Apple Music vs Spotify: 2 Years Later Which is BEST?

Apple Music vs Spotify: Which is better in 2017?
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Apple Music & Spotify are the 2 most popular music streaming services & I will compare both of them head-to-head to see which is the best music streaming app.

Both offer $9.99/month for the all-access individual plan, $14.99/month for a family plan up to 6 people, and $4.99/month for student discount. Apple Music is available in many more countries than Spotify. Apple Music’s hidden $99 annual subscription: if you’re already an Apple Music member go to iPhone Settings, Apple ID, iTunes & App Store, View Apple ID, Subscriptions, Apple Music Membership, (select plan)

Apple Music charges taxes which comes to $10.59/month (varies on your location). That’s 60 cents extra per month compared to Spotify. Spotify offers a free plan (shuffle-only, limited, ads) but it’s still a big advantage since Apple Music does not offer a free plan. (Beats 1 radio is free to all)

Music Collection
Spotify: 30 million+ songs
Apple Music: 40 million+ songs
(Availability depends on region)

Sound Quality
Spotify has options of 96Kbps, 160Kbps, and 320Kbps
Apple Music streams at 256Kbps

Offline Listening

Library Limit
Spotify: 10,000 song limit in library
Apple Music: 100,000 song limit in library

Supported Devices
Spotify is more cross-platform friendly. PC/Mac/Web, Spotify Connect, works with devices like Samsung Gear, Amazon devices, Alexa integration, PlayStation, Smart TVs, Roku, etc.
Apple Music has a “closed” environment like most Apple products: PC/Mac (Requires iTunes; no web player), is supported on Android but works best with iOS; Integration with Siri, Apple TV, Apple Watch, CarPlay, and HomePod, Apple’s smart speaker.

Exclusive Content
Apple Music lands more exclusive deals with big artists where certain albums are released first to Apple Music. Some artists choose to only be on Apple Music. Both services offer their own exclusive content. (Apple Music has Planet of the Apps, and Spotify has Spotify Sessions)

Apple Music shows full lyrics of a song in the app.
Spotify has integration with, which shows some of the lyrics mixed in with fun facts about the song or meaning, but it doesn’t show full lyrics and the Genius lyrics integration is only available for certain songs.

Existing Library
Apple Music syncs your existing iTunes library pretty effortlessly. Spotify syncs your existing iTunes library, but it’s more complicated and not as seamlessly integrated as it is with Apple Music.

Both radio stations created from artists are similar. However, Apple Music radio stations created from individual songs seem to be a little better than Spotify. It seems to play more new music. Apple Music has Beats 1 radio which is a popular feature, along with on-demand radio stations. I do prefer Spotify’s interface with Radio because you can see the list of songs up next. On Apple Music you can only see the next song.

Both have a large number of playlists based on things like Mood & Genre, but Spotify gets Playlists right since they have more experience. The 2 big advantages of Spotify playlists are Daily Mixes & Discover Weekly, which are automatic custom-made playlists tailored to your listening habits.

Apple Music has the Connect feature that lets you follow your favorite artists. Spotify has better Social features. You can create, share and follow public playlists made from any Spotify user which makes their playlist selection more extensive than Apple Music. Spotify also has Collaborative Playlists which lets you and your friends add songs to the same playlist.

App Experience
Both app menu buttons are similar. I think Spotify has a better design and layout than Apple Music. I prefer Spotify’s dark theme. Spotify shows the number of monthly listeners for an artist. I wish Spotify displayed the Featured Artist info on songs like Apple Music. Spotify’s search suggestions & algorithm are better than Apple Music. Spotify saves a step because when you tap on a song in the search suggestions it starts playing unlike Apple Music. Both apps allow you to edit the queue of the current songs or playlist. Spotify’s Shuffle is pretty bad. It tends to play more songs by artists you listen to a lot or have a lot of songs saved by them. Apple has a way better, more random, Shuffle. On Spotify I like how you can hold down on a song to preview it. Spotify also has convenient ways to add songs to the queue or save to your library by swiping left or right on a song.

Which is the best music streaming service right now? Spotify or Apple Music? I’m staying with Spotify as my premium music streaming service for the time being. I just prefer Spotify’s features and user experience more than Apple Music.

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Adub Johnson says:

lmao I pay for both..

owen daboss says:

I only like Spotify more cause it’s free

älä tule says:

WTF who uses shuffle if you have spotify premium

Ivan Cruz says:

i laughed when he said tidal. oh god. but why didn’t you also include tidal?

IncomingBrickfilms says:

Apple music has changed a bit with the new IOS. You can now share music and playlists with friends

Sam Buck says:

Spotify student gives you Hulu for free.

