Apple Music v Spotify – which should you choose?

Apple Music v SpotifyThe music streaming battle has begun. Apple announced Apple Music this week and then followed this with a new iOS 8 update incorporating their new music streaming service. Everyone knows that when Apple does something, they do it with style. But style aside, are there many other reasons to switch from Spotify?

Here’s my take on the Apple Music v Spotify battle.

Apple Music v Spotify comparison

Apple Music Spotify
Available for free Yes Yes
Paid cost $9.99 per month $9.99 per month
Paid trial period 3 months 3 months for $0.99 or 1 month free
Number of songs 30 million + 30 million +
Family sharing $14.99 per month for 6 users $5 extra per additional user
Offline playback Yes on paid subscription Yes on paid subscription
Apple and Android Yes Yes
Built-in radio Yes – DJ led Yes – algorithm
Tailored recommendations Yes Yes
Quality 256kbps 320kbps
Free mobile skips Yes, 6 Yes, 6

As you can see from the table above, there really isn’t much to choose between when it comes to Apple Music versus Spotify. Although, and this really could be the deal breaker for many people – Apple Music have got Taylor Swift and Spotify haven’t. A good enough reason for many to cancel their Spotify subscription and switch immediately, I am sure you’ll agree.

Can you transfer music from Spotify to Apple Music?

I’m afraid not. You can transfer from Beats Music to Apple Music, but at present there is no way to transfer playlists from Spotify to Apple Music. And this may be a reason why many won’t be switching any time soon. But, I am sure that Apple will release a tool to do so in the very near feature, if they think it is stopping them from taking Spotify users.

Apple Music v Spotify – verdict

So, to summarise, there is nothing much between the services. As with most Apple, it is slick and stylish, but Spotify isn’t too bad on this front and it is countered by the fact that I can play Spotify through my TV set-top box.

If you aren’t a Spotify member then you can choose either. As a Spotify Premium user with a whole bunch of playlists already set up, I won’t be moving to Apple Music any time soon. I am very happy with Spotify and there is nothing in Apple Music that is going to convince me to switch yet.

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