Apple Music vs Spotify vs Other Music Streaming Services

Discussion in 'Apple Music' started by Bemhr, Feb 27, 2016.

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Which one do you use right now?

  1. Apple Music

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  2. Spotify

    77.1%
  1. madmax168

    madmax168 Active Member

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    Spotify is way cheaper than Apple Music and Spotify is faster to include newer songs (well for the songs I'm looking for that is) than Apple Music. Also Spotify works well with non Apple devices too
     
  2. nurse_corrupted

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    On 3 month trial for Apple Music. I just want iTunes to manage all my music. Will assess once trial is over. On a family plan by the way.
     
  3. fcdiesta

    fcdiesta PhilMUG Addict Member

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    For me, Apple Music always stops playing midway through a track that I downloaded directly from iTunes (not an iTunes Matched song). And I have trouble making it start playing again. I know my data connection is not the culprit since Spotify never stops like that for me. I don't want to be fiddling with my phone just to be able to enjoy music, so it's Spotify for me, hands down.
     
  4. rbenzon

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    I just did an A/B comparison between Spotify Premium and Tidal. No contest in sound quality—Tidal wins.

    But for the money (P129/month), Spotify remains a no-brainer. Tidal makes better sense for those with hi-fi/head-fi gear, and sufficient bandwidth. Tidal's monthly subscription ($19.99) is more expensive than Spotify, but "nothing" compared to what some spend on new vinyl records ($15-$40 per album) or their "sound systems".

    I stopped using Apple Music because iTunes is a mess. And there's little point for me to synchronize my offline and Purchased library because Tidal has them all, and in better quality. Purchased iTunes music were, at best, 240kbps AACs, not redbook (CD) quality.

    And for those who stepped up to Tidal, check out Roon—it's everything the iTunes desktop app should've been, not the sucky UX bloatware it is today.

    FWIW, Tidal only requires that the subscription be made in a country where Tidal is available. After that, Tidal can be heard anywhere, without VPN—that's my experience, anyway.
     
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    ice PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Just switched to Apple Music (from Spotify) over the weekend...

    My wife and daughter loves it over Spotify...

    According to my daughter, Spotify has a poor library of K-Pop and Local (Singaporean) artists. Plus Taylor Swift is missing.

    Wife just loves the available playlists of Apple Music compared to Spotify.

    Both their devices used my Apple ID, it was a pain switching from my ID to their specific IDs!

    From an Android user's point of view, Apple Music doesn't allow me to play Pokemon Go while listening to music (I can do this with Google Play Music)

    Once Pokemon Go runs, music will stop (notmal) but I can hit play again at the notification panel.

    With Apple Music, once the music stops, I will also loose it from the notification panel.
     
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    AM has improved a lot! I initially got the 3-month trial back when it was launched and did not like the iOS9 interface. Now I LOVE their curated playlist.

    Family members also had the same thought as @ice's wife and daugther, more K-POP and Taylor swift (LOL).

    I also appreciate that AM is trying to push international acts better than Spotify does to the point of even including them in Top Hits playlist(s).
     
  7. john edward

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    Been on Spotify for a long time. But after hearing better quality from a.music I'm thinking of switching. Details are just there!

    How much are both now? I don't even know how much I'm paying Spotify.
     
  8. macjobber

    macjobber PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Once you've heard the same album from both Apple Music and Spotify, you will really the big difference in terms of audio quality.


     
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    I just switched to Apple Music. There's no other reason aside from me wanting to just use Apple services. So far, so good. Back when I still had the trial, I found the interface confusing, but now that I've been using it for a week, I prefer it now more than Spotify. Favorite part is the radio stations that they have preset. I get good recommendations from those stations.
     
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    Pandora! it chooses better songs than my spotify premium. can’t switch to pandora premium coz I have “dependents” on my family account in spotify. but i find myself using pandora more and more (and im just using a pandora free account!)

    Haven’t tried Apple Music..but might give the free trial a go.
     
  11. textguru

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    I agree... subscribed to Spotify Family, my wife and kids have their own playlist... for their Apple and Android OS.
     
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    You have the option to change the Music Quality in Spotify. There's normal, high & extreme. The latter is almost CD quality, all are compressed formats (Ogg Vorbis) while Apple Music has the fixed 256kbps AAC format which is also a compressed format but almost CD quality like.

    not sure if the average listener can distinguish which sounds better at this point especially if one is just listening to the app in the office or inside a moving car.

    I have to admit AM seems to have the bigger library.. but at 10$ per month, still too much & I still prefer Spotify's simpler user interface. I still download stuff from iTunes so I guess that's my compromise for now. :)
     
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    Mm..tidal hifi for me all the way. Streams to all my devices, from smartphones and car audio for casual listening to music servers (Cocktail Audio X40) for more serious listening sessions. Mainstream users do not need it but if you are invested in quality audio equipment, be it speakers or headphones, the service is dirt-cheap (usd 20.00 per month) and a no-brainer. I used to buy 2 to 3 CDs a month at usd 10 to 19 a pop. Now, what the hell for?
     
  14. rbenzon

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    Me too—except Spotify has better playlists.

    Not anymore! A friend told me about Soundiiz, which lets users transfer playlists, albums, artists, tracks from one streaming service to another!

    Now I can enjoy the richer playlists of Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and others, but using the hi-fi tracks of Tidal (and Spotify when using Waze)!

    Hallelujah!
     
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    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm..returning to CDs. Lol!

    Reason: Chord Blu Mk II. On my latest trip to HK, all I shopped for is CDs.

    So, what’s tidal? What’s spotify?


     
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    Used to be on Spotify Premium,Pandora Plus and Apple Music trial, but recently switched to Amazon Prime/ Music Unlimited. I find the library more extensive for 80’s and 90’s music, that’s why i decided to shift to this service.
     
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    I also like that Amazon adds any CD albums you bought from them to your music library.
     
  18. Dipp

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    a lot of options these days... all these labels/rights.. no choice but to try them all.

    On Spotify premium cause Amazon Prime is limited. Linked Spotify with Alexa to be able to "cross-play"
    Apple music because all my libraries are there [itunes match] and more reason to get a HomePod :D
     
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    I got an email with a free 1 month trial. I abandoned AM when they first launched, it was just buggy then and UI is confusing vs. Spotify's very straightforward UI. I've got to say, AM is about to win me over. I just feel that their curated playlists esp. Beats 1 (on demand/live) playlists are amazing. The song station is also on point, AM will give you new/similar music. Unlike Spotify where you are likely to just get more song from the same artist.
     
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    1 year with Apple Music...

    Daughter still loves it
    Wife prefers Spotify playlists... But (to her) Apple Music isn't bad

    Me... (Using it on an Android device) Spotify library is better (I guess for old songs, hahaha). App takes forever to get updated (I guess I'll need to wait for the next iOS version). Used the built-in equalizer of the app, sometimes it needs a second to settle the volume...
     

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