Apple Music vs Spotify
Music, we all listen to it and we all love it. There are a lot of ways to stream music, but the two most used services right now have to be Apple Music (11 million subscribers) and Spotify (30 million subscribers and 55 million people who are listening on the free and ad based service). That being said, Apple Music has just launched, so Spotify did have a head start. The big question is, does Apple Music got what it takes to steal the lead from Spotify? Let’s find out!
If you use Apple Music, you can have a three month trial version with all the functions that you’ll get with the paid version. After the trial you have to pay 9,90 euros (11,38 dollars) a month. You can also take a family membership, which cost 15 euros (17,25 dollars) a month.
Spotify has a different approach, in fact, you don’t even have to pay! If an occasional commercial isn’t a problem for you, Spotify is free. However, there are some restrictions in play if you decide that you want the free version. For example, it won’t be possible to select which song you want to play if you’re on the mobile app. You can make a playlist and press the shuffle button, which takes you back to the good old days of the iPod Shuffle.
The version without any restrictions is Spotify Premium, which costs 10 euros (11,50 dollars) a month. If you decide to upgrade to Spotify Family, it will give you 50% off the normal price for Spotify Premium.
When you open the app, Apple Music will ask for your AppleID and makes you choose between two subscriptions, ‘Individual’ and ‘Family’.
The individual membership costs 9,90 euros (11,38 dollars) per month and the family one 15 euros (17,25 dollars) per month.
When you open Spotify, the only thing that you’ll have to do is make an account, or connect Spotify with your Facebook account. That’s all, now you can use Spotify!
Once you’ve chosen which membership you want, Apple Music wants to know some things about your music taste. You’ll have to choose 3 music genres and some musicians that you like. Once you’ve entered the information, Apple Music knows what music you like, and fills the ‘For you’ page with music that the app thinks you will love.
Starting with Spotify is a lot harder than starting with Apple Music. The service doesn’t know anything about your music taste. There is a page called ‘Recommended for you’, but how does that page know what music you like, when you never even listened to any music on Spotify? Yep, it doesn’t know anything about you.
Using the apps:
The interface of the app is absolutely stunning, but it has one problem, it isn’t the most simple one out there, which is something you wouldn’t expect from an Apple product. The problem is that if you don’t have any experience using iTunes, it may be a bit difficult to understand. That being said, things such as searching for a song or an artist is really easy.
The interface of Spotify is, just like the on of Apple Music, stunning. The black and green base colors match very well together and it’s obvious how everything works. Searching for a song, artist or playlist is easy.
Since you’ve let the app know what kind of music you like, it’s easy for Apple Music to personalize the app for you. The ‘For you’ page is, as the name says, filled with music and news that you may like. Apple Music has a of playlists with ‘special’ selections, such as the best Drake music that shows his talent.
Spotify may not have been a very ‘personal’ service in the beginning, but when you’ve used Spotify for a while, it knows everything about your music taste. The ‘Recommended for you’ app is, in contrast to the beginning, a page that recommends music that you’ll most likely love. Spotify has a lot of sections which are filled with content especially for you, such as a page with nearby concerts of musicians that you’ve listened to a lot and a playlist which is refreshed every week with new music that you may like.
Apple Music & Spotify:
According to the last measurements (3 May 2016), Apple music has a collection of 43 million songs, and Spotify has over a 30 million songs. So Apple Music has the advantage when it comes to this.
Apple Music has another advantage over Spotify, which is the connection with iTunes. All the music that you’ve got on your iTunes will appear on your Apple Music account.
Score: Apple Music: 10/10
Apple Music & Spotify:
Apple Music is streamed at 256Kbps in AAC, which stands for Advanced Audio Coding. Whereas Spotify is streamed at 320Kbps, so if you look only at the numbers, Spotify has an advantage over Apple Music.
Score: Apple Music: 9/10
Besides the Connect function, which is a unique way for musicians to connect with their fans, Apple Music doesn’t have anything that can be categorized as social. The Connect function however, is a great way for artists to connect with their fans. Musicians can post ‘behind the scenes’ pictures and other exclusive content that the fans may like.
Spotify doesn’t have anything that compares with the ‘Connect’ function of Apple Music. But that doesn’t mean that Spotify isn’t social. Actually, it’s the other way around! Spotify let’s you connect with friends in a way that no other music streaming service does. You can follow Facebook friends and see what they are listening to, you can send music to friends which you think they might like. Friends can follow playlists of other friends, and get a notification when a song is added to that playlist. There are shared playlists, which allows people to, as the name says, have a shared playlists where everybody that is allowed can add music to.
Apple Music: 78/90
‘Does Apple Music got what it takes to steal the lead from Spotify?’ They are both great streaming services, and they both have some exclusive things that make them that great. But for now, if it’s up to us, we would choose Spotify over Apple Music, for the simple reason that we like to share the music we listen to with our friends in a simple way. The ‘Connect’ function of Apple Music is a great way for musicians to connect with the fans, but the app doesn’t offer an easy way to share the music with friends. So the winner of this ‘App versus App’ battle is Spotify.