By: Ashley Anduha, Gabby Lomonico and Mark Nieves
Spotify and Apple Music are streaming services where you can have access to around 30 million songs right at your fingertips, but there is a debate that has been discussed between anyone who is a daily music listener, which is better? They both have their perks, but it’s the little things that separate them and cause this dispute.
One perk of Spotify is the free version that Apple Music doesn't offer. Of course, it doesn't involve all the benefits like unlimited skips, but it’s a better option for those who don't have the luxury of purchasing a subscription. With Spotify's free subscription, you only get the option to shuffle music with only 6 allowed skips with ads.
Both Apple and Spotify cost a total of $9.99 for a monthly subscription. With these subscriptions, you have access to play any track, listen offline, no ad interruptions, unlimited skips and high quality audio. You also have the ability to share playlists with your friends on both apps.
There are only a few differences between the two. For example, when you sign up with a Spotify subscription, you get Hulu and if you are a student you get a discount. Spotify is very personalized, they alter and suggest music to your taste and it's a fun way to discover new music.
Spotify also makes customized playlists to the songs you listen to most, Christina Bean (junior) mentions this is one reason she likes Spotify because they make playlists for you. They take the songs you've listened to the most throughout the year and they make “your daily mix,” which is a playlist of songs you listen to the most.
Apple Music seems to attract people in a different way. Unlike Spotify where you get a free version of the app, you instead get a free three month trial to Apple Music. It can be argued which one is easier to use but one student Adylene Andino (sophomore) says, “I prefer Apple Music because of the design of the app and it seems easier to use than Spotify.”
Apple users also might just prefer Apple Music because of it being synced into their iPhone already. Student Jordan Griffin explains how he enjoys Apple Music better because it can track his music history and is an Apple application.
Both music parties have their own side and choice, but many artist don’t put their music on Spotify, big names like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Aaliyah, and more. They prefer their music on the Apple platform than just having it on both. Unlike some underground artist don't use Apple music.
In general, from what we have found, the results seem nearly 50/50. Overall, they both offer the same kinds of features, but they both have their own different benefits; it all depends on your personal preference. For example, if you don't care about ads as long as it is free, go for Spotify. Or if you want free Hulu and personalized playlists, then Spotify Premium is for you. But if you'd rather use something that is right in front of you with music that has previously been bought by you, then Apple Music is the obvious choice.
What’s your favorite? Comment below and let us know!
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