Apple Music has been working on iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2 for a month, and “millions and millions” are subscribing to this new streaming music service. The traditional music streaming services, Spotify, Pandora and more, may be losing users at present. But three months later, whether people will pay for Apple Music still depends, after all, Apple Music isn’t the exclusive user-friendly music service.
When it comes to the comparison between Apple Music and Spotify, people will firstly take it for granted that Apple Music is somewhat a copycat of Spotify. But honestly not. Apple Music has an amazing introducing interface, and those bubbles make the interface clear and cute, in case that you haven’t subscribed to Apple Music yet, this post Everything We Know About Apple Music may provide you some help. This is very different from what is like on Spotify. When people use Spotify for the first time, they will need an ID to log in Spotify. People can sign up for Spotify or use Facebook account to log in. But in my test, I can’t log in Spotify client on my Windows 7 computer after clicking “Log in with Facebook”, it keeps telling me that the username or password is incorrect. Whoops! That’s not cool. Finally, I gave up signing in with Facebook and created a Spotify ID. Apple Music doesn’t come so complicate as it only needs your Apple ID, the one attached with your credit card or iTunes gift card, or you won’t be able to subscribe to Apple Music anyway. If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can start a three-month trial immediately.
Here comes the second difference between Spotify and Apple Music. After logging in Spotify on my computer, I can search or browse the music I want to listen to immediately. But in Apple Music, I need to choose the music genres and artists I like or deeply like at first, and then Apple Music pushes the albums and artists for me. This difference can be subtle because many people may want to enjoy the pleasure of searching for music, while others only need to find the music they like immediately.
After discovering the music you like, you can play the song or the whole album with ease. On this aspect, Spotify and Apple Music both do well. They provide high-quality music, Spotify 160 Kbps with free trial and Apple Music 256Kbps. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can enable High Quality Streaming on your client with 320 Kbps for music, while Apple Music keeps 256 Kbps. Spotify and Apple Music both allow users to play their local music files. Spotify has a “Local Files” option for users to load their songs and play; Apple Music, in iTunes of course, will merge the songs in your iTunes music library with the songs you get from Apple Music. Hmm, I’m not sure if that’s a good idea for Apple Music to do that, because users will need to enable iCloud Music Library to add the songs from Apple Music to iTunes Music Library, and many users have complained that iCloud Music will overwrite the local songs with DRM.
The third difference comes on the Offline playing mode. In Spotify, users can enable the Offline Playback if they get the premium version, but in the three-month trial of Apple Music, the streaming music service provides an offline playback feature. Of course, when the subscription is done, the songs belonged to the streaming service will disappear from your playlists and music library.
Last but not least, the comparison of price between Spotify and Apple Music. If people want to subscribe to Spotify Premium, they need $0.99 for the first 3 months, and $9.99 per month afterwards; when people are going to subscribe to Apple Music, they have to pay $9.99 for every month, of course, they have a three-month free trial.
The differences between Spotify and Apple Music aren’t so obvious or big, it may mainly drops on the user interface and how the service treat our local files. If you have subscribed to Spotify before, you may not give another shot to Apple Music, although Apple Music provides a three-month trial, but after that, things may just come back to normal. Of course, you can record streaming audio files from Apple Music during the three-month trial so that you won’t lose the songs you have discovered for own enjoyment.