Apple Music vs. Spotify
Apple Music vs. Spotify
5:18

Apple Music vs. Spotify

Digital Media
[MUSIC] What's up, Prize Fight fan? I'm Brian Tong, and hold onto your butts for the best streaming music service battle. It's a throwdown showdown between Apple Music and Spotify. The judge and the jury for this fight is you-know-who. Ring-a-ling-a-ding Tong. There will be no scoring in this fight, but I'll decide a winner for each round. The final Prize Fight king of the ring will be the competitor with the most rounds one. Let's get it on. Round one is Design and UI. Apple's known for the Cleanest and minimalist design in the world, but that's not the case with Apple music, it's a visual overload with album art galore, different themes and graphics and a navigation bar that's always there, that almost looks like five different apps in one, with for you, new music, radio, connect, and my music, it's really a mess. Now Spotify takes a cleaner approach, with the navigation bar on the side. That makes the overall app look cleaner. It's main home screen features chart-toppers, new releases, and a list of icons for different genres. That's straightforward, but I wish there was a faster way to have my playlists right on the main screen. Both apps feature the song bar that you tap to expand and swipe down to put it away, but it only offers Play and pause control unless you expand it. Overall, Spotify keeps it simpler and takes this first round. Next round is value. [APPLAUSE] We're breaking up value into two separate rounds because these services really have two different offerings. First up, paid subscribers. Now Spotify and Apple both offer a ten dollar per month subscription plan that gives you access to their entire library online or offline. But when you're talking about a family plan, apple allows six accounts to share a music plan for just 15 dollars. Now that's a steal because each additional member you add on Spotify will cost 5 dollars a month. So do the math and six people sharing a Spotify plan will cost 35 bucks a month, compared to six people on an Apple Music plan for $15 a month. Apple Music takes round 2. [SOUND] Now, round 3 is all about free. [MUSIC] This is where Spotify strikes back, with an ad-supported limited streaming plan that works on both your desktop and mobile devices. This a huge win and something that Apple can't even come close to. Apple Music's free plan gives you a three month trial of the service. Apple Radio looks to remain free for now, but you won't have access to Apple's music library at all. Spotify takes round three and it's the biggest differentiator between these services. Round four is music selection. [MUSIC] Both services have a music library of roughly 30 million songs and growing, but Apple Music has shown it's getting more exclusive content. WIth big time names like Taylor Swift's 1989 and Dr. Dre's the Chronic Albums. Only being available on Apple Music, and new songs released by Pharrell, Nine Inch Nails, and Eminem, again, only being available on Apple Music. They've already shown that they're serious about content that you can't get anywhere else. Now, Spotify's radio stations including eras like the 80's and 90's are nowhere to be found on Apple Radio, but exclusive content is king here, and Apple Music takes round four. We're tied at two rounds a piece. Final round that decides it all is features. [MUSIC] Spotify streams had a 320 kilobits per second bit rate. Apple streams had a roughly 256 but they won't officially reveal that. The most people won't be able to tell the truth through earbuds, but it's still a difference. Apple users benefit from Siri integration that allows to call up Chart Toppers and more. Beats 1 is the biggest Apple music feature with its unique 24-hour radio station that I love, or you can listen to it with or without a subscription. The killer Spotify feature is Spotify Running, that detects the tempo you're running at and matches it with music from a music genre that you picked and really, it's awesome. But the biggest different tome is that Spotify allows you to bring in your current music library through their desktop app and mix it in with a subscription service. Compared to Apple music, that forces their matching feature. Now the problem, Apple music's matching can completely destroy your current library, change the album art, change the metadata, and replace explicit lyric versions with clean versions, and I stay away from it completely. Spotify takes round 5. So let's check out the final results. And in another prizefight [UNKNOWN], Apple Music and Spotify went back and forth. But in the end, Spotify take this prizefight three rounds to two, and is your prizefight winner. Now sometimes the service you end up picking comes down to the ecosystem you're in, but in this first battle of many more to come, Spotify is the king of the ring. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching and we'll catch you all next time for another prize fight. [NOISE] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]

Up Next

Prizefight: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max
pf-homepodvshome

Up Next

Prizefight: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo -- 6 months later
pfsmarthome.jpg

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo -- 6 months later

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Apple iPhone 7
pfcellphones.jpg

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Apple iPhone 7

Apple's AirPods vs. Bragi's The Headphone
pfheadphones2.jpg

Apple's AirPods vs. Bragi's The Headphone

AirPods vs. BeatsX
pfheadphones.jpg

AirPods vs. BeatsX

PS4 Pro vs. Xbox One S
pfxboxvsps41.jpg

PS4 Pro vs. Xbox One S

Google Pixel XL vs. iPhone 7 Plus
pfpixelvsiphone.jpg

Google Pixel XL vs. iPhone 7 Plus

Sling TV vs. PlayStation Vue: 1 year later
pftvstream.jpg

Sling TV vs. PlayStation Vue: 1 year later

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive
pfvr.jpg

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

Camera comparison: The Galaxy S7 Edge vs. the iPhone 6S Plus
still-shootout.png

Camera comparison: The Galaxy S7 Edge vs. the iPhone 6S Plus

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 3: Breaking Down the Hype
240221-site-vision-pro-versus-meta-quest-3-v1

Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 3: Breaking Down the Hype

Apple Sports Is the Next Step in Apple's Big Sports Plans
240222-site-one-more-thing-apple-sports-v2

Apple Sports Is the Next Step in Apple's Big Sports Plans

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Bringing an Old Story Into a Vast Open World
ff7rebirth-210224-land-00-00-01-19-still001

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Bringing an Old Story Into a Vast Open World

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max
240219-yt-vs-iphone-15-pro-max-vs-camera-comparison-v03

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max

Pulse Elite Review: PlayStation's New Gaming Headset
240219-site-sony-pulse-elite-wireless-headset

Pulse Elite Review: PlayStation's New Gaming Headset

What to Expect from Mobile World Congress 2024
mwc2024site-00-01-26-10-still001

What to Expect from Mobile World Congress 2024

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro
adobe-lightroom-00-02-58-03-still006-1

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone
p1022441-mp4-15-35-32-23-still001

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up
vlcsnap-2024-01-29-14h38m03s627.png

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring Designed for Health Tracking
samsung-debuts-galaxy-ring-for-health-tracking-00-05-13-09-still001

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring Designed for Health Tracking

First Look at Rabbit R1 Mobile AI Device
rabbitr1cms

First Look at Rabbit R1 Mobile AI Device

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro
240202-site-spatial-computing-on-meta-quest-3

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4
howto-createyourowngpt-clean

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Watch 6
231120-site-tips-tricks-and-hidden-features-v2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Watch 6