Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which music streaming service to choose?

Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which music streaming service to choose?

Apple Music and Spotify are by no means the only music streaming services out there, in the US alone there are at least six major platforms to choose from, but they are regarded as two of the major players in the business. And if you’re ready to commit to one of them, you’ll want to know all the perks each one has to offer before making your final choice. Which is the best for iPhone or Android owners? Which has the most support for all sorts of smart speakers? And which has the biggest song selection?

Here’s a general overview of how they compare:

Spotify Apple Music
Price $10 a month or $5 a month for students $10 a month or $5 a month for students
Family plan Yes, up to 6 people ($15) Yes, up to 6 people ($15)
Free tier Yes, ad-supported No, only Beats1 radio
Free trial 3 months 3 months
Stream quality Up to 320kbps Ogg Vorbis, or AAC (see section below) 256kbps AAC
Music library 50 million songs 50 million songs

Price and subscription options

Both Spotify and Apple Music offer a free* three-month trial period for their premium services, which normally cost $10, £10 or AU$12 a month. It costs $5 for students or $15 for family plans. With the premium version, you can stream any song from the catalog on demand, plus listen to songs offline.

And if you’re a student, you’ll get access to Hulu and Showtime (ad-supported) as part of your Premium subscription. Spotify is also the only one of the two music services with a free, ad-supported tier, so even if you don’t want to pay for the premium version you can still listen. The caveat (aside from the interruptions) is that many albums and playlists require you to listen in shuffle mode rather than sequential play and there’s a limit of six skips per hour.

Apple Music only lets free users stream Beats1 Radio, or you can listen to songs from your iTunes library.

Winner: Spotify

Streaming quality

In terms of stream quality, Spotify uses the Ogg Vorbis format. On mobile you can choose what bit rate to stream, in increments up to 320kbps, which is handy especially if you’re worried about using up too much mobile data. Desktop playback is at 160kbps or 320kbps for premium users.

If you listen on Spotify’s web player or via Chromecast, it streams in AAC at 128kbps for free users or 256kbps for premium.

Apple Music streams 256kbps AAC files.

To find out more about bit rate and audio quality, read this in-depth comparison of sound quality between Apple Music and Spotify.

You can also adjust the equalizer in both to suit your preferences (although you’ll find Apple Music’s EQ setting outside of the app, within the Settings > Music section on the iPhone).

Unless you’re a serious audiophile, you probably won’t notice much difference between the highest-quality Spotify and Apple Music streams of the same song. If the highest audio fidelity is really important to you, consider another service that supports lossless streaming like Tidal.

Library and music selection

Both have roughly the same library for tunes, topping 50 million and they also offer early access to certain albums from time to time. Apple Music sometimes offers exclusives for certain music videos.

If you turn on iCloud Music Library within Apple Music, you can access your personal library of tunes across all your devices (from the PC to the phone). This feature “matches” songs in your library with those in the iTunes catalog, or uploads them if the song isn’t available, so you can listen to your music wherever you’re signed in with your Apple ID. You can store up to 100,000 songs.

Note that iTunes Match is also available even without an Apple Music subscription for $25 a year.

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Source:- cnet

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