If you’re a music fan you, having access to a streaming service is close to being a must these days-but there is so much to choose from. Spotify vs Apple Music- which is better?
There are more than a few services on the market and each has its own way of doing things.
Two of the most popular at the moment are Spotify and Apple Music. While they’re similar, differences exist.
Here’s a quick run down of what you get, with both.
With Spotify, you can choose to pay for your service, or simply enjoy listening the company’s free tier of music. If you choose the free option, you’ll experience the occasional ad via video or audio.
To remove the ads, you can pay $9.99 per month for a regular subscription. If you’re a student, a 50% discount exists, and the further option of a family subscription allows up to 6 people to have access to a premium membership for $14.99 per month.
Will you find what you want? Spotify has a library that totals over 30 million music tracks, and so you’re sure to find something that suits you.
If you’re struggling though, Spotify will recommend tracks for you. One of the big pluses of using this service is its “Discover Weekly” feature. This tool takes your current musical preferences and compiles playlists for you, catering to your tastes.
The result is a new playlist which is presented to you at the beginning of each week, exposing listeners to new music.
Are there drawbacks? Always. One is the fact that some very well known artists have withheld their albums from Spotify in recent times, citing low royalty rates.
Consequently, that one album you’re looking for may be missing.
To compensate for this, the service offers ‘Spotify Sessions’ which are exclusive recording sessions done by artists, with Spotify. While the songs are the same, you can’t get these exact versions anywhere else.
As for sound quality, three tiers of streaming quality are available: 160kbps or 320kbps on a desktop, and a third option of 96kbps is available for mobile devices and slower internet connections.
As well, if you like the very, very best, Spotify doesn’t offer the highest sound resolution on the market, which comes from Tidal.
Apple came to the game of music streaming much later than Spotify, and just joined the competition in 2015. The power of the brand however, has built this service quickly.
Unlike Spotify, Apple Music doesn’t have a free listening option. Users can enjoy a free trial at first, and then pay $9.99 per month. Students can enjoy a discount rate t $4.99 per month, and just like Spotify, a family membership exists for $14.99 per month, with unlimited streaming for up to 6 people.
The benefits of using Apple Music include recommended tracks in the ‘For You’ section, a similar idea to Spotify’s weekly Discovery playlists. Suggested music is ongoing though, and includes multiple playlists and albums.
Another plus is the fact that Apple tries to secure exclusive rights to big artists, and has so far cornered Taylor Swift for the long term (at the moment), and others for shorter periods of time.
Drawbacks to Apple Music? It doesn’t always run as smoothly as Spotify. It’s pretty reliable but very occasionally, Apple Music can have trouble buffering, and skips tracks. It can also crash, which Spotify doesn't tend to do.
Apple music streams at 256kbps in AAC.