Smackdown: Apple Music vs. Spotify
Which music streaming app deserves a download?
(SPOT.ph) Remember the days of lugging around a heavy boombox or a case full of CDs wherever you went? Thank goodness those days are over. Technology has evolved a lot since then, and now we have easy access to an entire library of music at our fingertips. No, we're not just talking about the iPod and MP3 players. These days, it's all about music streaming.
By now, you've probably already gotten your hands on Spotify, but Apple Music is already turning out to be a streaming heavyweight. (We hear they have about 11 million subscribers after just five weeks.)
We're not tech experts by any means, so consider this as a quick and simple lowdown of what you need to know. It's a smackdown!
|Music library||Launched on June 30, Apple Music says they boast a library of 30 million songs. This, and it lets you import your entire Apple music library. Plus, you can shake it off to Taylor Swift's 1989.||
Spotify says they have over 30 million songs in their catalog. You can also add music files from your computer to playlists alongside streaming tracks.
|Is it free?||First-time subscribers get a free trial for three months.||
Yes, with intermittent ads. You can also try Spotify Premium for up to two months.
Once your free trial expires, you will need to pay U.S. $2,99/month (about P139/month) for a Single Membership in the Philippines.
They also offer a Family Membership (about P230/month), which allows up to six people to share their music libraries with each other.
For Premium subscribers, you need to pay P129/month. Spotify also has monthly promos with Globe.
Spotify Family lets you add up to four people, which means a Premium account for everyone! Rates vary depending on how many people, but you get 50% off each extra account.
|My data plan expired! Can I listen offline?||You can save songs, albums, and playlists for offline use...provided you sign up as a member.||
You can save songs, albums, and playlists for offline use...provided you're a Premium subscriber.
|Playlists||Create your own or choose from playlists by publications like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and more. Playlists are also made by Apple's music editors.||You betcha! They have over 1.5 billion playlists tailored by staff and users to suit your preferred mood, genre, and more.
|App availability||iOS, Mac, and Windows. It will be available on Android this year.||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PlayStation 3 and up.|
Apple Music has radio stations which offer music based on genre, but it reportedly has been experiencing technical issues.
They also have a live, 24/7 global radio station called Beats 1.
|No live radio here, but their stations are pretty stable. You can create "endless" stations based on artists, genres, songs, playlists, or albums.|
|Is sharing caring?||It's pretty basic. You can only share an album, playlist, or artist via email, text, Twitter, and Facebook.||
Spotify lets you share to your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr feeds, e-mail, text, WhatsApp, and Google Hangouts (if you're into that sort of thing).
It also lets you "follow friends" so you can see whatever they're listening to. Plus, there's a chat window!
Winner: It's still pretty early in the game for Apple Music and while they have some cool features, there are some that they can improve on. The winner, for now, is Spotify (and its reliable playlists).