Give your savings the boost they need. Updated Mar 18, Over the last decade years Spotify has sat comfortably in the throne as the most popular paid streaming service in the world.
Now, Apple — the company that propelled the digital music revolution forward back in — is looking to reclaim their place and boot Spotify from its cloud. Despite launching nearly seven years after Spotify, Apple Music has established itself as a keen competitor to the music-streaming colossus of Spotify.
Now that both services have had time to butt heads, let's take a look at how the two compare. Yes, Spotify has long offered either a free tier option, or a day free trial for their premium services. Apple Music doesn't have a free tier but does offer a trial, one-upping Spotify with a lengthy 3—month trial. Streaming quality is, oddly, where Apple Music loses points in the battle. Conversely, the extra features of Apple Music do a lot to set it apart from a sea of bare-bones services. With flashy additions like Siri integration and Apple Music Connect , there is no doubt Apple is banking on these features to sell subscriptions.
Apple Music's library clocks in at an impressive 50 million songs, which is 15 million more tracks than its streaming rival Spotify. And make no mistake, this is no coincidence, just another way Apple is taking aim at its competitors. Plus, any songs you've purchased through iTunes or ripped from CD can be streamed through Apple Music, potentially expanding your Apple Music library even more.
Forget the rest, this is where the competition really stands. Apple has made no effort to hide the fact it's gunning for number one spot and have yet to show any concern for who they trample along the way. Interestingly, this announcement came within just 24 hours of reports of an "anti-trust investigation" against Apple. The attorney general of New York is reportedly looking into suspicions that the tech giant Apple has colluded with major labels in a bid to drive "freemium" services, like Spotify, from the market.
So, while it's impossible to declare a music streaming champion at the current time, it will no doubt be a bloody and bitter fight to the death. Colour us intrigued. Brodie Fogg was the publisher for Finder's streaming and entertainment comparisons. Brodie has a background in education and is passionate about breaking down complicated topics and tech garble to make it more palatable for a wider audience.
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