Which is better – Apple Music or Spotify?

There are plenty of music players for iOS but only two of them really stands out, Apple Music and Spotify. Spotify has millions of users globally than any other music App but Apple is also making progress as it is friendly with the iOS system. It is hard to decide which app, user need to know as much information about it as possible so they can decide which app to use for streaming. In this article, we will help you decide which Application is better for your Android and iPhone.

Apple Music VS Spotify

Here’s a comparison of these two

Spotify and Apple Music Comparison

Streaming Quality

Spotify uses the Ogg Vorbis format and lets the user to decide bitrate depending on what you’re listening. You can choose stream in Low (24 kbit/s), Normal (96 kbit/s), High (160 kbit/s) or Very High (320 kbit/s) quality.

Spotify Music

While Apple Music streams 256kb/s AAC files.

Most the user can’t tell the difference between the sound qualities played on Apple Music or Spotify but Spotify lets you choose the bitrate which comes handy while using cellular data.

Subscription Fees

Apple Music and Spotify Premium, Tidal Premium, Pandora’s on-demand service, and every other on-demand subscription service costs $10 per month. Spotify is the only App which offers free, ad-supported tier so even if you don’t want to pay for the premium, you can still listen to songs.

While Apple Music only lets free users stream Beats1 Radio, or you can listen to songs from your iTunes library.

Library and Music Section

Apple Music has the largest library with 50 million tunes while Spotify has 40 million which makes Apple Music the winner here. Both the apps offer early music for some albums and Apple Music sometimes offer exclusives for certain music videos.

Apple Music

You can even access your personal library across the devices by logging in your iCloud for Apple Music. This feature matches songs from your library on the App and the App do not have the song, it uploads the music on your App. You can easily play it on your other devices by simply logging in to your App. You can store up to 100,000 songs.

Apple Music Pros

  • Seamless integration with Apple’s eco-system
  • Beats live radio and archive
  • Human-curated recommendations
  • Social features
  • Support for uploading/matching your own music files
  • Works natively with Home Po

Spotify Pros

  • More than 35 million music tracks
  • Unlimited streaming opportunity
  • Compatible with all major mobile and desktop platforms
  • Offers cool social networking tools
  • Several plans to choose from
  • Listen offline
  • 30-day free trial (premium plan)
  • User-friendly interface


Both the Apps have pros and cons and we can try for three months without investing much.

If you have to choose between the two apps, go for Spotify though it lacks live music of Beats 1, but playlists and algorithmic radio options more than makeup for it. Moreover, its more intuitive interface, podcast and concert integration, unique video content, and excellent sound quality make it the music service to beat right now. While Apple Music has made some serious advances, for our money, Spotify still reigns supreme.


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