Which Streaming Service Is Worth Your Money: Spotify or Apple Music?
Entertainment| | By Giselle Maronilla
Long gone are the lazy afternoons spent in vinyl stores. Bon voyage to $30 records and friend-made cassette mixtapes. It’s the 21st century, and consumers have decided that they want music that is both affordable and digitally accessible. Thanks to streaming ‘Goliaths’ Spotify and Apple Music, listeners of all backgrounds can get exactly that. When it comes to choosing between the two digital music services, customers may have a hard time discerning which is the better app, since they both seem to operate in similar fashion. However, after juxtaposing the two, Spotify proves to be the better service worth your ten bucks. Here’s why.
Library Collection: Apple MusicSpotify boasts a library of over 30 million songs. From Kendrick Lamar to Aretha Franklin, the list of artists on Spotify’s map is extensive and growing, with over 20,000 additional songs added each day. However, when it comes to working with artists and labels, Apple Music is first class. Hosting over 40 million tracks, in addition to exclusive signings with popular artists, the tech company is leagues ahead. Despite the lead, Spotify is gaining ground — having recently integrated Taylor Swift and The Beatles into its store. Still, Apple Music holds the title for largest music library — for now.
Playlist Relativity: Spotify
Sometimes hitting “shuffle” on your playlist just doesn’t do your ears justice. When it comes to discovering new music, no one is a better artificial DJ than Spotify. From pre-existing lists such as Release Radar, New Music Friday, Monday’s, to personalized Weekly mixes — Spotify keeps the friend-to-friend-mixtape act alive. While Apple Music also curates playlists, the process of amalgamation requires work from the listener, who must manually indicate genre and artist preferences on the app. On the other hand, Spotify’s algorithm studies one’s listening habits in order to extract and compile relatable tracks. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the sound of music, without ever opening your phone every three minutes to ‘love’ or ‘dislike’ each track.
Exclusive Features: SpotifyApple Music holds a pack of neat features that not even Spotify can attain. From exclusive Siri integration and an Alarm clock component, to a connect function for performer and fan interaction — the streaming service is unique in that it highly benefits iOS users and closes the gap between producer and consumer. Be that as it may, Spotify’s link to Facebook, the largest social media platform to date, allows it to operate not just as a specialized streaming service, but moreover as a social platform itself. Gifting the user with the option to network, follow, and share music with Facebook friends, and of course other Spotify members, the music giant creates and caters to a community of music lovers. Woven into the human experience, a tight community is the ideal agent for growth and sustainability; thus Spotify has hit the nail on the head with this one.
The winner streaming service: Spotify 2, Apple Music 1Spotify’s growing library, pitch perfect playlists, and fan-to-fan social network attest to its superiority over Apple Music. Frankly, for just $9.99 a month, the premium membership is a steal.
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