The Difference Between Spotify and Apple Music

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Streaming music is now the primary way music lovers consume their music. Sales of streaming music surpassed physical CDs in 2014, digital downloads in 2015, and are now driving new growth in the music industry1.

If you are looking for new music, or to listen to classics, instead of buying that next song from iTunes or a CD from the record store, you can now stream millions of songs with services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Streaming services have thousands of pre-programmed playlists and stations for every genre and mood plus allow you to listen to broadcast radio, individual albums, songs, and artists. You can also create your own playlists and and most services even include podcasts. With free, premium and trial plans, it's easy to try before committing to a subscription.

Which service is right for you? Below is a chart breaking down the differences between Spotify, Apple Music, other alternatives to help you find the best one.

  Spotify Apple Music Tidal Google Play Music Amazon Music
  Spotify Logo Apple Music Logo Tidal Logo Google Play Music Logo Amazon Music Logo
Price $9.99/month $9.99/month $9.99-$19.99/month $9.99/month Free with Amazon Prime for 2 million songs.
$7.99/month with Prime
$9.99 without Prime.
Songs Over 40 million Over 50 million Over 50 million Over 40 million Over 10 million
Free option Unlimited free option with ads No No No Included with a Prime membership
Will it have all your favorite songs? Yes (Missing some Beyonce, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre) Yes Yes Yes Yes (Tends to get music late)
Music Quality High Quality High Quality High Quality to  HIFI lossless depending on plan High Quality High Quality
Does it work well on all your devices? Runs well on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone Runs well on Mac and iPhone and less reliably on Android and Windows Runs well in Browser but less reliably on Windows, iPhone, and Android Runs well on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone Runs well on Amazon devices such as Amazon Echo and Fire TV but less reliably on other devices
User interface Great Great Okay Good Needs Improvement
Music recommendations and playlist curations Best Great Good Good Needs Improvement
Allows you to download music for offline listening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Device Support Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home
Other features Allows you to see what your friends are listening to and the lyrics for songs Access to Beats 1 radio and the ability to view lyrics Highest quality audio Comes with YouTube Red which allows you to download YouTube videos and watch them without ads  
Issues     Doesn’t work with Google Assistant and Amazon Echos   limited podcasts. Does not include music videos

https://www.recode.net/2017/9/20/16339484/music-streaming-riaa-spotify-apple-music-youtube-2017-revenue-subscription

 

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Spotify and Apple Music Logo

Streaming music is now the primary way music lovers consume their music. Sales of streaming music surpassed physical CDs in 2014, digital downloads in 2015, and are now driving new growth in the music industry1.

If you are looking for new music, or to listen to classics, instead of buying that next song from iTunes or a CD from the record store, you can now stream millions of songs with services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Streaming services have thousands of pre-programmed playlists and stations for every genre and mood plus allow you to listen to broadcast radio, individual albums, songs, and artists. You can also create your own playlists and and most services even include podcasts. With free, premium and trial plans, it's easy to try before committing to a subscription.

Which service is right for you? Below is a chart breaking down the differences between Spotify, Apple Music, other alternatives to help you find the best one.

  Spotify Apple Music Tidal Google Play Music Amazon Music
  Spotify Logo Apple Music Logo Tidal Logo Google Play Music Logo Amazon Music Logo
Price $9.99/month $9.99/month $9.99-$19.99/month $9.99/month Free with Amazon Prime for 2 million songs.
$7.99/month with Prime
$9.99 without Prime.
Songs Over 40 million Over 50 million Over 50 million Over 40 million Over 10 million
Free option Unlimited free option with ads No No No Included with a Prime membership
Will it have all your favorite songs? Yes (Missing some Beyonce, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre) Yes Yes Yes Yes (Tends to get music late)
Music Quality High Quality High Quality High Quality to  HIFI lossless depending on plan High Quality High Quality
Does it work well on all your devices? Runs well on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone Runs well on Mac and iPhone and less reliably on Android and Windows Runs well in Browser but less reliably on Windows, iPhone, and Android Runs well on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone Runs well on Amazon devices such as Amazon Echo and Fire TV but less reliably on other devices
User interface Great Great Okay Good Needs Improvement
Music recommendations and playlist curations Best Great Good Good Needs Improvement
Allows you to download music for offline listening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Device Support Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Sonos, Amazon Echo, and Google Home
Other features Allows you to see what your friends are listening to and the lyrics for songs Access to Beats 1 radio and the ability to view lyrics Highest quality audio Comes with YouTube Red which allows you to download YouTube videos and watch them without ads  
Issues     Doesn’t work with Google Assistant and Amazon Echos   limited podcasts. Does not include music videos

https://www.recode.net/2017/9/20/16339484/music-streaming-riaa-spotify-apple-music-youtube-2017-revenue-subscription

 

Learn more about streaming music with one of our step-by-step guides

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