"Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which is right for you?"
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Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which is right for you?
Apple Music is the new kid on the streaming block, available on iOS, Mac, PC or Android later on this year, it's fashionably late compared to Spotify.
So which one is right for you?
Regardless of which one you choose, this is what you get if you pay for the services.
Custom playlists from albums or songs of your choosing.
Saving music so listening offline and recommendations.
For Apple Music you choose favorite artists and genres when you first start up the app.
For Spotify, it learns what you like from your listening habits.
But if you want to separate them.
See what's different.
First up what's does the free service get you?
Apple Music lets you listen to radio stations, including the Beats One service but with ads.
Or you can listen to your own music from your existing iTunes library.
What if I give you full access to on-demand screening with ads every couple of songs on desktop or shuffle play streaming on mobile apps?
Now on to special features.
Apple Music has Siri voice commands so you can do cool things like this.
Play the theme song from Frozen.
Spotify's mobile app has running, a feature that find the pace you run at and selects music to fit.
Start running to detect tempo.
190 steps per minute.
As for the interface, Apple Music definitely has a few useability quirks.
Searching for music could be more intuitive.
And navigating back to select an option you were previously on can be confusing.
Spotify certainly isn't perfect, but at least you can swipe from the left side of the screen to bring up your main sidebar.
The catalog is also slightly different between the services.
Both have around 30 million songs, but Apple Music gets Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre's album The Chronic.
Neither have the full Beatles catalog yet.
But if you still can't decide, you can sign up for the free trials of either service and take them for a spin.
I would love to know what you think.
If Apple Music floats your boat or if Spotify is more your jam you can find me on Twitter @lexysavvides.
And check out the full comparison of Spotify versus Apple Music at cnet.com.
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