Apple Music is another subscription music streaming services by Apple which has been initially released last June 2015. How does it compare to Spotify?
Be remind: I haven’t has the chance to fully play with all of its key features, but I can see how we can use what’s already out there and I’m not writing this review for third-party promotions.
Spotify boasts a catalog of more than 30 million tracks as this year.
Apple Music will also have more than 30 million tracks. And expect a catalog that’s roughly the same as what Spotify has. Still don’t expect a carbon copy of everything that’s in iTunes.
There will be some discrepancies, based on what each service is able to negotiate. Sometimes iTunes will get exclusives, and sometimes it’ll be Spotify with the goods.
Apple is really good at slick software, especially on iOS. But Spotify has its improving software releases over the years.
Both services have playlist curated by experts which is they called “radio”.
Additionally, both Apple Music and Spotify will generate playlists that are made by genius algorithms.
Where you can listen?
Spotify has made a big effort to be everywhere, even when Apple Music launches with an additional Android app, Spotify has a major edge in terms of how many different ways you can access your music. Besides just iOS and Android mobile application, you can listen to Spotify through your Playstation and even on your Uber ride.
How to discover new music?
Spotify and Apple Music both have myriad methods for serving you up new tunes you’ve never heard before. Both will suggest music based on the genres and artists you like. You’ll also get topical music. Curated playlists from expert sources will also drive discovery.
Maybe the coolest feature Spotify has that Apple Music apparently doesn’t have (yet) is the social aspect: You can see what all your friends are listening to, and get suggestions based upon the friends you really trust and play even on web browser using Spotify web player
Apple Music extras
Apple plays nice with all of the content you already own.
Apple Music’s big differentiator is Connect: A section of the app that lets you keep up with your favorite artists. It’s a little bit like a Facebook page that you can follow. The artist posts something, and you can respond to it. The artist can also use Connect to share exclusive content. You still have an option to plays nice with all of the content you already own and grab it from any of your Apple devices on the go thru iTune Match. You shouldn’t underestimate how lazy people are. Apple already has hundreds of millions of credit cards on file so the last question is fees?
How much you pay
For free: On Apple Music you can listen to ad-supported radio with just an Apple account. On Spotify, you actually get ad-supported, on-demand access to the entire Spotify catalog.
Premium: In both cases you get unlimited access to the entire catalogs, including offline caching for $10 per month.
Family: Apple introduced a family plan that lets up to six different people get onto the service for $15 per month
What are your preliminary thoughts on Apple Music versus the wide world of streaming music?