Firstly, a simple answer for anyone who is already in Spotify or Apple Music: if you have one that you like, you are not missing. Both are excellent at what they do, but nobody has the essential characteristics. But if you are a tie or go free for free tests, here you can choose which money.
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If you have your own files to listen to, you get Apple Music
I have Apple Music for one particular reason: it's the easiest service to use if you have bootlegs, personal mixes, music that you can not find on the streaming service but want to listen to.
For example, I have a CD from this series, called FabricLive (these are the great DJs from this club in London). These albums have modified versions of copyrighted tracks, which is difficult to delete. To download a copy I use iTunes and a CD drive from my 2011 MacBook Air, and then I can access it from my phone. (You can do the same on Spotify, but this includes a terrific import process, but the result does not seem to be correct).
If you frequently search for devices, go to Spotify
My biggest complaint about excellent Apple Music is that while iTunes you can playing music, just like five years ago. Spotify, on the other hand, has an excellent desktop application that you can use to control remote speakers. For example, from my table at Popular Mechanics, I can start playing Echo Dot and the Bluetooth speaker in my house, which is in a different state. You can even play from the web browser interface.
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Apple Music on iTunes works. Just not as flawless as Spotify.
If you want to find vague things, go to Apple Music
Spotify says she has "30 million plus" songs. Apple says it has "40 million." In practice, this deviation will occur each time an Apple Music artist has another album like Spotify or access to some exclusive live streams. But the opposite can be true. What we are saying, no one will provide maximum access and there is always the possibility of relocating availability.
Apple sometimes gets early releases before they hit Spotify. Artists such as Drake and Frank Ocean have already made arrangements with Apple before, but they will probably have more to follow. So if you need to hear a new release when it comes out, Apple Music is more likely to be the first one.
If you want a human choice, go to Apple Music
Another thing Apple has to do is Spotify: it's a real radio station. I was among the first of my friends to find great new songs because I heard them on Beats. 1. Apple Music also has radio shows for artists such as Run the Jewels, and genre or ten-year-old stations such as Hip Hop and the 80s. Spotify also has playlists, but its radio is limited to similar song algorithms.
This said that Spotify's Weekly function for algorithms is certainly fantastic. I did not find anything in Apple Music, which does the same thing as a list of detected weekly releases.
If you are using Alexo, go to Spotify
I often play Apple Music from my phone on my Sonos One speakers that use AirPlay. As long as my phone and speakers are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can control them. But if you want to use Alexo to call your music choices, Apple Music will not work smoothly. Spotify simply plays better with Echo, and as long as Apple sells HomePod, I do not expect the company to work well with Amazon's speakers.
Sound Quality Note
Both Spotify and Apple Music use similar bitrates for their music, and the result is that all but serious listeners with impressive equipment will have difficulty observing the difference between the two services.
I do not know any dissatisfied Spotify clients, so I recommend to anyone who is trying to decide. The service can have any song that most customers want, an intuitive navigation system, Discover Weekly and compatibility with Alexa devices. But I'm always returning to Apple Music for reasons that only geeks really want to: access a few more tracks, Beats 1 and other radio stations with people who find your music, and allows me to place my bootlegs in my library.
April 5, 2021