Rafael Pastrano-Espinoza says:

Well produced, very informative, and high quality video. thumbs up my friend!

Tomb says:

save $20 a year, big whoop

yussuf mohammed says:

I love the color of your room,and the lighting.
nice video btw.

Cons Lorenzo says:

Apple Music, no debate.

Patrick Tuohy says:

Apple music is garbage, you sign up for it and anything you have in itunes moves to Apple music and causes nothing but a pain in the arse

Sam Beahan says:

who needs more than 10,000 songs!!!

Shrekling - 2 Community Guideline Strikes says:

I just illeaglly download this shit

Adam Henderson says:

Apple has an advantage in song limits in two ways.

One, the library limit is much larger. Spotify also has no plans to change their 10,000 limit any time soon.

Two, Apple allows you to download as many songs to your device that your hard drive can hold. Spotify limits you to 3,333 songs per device. My iPhone currently has 13,000 songs (my entire library currently) downloaded for offline streaming, and it’s amazing. You can even set up Apple Music to automatically download added songs and albums for offline use.

I only download songs when I’m on WiFi, and I don’t use any of my data when I’m listening to my library unless I add something when I’m not connected to WiFi. It’s nice having access to every single song in my library when I’m on a plane, or out in the mountains with no cell service instead of just a third of my library.

As far as taxes go, it will depend on your state whether it should be taxed or not. However, in most states, if you don’t pay a sales tax and you’re supposed to, like here in Tennessee, you still owe Use Tax to the state. Will they come after you for not paying $0.60 a month on your Spotify service? Probably not, but you still technically owe that money.

Caleb Meyerrr says:

10000 is way too low? Am I the only nigga who’d never have the time to add all that shit together?

Sergio Sutti says:


Hammy says:

Hey man ! nice video 🙂 but some features came to apple music in iOS 11. Like there was the lack of community playlist etc. , now you can follow other people, friends , listen to their music, playlist. but still nice video 😀 i personaly use apple music cuz i only have apple products and i love the connect and smoothness between them 🙂

Blue 16 says:

Spotify by far paired with the freedom of android, i have free premium features (high quality streaming, unlimited skips, play music on demand, no ads) forever at no cost per month.

Cooper says:

Having been on apple music for about a year and a half I couldn’t be happier. I was on spotify for about a year before, but apple gives me way more customization by being able to put unique music on itunes and playlists. This has become less of a problem for spotify lately, but Apple has always had more exclusive release access.

Daniel Deutsch says:

Bruh you look like ned from buzzfeed…

teamaker Fox says:

This was 2 months ago and spotify at that time had better deals and places then what was shown.

Hong Soonki says:

Higher bit rate doesn’t necessarily mean better sound quality!!

älä tule says:

I feel like spotify has better music

arinetic says:

I like spotify as a web player and app, so I use spotify free on my computer, but I pay for apple music because Apple Music pays their artists nearly double per play of what Spotify does. As an artist myself, I value artists getting due compensation for their work since I know the music business is such a ruthless environment. So I’d gladly take some features that I’m somewhat less than happy with over artists being paid less anyday.

Eugene Rider says:

In China, music stream services are free of charge. Many apps offer high quality, standard 320 kbps and high lossless music to listen to.

But they are not exactly regulated, so kind of illegal in a way or two. But well, the benefits of this is that they have much much more resources than people in NA and can listen to whatever they want for free.

Anthony Titone says:

6:30 or u can just download the genius app?

Christian Taylor says:

Yeah man! Spotify rules. I had it for years before I switched to YouTube Red.

Brandon Chastain says:

Agreed on the UI advantages Spotify has. Spotify feels better to use all-around. User experience-wise, swipe-to-queue is a game changer.

TLL555 says:

I think it would help spotify to talk about the PC client (and maybe Mac client if it has one) since it has fewer restricted features when not paying for a subscription

Anthony Titone says:

9:20 u can share an Apple Music playlist too

Eden Peek says:

Apple music

Shrekling - 2 Community Guideline Strikes says:

I prefer just going at DatPiff or the Russian site VK to ilegally download it

Rich Forever says:

Spotify all the way because the Android app for Apple music is pathetic. It was in beta for over a year.. hell it still might be in beta. It’s laggy, slow and I don’t see why apple even bothered

K BH says:

Ooooor just download the music you like, put it on your iPod/phone, and keep it forever. No data usage required, no maxing out song list caps, no subscription fees, no worrying about whether your favourite artist is on the service. This music streaming fad makes no sense to me. Don’t need the algorithms of massive corporations to curate my music. I’ll do that myself, thank you very much.

Onion Blaster says:

very well done video. Spotify has a bigger learning curve, but it pays off in the end (and i’m an iPhone user).

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