Nowadays, music is a daily necessity especially when music has been digitalized so that it can be accessed easily. We listen to music at home, in the office, on the train, or in any other location that the devices can connect to the internet. Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, and more, there is no lack of music streaming services these days. They are so vital not only to the industry but also to ordinary people like us. People sometimes switch from one to another just to find the one that suits them best. Here we’re going to compare Spotify to YouTube Music to see which one is worth your money, and there will be guides on how to move music playlists from Spotify to YouTube Music.
Part 1: Everything You Need to Know about Spotify and YouTube Music
Launched in 2015, YouTube Music is a serious competitor to Spotify and Apple Music. Formerly as Google Play Music, it’s reborn and ambitiously positioned to take over music streaming. To catch the users who heavily rely on YouTube and convert them to YouTube Music is an effective strategy. So how’s YouTube in comparison to Spotify? Just read on.
Pricing and Plan
First thing first, let’s talk about money. Just as any music streaming service, YouTube Music has paid subscription. The membership fee per month is $9.99, which is the same as Spotify Premium. However, if you want to sign up for YouTube Premium altogether, then the cost will be $12 per month, which is just $2 more and you can have the whole package of benefits of YouTube, including watching videos without ads, downloading, and playing videos in the background. So if you are a heavy YouTube user, then subscribing to YouTube Premium would be worth it, especially for the YouTube family membership which is $17.99 per month and you can share it with loved ones. Student offer is also available at $6.99 whereas it’s $4.99 for Spotify, which is cheap for both of them. Spotify offers different packages besides basic membership, such as duo and family as $12.99 and $14.99 respectively.
User Interface and Experience
Sometimes when you come across a song and want to know its name, Spotify didn’t offer the option for you to view your history but only available on the desktop app, whereas YouTube Music is much easier as the songs you’ve played are directly shown in the app. With Spotify, the artist view seems to be not convenient for users. As there are only top songs on the artist page, so it’ll be a bit tricky if you are looking for the less popular song of that artist. When it comes to YouTube Music, it’s much simpler, as the full song list is displayed on the artist page that you don’t have to dig deep to search.
(Left: Spotify; Right: YouTube Music)
The filter on YouTube Music is more intuitive to use when you want to narrow down the search that is restricted to songs, artists, playlists, etc. Spotify’s filter is counterintuitive and hidden so you have to scroll down and locate the options. However, Spotify is more convenient because it gives direct access to songs when searching. It’ll display the most popular search result while you type. Youtube requires an extra step, that is, you have to tap on the search suggestion to take you to the search results which is a bit unnecessary.
There is no doubt that music discovery is the most distinct feature of Spotify as it has been putting on a masterclass on its algorithm-based music discovery for a long time. Music discovery is important because eventually, you’ll run out of music with your music library. Spotify’s “Discover Weekly'' playlist is pretty good and has gone pseudo-viral that earned a good reputation. The 30-song list magically shows up each Monday and brings you a blend of music you’ll love. Spotify is also constantly pushing similar features that the home interface is brimming with themed playlists where you can find some more music. There is also a personalized recommendation based on your listening history.
In regards to YouTube Music, there is the equivalent called “You Mix”. which seems to be an endless playlist of music based on the algorithm of your listening habits. The "My Supermix '' playlist is a mix of your favorite genres while "My Mixes" is a specific style of music. If you like to listen to covers and live shows, YouTube allows you to browse videos and play them as songs, add to the playlist and even download them. It might be easier to find unpopular songs with Google’s offering than Spotify’s. What’s more, YouTube also lets you turn video into songs which is probably a very useful feature.
Connectivity & Integration
Spotify is compatible with most of the Wi-Fi speakers but it’s not the case for YouTube Music. It’s said that brands such as Sonos and Bose are hard or maybe not able to connect to YouTube. Both music services offer their own extension to control media, respectively as Google Cast and Spotify Connect. However, Spotify connect is much easier to use and the music plays instantly on the speaker, while it’s slower for Google cast to build the connection, hence, the song cuts for a few seconds when transferring from phone to speaker. If you want to control music from other devices, Spotify allows you to control music from a phone, tablet, or computer because of the seamless sync of devices. However, this is hardly possible for YouTube Music because the app simply separates the sessions.
When it comes to Podcasts, Spotify gets the nod. It seems the company has been making big efforts to push podcasts recently by dropping serious cash. Spotify itself has already had a large number of podcasts and it’s worth noting that it also offers some exclusive podcasts to the service including Joe Rogan, Kim Kardashian, and Michelle Obama, etc. If you are a regular podcast user, then this is something to be aware of. However, podcasts are not part of YouTube Premium, which means you have to turn to the individual app called Google Podcasts that costs extra money.
