Spotify vs Apple Music vs Youtube Music
I have been a subscriber to music streaming services for years so I thought it my by useful to share my experience with all of them. Princing is not mentioned as it varies dramatically from one country to another.
I have been a subscriber for over 10 years and I can certainly say that it has a lot of advantages:
- Simplicity: Spotify is very easy to use, navigation and interface is very user friendly;
- Duo Subscription: easy to share with a family member or a loved one. There is also a family option but the duo is cheaper and sufficient in some cases;
- Discovery weekly just listening to your existing music is yesterday. Today, a good streaming service means a good discovery service where you can discover new songs to add to your playlists. In this regard Spotify was generally very good. I say was because lately I wasn't really getting high quality suggestions as I did in the past. This might have to do with my declined usage or algorythm deterioration 😅
- No videos
- Discovery not as good as it used to be
- Audio quality is very high but not lossless as in Apple Music
I have been an Apple Music user for probably the very beginning, 18+ years ago. This was before there was a subscription system in place and this is how things get a bit complicated. If you bought songs before the streaming system you still find them in you library and, overall, makes the experience pretty confusing.
Pros: - Audio Quality: with a lot of songs in lossless quality look no further for the best in terms of audio quality. - Integration: If you are an Apple user Apple Music is very well integrated with all devices (Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, Mac etc.) which could be a big plus
- User Interface : Somehow I found the user interface to be less clean than Spotify and Youtube Music. It has certainly improved and is difficult to pin point what I dislike but one big plus is that I don't seem to see a simple way to like a song with 👍 or ❤️ and find it automatically in a separate playlist (not just in the media library). I also don't think the "dislike" song does anything.
- Confusing if you bought songs beside the fact that you probably wasted your money if you did 😅 (OK for me it was long ago, but today you have no reason to "buy" songs which is anyway not really like buying them) I found the songs persistently appearing in the library together with the streamed songs confusing.
Youtube Music 📺🥇
For years I resisted the idea to buy a Youtube premium subscription. I didn't watch youtube that much but, lately, I enjoy watching some videos and on Apple TV the advertising is just too much. I subscribed and I think it was worth every penny! As a free add-on to Youtube premium you also get..Youtube Music. Well, this is just fantastic because it has something no other service has: music videos!!
If like me you are part of the MTV generation you know what it means. The magic to see and listen to music videos is just unbeatable.
- Videos Yes! I love music videos and if you listen to music via Apple TV or TV you will "see" a huge difference. Gone are the boring album photos: you can enjoy music videos! Not all songs have one but many do.
- User Interface Simple, fresh and smart. Just 👍 a song and find it in its dedicated playlist. Perfect.
- Free add-on to Youtube premium You don't pay an extra feee so if you have Youtube premium, you have music too.
- Good integration on your mobile you have a separate app but, on the Apple TV app, you do have just a separate tab for music.
- Discovery and mixes The songs discovery seems well curated and the mixes too.
Reverts back to audio only if there is no Music video If you select music video and the next song in your playlist has none, you need to re-enable again else it will stick to audio only. e.g. in your Playlist Song 1 has a music video (all good, video plays) Song 2 has no video (audio only plays), Song 3 has a music video BUT it won't switch back to video without your intervention. This is a pretty annoying bug (a bit of a workaround, I am adding to certain playlists only songs that have a music video).
- Audio quality max 256 kbps AAC Spotify offers an higher rate of 320 kbps but I doubt you can notice any different with bluetooth headphones or even less on a tv. Apple Music offers 16-bit/44.1kHz, 24-bit/48kHz, and 24-bit/192kHz which is higher than Spotify.
For me the discovery and mix features are superior than Spotify and I just can't get enough of discovering music videos that are missing in both Spotify and Apple Music,