app synchronized lyrics for many songs. On Spotify, lyrics are available on some songs, provided through third-party service Musixmatch.

The price varies by country, but in the United States, a regular Spotify premium subscription costs $9.99 per month. There are discounted rates for students and family plans.

Similar to Spotify, the cost of an Apple Music subscription varies by location. In the United States, a regular subscription is $9.99 a month, with discounted prices for students and families.

Premium subscribers on both Spotify and Apple Music can listen to music offline, enjoy higher music quality, and can skip an unlimited number of tracks. Additionally, Spotify Premium users are not interrupted by ads, while Apple Music subscribers receive exclusive content.

Spotify updates its music catalog regularly, typically adding newly released songs within a day of their official release.

Like Spotify, Apple Music also updates its music library frequently, striving to add new tracks and albums as soon as they are released.

Yes, Spotify allows you to follow friends, share playlists, and see what others are listening to. Likewise, Apple Music also has a social feature called Friends Mix where you can listen to songs your friends are playing.

Yes, both platforms offer podcasts. Spotify, in particular, has invested heavily in podcast content and offers an extensive selection.

Yes, both Spotify and Apple Music feature radio stations. Spotify has algorithmically generated radio stations based on artists, genres, or songs, while Apple Music offers live radio shows in addition to the algorithmic stations.

Spotify and Apple Music can be accessed from a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, smart speakers, TVs, and even car audio systems.

Apple Music does offer music videos, while Spotify mostly sticks to audio content, however, some songs on Spotify are accompanied by a short looped visual known as ‘Canvas’.

Spotify’s recommendation system includes features like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix playlists, which use algorithms to suggest songs based on listening history. Apple Music offers a similar feature with personalized playlists such as ‘For You’ and ‘New Music Mix’.

You can use third-party services like Soundiiz or TuneMyMusic to transfer your playlists between Spotify and Apple Music.

Both Spotify and Apple Music offer comprehensive customer support. They provide online help centers, community forums, and direct contact options for more immediate assistance.

Some of the best music streaming apps available today include Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, and YouTube Music.

Spotify offers a variety of features such as playlist creation, music discovery through its algorithm, offline listening, podcast availability, and social sharing options. Additionally, it provides a free tier for users who don’t mind listening to ads.

Yes, Apple Music is a subscription-based service with a monthly fee. They do offer a 3-month free trial for new users to evaluate the service.

To download songs from Spotify, you need to have a premium subscription. Once subscribed, click the ‘Download’ toggle on the album, playlist, or podcast page. The songs will then be available for offline listening.

Apple Music streams at 256kbps AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) which is a great sound quality for most listeners.

Yes, Spotify allows you to share playlists with others. Simply select the playlist, click ‘…’ (more options), and then click ‘Share’. You can share the playlist through social media, text, email, or copy the link directly.

Yes, Apple Music offers a Family Plan which allows up to six members to enjoy Apple Music using their own Apple IDs.

Yes, Spotify does offer a significant discount for students for up to four years.

Yes, with Apple Music, you can download music onto your device and listen offline.

Yes, Spotify often features exclusive releases and sessions from a variety of artists, as well as a number of unique podcasts.

Apple Music boasts a staggering catalog of over 75 million songs.

Spotify is available in most countries across the world, with the notable exception of a few.

Yes, Apple Music is not exclusive to Apple devices and is available on Android devices as well.

Yes, Spotify offers high-quality streaming for Premium subscribers, up to 320kbps.

Yes, Apple Music offers a number of live and curated radio stations, including Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country.

Spotify curates a variety of playlists spanning different moods, activities, genres, decades, and much more. Users can also create and share their own playlists.

Yes, with Apple Music, you can upload your own music and merge it with the existing catalog.

Spotify Connect is a feature that lets you control what’s playing on compatible devices, like speakers or TV, using the Spotify app on your phone, tablet or PC.

The ‘For You’ tab in Apple Music is a personalized space offering custom playlists, albums, and songs picked by the app’s algorithm based on your listening habits.

Yes, Spotify has a vast library of podcasts in various categories such as news, true crime, comedy, and more.