Spotify offers audiobooks and they have just been added to the collection as part of the public domain at no extra cost to listen to currently. Go search “audiobooks'' from the home page search box. Scroll down then you’ll see a slew of artists, albums, and playlists. You can find the audiobook playlist at the bottom of the search results under “songs.” Spotify might consider making audiobooks a more largely supported feature. When it comes to YouTube Music, the usability seems quite limited. YouTube does offer some audiobooks on the platform but sadly they merely appear as albums and each chapter is tagged as a song. So the winner is Spotify here when speaking of audiobooks.
(Left: Spotify; Right: YouTube Music)
So which one is right for you? It really depends on your needs. If you have been using YouTube a lot, then getting YouTube premium seems to be a good value as you get the whole benefits of the platform. If you are a music lover that prefers to explore more on music listening, then you probably should go to Spotify as its music discovery feature is powerful enough to get you covered, plus the podcasts are more complete than YouTube Music.
Part 2: Music Playlist from Spotify to YouTube Music with TunemyMusic
In case you want to dip into YouTube Music while keeping your Spotify music playlist, there's a way to transfer it directly without cost. TuneMyMusic is a completely free service that can help transfer music playlists in batches between designated music streaming services. The process is pretty easy and quick, and there is no limitation on the playlists you want to transfer with TuneMyMusic, except for YouTube itself is restricted to ten playlists per day. TunemyMusic currently supports plenty of music services such as Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, YouTube, and many more. Here’s how to transfer a music playlist from Spotify to YouTube Music with four simple steps.
- 1.Select the source. Here you may choose Spotify as the source platform; log in with your Spotify account to proceed.
- 2.Select playlist to move. You can paste the Spotify playlist link or select multiple lists by clicking Load from Spotify.
- 3.Select YouTube as the destination. You will be required to log in with your YouTube account here.
- 4.Click Start to transfer your music lists and it only takes a few seconds to finish. The transfer is no-brainer for playlists moving from Spotify to YouTube Music.
Part 3: Music Data from Spotify to YouTube Music with Soundiiz
Soundiiz is also capable of moving music lists between different platforms, from Apple Music to Spotify, TIDAL, YouTube Music, Deezer, and more. Unlike TuneMyMusic, you will need to have an account with Soundiiz before everything else, or you can just log in with Facebook or Google and you’ll be directed to the Web app to proceed, as the screenshot below. Here’s the simple guide on how to make music data transfer from Spotify to YouTube Music.
- 1.Click on the left panel of the interface to select Spotify as the source, and you’ll be required to login with your Spotify account to connect to Soundiiz. You’ll see all your Spotify playlists displayed on the right panel.
- 2.Select YouTube Music as the destination service and log in with your YouTube account. Your YouTube playlists will be displayed if you have any.
- 3.Check the corresponding box on the left of the Spotify playlists you want to transfer and click “Synchronize” on the left panel.
- 4.A pop-up window will walk you through the transfer. Click YouTube as the destination again to confirm the transfer. Moving data from Spotify to YouTube Music just takes a few seconds with Soundiiz.
Part 4: Music Data from Spotify to YouTube Music with Leawo Prof. DRM
The methods aforementioned are completely free service, yet you’ll be required to have a smooth internet to make the transfer. The transfer is only limited to the music services that TuneMyMusic and Soundiiz support. If you want to move your music playlists to devices without music streaming services then they don’t seem to be able to help you. Moreover, if you are on a subscription-based membership, there’s no way you can keep the playlists forever after the subscription is canceled even if you have moved them. They’ll be gone on all the music streaming services afterward because the DRM(Digital rights management) encrypted upon them. The perfect way to keep your music playlists is to download them and save them as local music files for future playback.
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Step 1: Step 1: Locate Spotify Converter
Launch Leawo Prof. DRM and click the "Spotify Converter" icon.
Step 2: Step 2: Add Spotify Music
You can click “Add files” to add songs, albums, or playlists or simply drag and drop.
Or you can do copy and paste. Find the URL of the Spotify playlist, and paste it into this Spotify music downloader if you are using the Spotify web version.
Step 3: Step 3: Set Output Format and Audio Quality
After Spotify music is loaded, you can click the pencil icon on the right of the song title to set the output format and audio parameters. You are free to choose any audio formats available as you like and set the Channel, Sample Rate, and Bit Rate. When all are set, click the "Apply to All" or "Apply to current" that suits you.
Step 4: Step 4: Set Output Directory
Look for the “...” at the bottom of the panel and click it, this is where you can set the output directory to proceed. Make sure the target disk drive has enough space.
Step 5: Step 5: Download Spotify Music
Press the blue button "Convert" on the bottom right to start removing DRM of Spotify music and downloading it to your local drive.
You can check the process of DRM removal ad download on the panel. When the conversion and download are finished, just click the “Converted” to find all your downloaded Spotify music.
Switching from Spotify to YouTube Music is very easy. With Leawo Prof. DRM, you can successfully save the Spotify music playlists and move them to YouTube. All you have to do is add the local music files to the YouTube app directly. The music playlists have been removed from DRM so you can freely transfer them to any music streaming app or device.