Music streaming services is a big thing in the industry. With Apple Music adding to the likes of Radio, Spotify, and more, it’s becoming a crowded and confusing market. The biggest streaming services that will catch anyone’s attention besides Pandora is Apple Music and Spotify. But which one is really worth your money? Spotify? Or Apple Music?
First, let’s take a deeper look into what Apple Music really is. After the acquisition of Beats Audio by Dre for $2.9 billion, it was only a matter of time before Apple could finally fuse Beats Music in one App. The App is aimed directly at Spotify. Not Tidal, Spotify. It is one app that manages worldwide live radio stations, your iTunes catalog, and music streaming services all at the same time. You can even make your own playlist, and stream any song or album in one settling. And if you want, you can let Apple choose what you want to hear.
With Apple Music, you have a “New” Tab which allows you to listen to new artist and top charts. Go to the “All” Tab and you will be greeted with you iTunes library. There is also a “My Library” Tab for those who like their music content stored onto their device instead of the cloud. This is great for those who don’t want to burn through their data.
Siri is also integrated into Apple Music. Tell Siri to play the best music from the 90’s, and she goes to work. This is something Google could do with Play Music and Google Now.
Beats One is also integrated with Apple Music. This is a live 24-hour radio station you are able to access through the App. But be careful, even though Beats One is free, Apple Music requires a subscription.
Spotify does mostly the same thing, offering unlimited music with caveats depending on which package you prefer. With Spotify’s premium service, it does without advertisements. Spotify allows users to skip tracks and listen to music offline. Premium users can play songs on demand, hear playlists, discover new music, create and edit playlists, as well as share music and their playlists. To sum up Spotify, it is more widely available to consumers via Laptop, Desktop, smartphones, Tablets and more. In addition, it has been here since 2008, has over 20 million users, with deals from Sony (PlayStation Music), EMI, Warner, and Universal Studios.
What you will be most interested in is Spotify and Apple Music catalogue. Both iTunes and Spotify has over 30 million songs. However, Spotify streams their music at 320 kbps; there is no telling what Apple will be streaming their music at. Spotify also has video clips, audio shows, and original programming. To combat Spotify’s incredible features, Apple Music has a huge trick up their sleeve. With their new connect feature, it will allow upcoming artist to take advantage of Apple’s Apple Music App. Users will be able to find their music on Apple Music, that isn’t yet on iTunes. It will be the new SoundCloud in just a couple of years.
This is what it all comes down to; pricing. So which one gives you more bang for your buck? Spotify starts off free unlike Apple Music, and goes up from there. Apple Music on the other hand, cost $9.99 per month, which goes for the same as Spotify if you opt for their premium version. Apple will allow you to have up to six family members use Apple Music for $14.99. Spotify will allow you another person for the family version, but it’s only 50 cents off any additional person, so it can get expensive.
So which one is more available? Of course, Spotify is a lot more widely available, by a long shot. Apple Music is only available on iOS, Mac, and PC and will start opening up to these devices on June 30th. The Android version will be coming this Autumn. Unfortunately it will only be available to just 100 countries. Spotify is already global and can be found on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC.
Which should you choose? Well, it’s a tossup. Apple Music is very new, and it isn’t as available as Spotify. We will have to wait several months to see if it will even pick up traction. June 30th isn’t that far away, but it still gives Spotify plenty of time to raise the stakes and either price match or come up with some new ideas before Apple Music Launch. What I’m more excited about is the massive potential Connect will have, which will give upcoming artist a huge chance to show their potential. For now, users will have to stick to Spotify until Apple Music is released.