Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which one is for you

Spotify and Apple Music are two of the most popular music streaming services available right now. If you’re looking to subscribe to either one, here are some things you should know about the two platforms.

Each platform has its own strengths. Spotify, for instance, has the better interface. Meanwhile, if you’re heavily into the Apple ecosystem (iPhone, iPad, Macbook, etc.), then Apple Music makes more sense.

In terms of music, Apple Music claims it has “over 100 million” songs on its platform, compared to Spotify’s “over 80 million.” The latter also has around 2.6 million podcast titles in the mix. Apple has a separate app for podcasts. Also, Spotify has integrated audiobooks into their platform, but it’s only available in the US at the moment.

Meanwhile, in terms of audio quality, Spotify goes all the way up to 320 kbps on very high setting. There’s been buzz about a HiFi tier, but its still not available at the time of this article. Apple Music, on the other hand, offers lossless audio and Spatial Audio in all their standard plans.

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Here are some other differences between Spotify and Apple Music.

SpotifyApple Music
PlansMore diverse with Mini, Individual, Duo, Family, Student, and a free optionOnly has three – Student, Individual, Family
Audio Quality> Up to 160kbits/s on free
> Up to 320kbits/s on Premium
> Up To Lossless Audio 24-bit/48 kHz
> Up to Hi-Res Lossless Audio 24-bit/192 kHz
> Spatial Audio
App AvailabilityAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS
PlaybackApp, browser, gaming consoles, Android Auto, Apple CarPlayApp, browser, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
OthersAlso available on gaming consolesApple ecosystem

The difference in prices of the Premium Plans for both services are close to each other, and pretty much negligible in my opinion. Take a look at the comparison table below.

PlansSpotifyApple Music
Mini₱7 /dayNA

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Spotify and Apple Music’s offerings have their own pros and cons. Whichever is best for you will entirely depend on what you’re more comfortable with and what music you’re into.

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Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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