To compete with Spotify, Apple Music gone live after months of anticipation and thus far, initial reviews of Apple’s streaming music service has ticked at a largely positive equation, but aside from few expected software issues that will hopefully be ironed out in the up-and-coming days.
Apple has finally thrown its hat into the all-way new subscription-based music service ring, and now we have to see how do the numbers match up. After cleaning up popular DJs, working on licencing deals right up to the wire and acquiring Beats Electronics for an astonishing sum, Apple Music is here righ on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Mac and Windows to add some musical chair game. And of course it looks like a cross between SoundCloud, Spotify and a radio station.
Although, Apple Music entered into an already saturated market currently dominated by Spotify, being beloved by millions of users and fanfare has a multi-year head start on Apple Music, which has a wide and deeper music library than Spotify. Now that we have to see how does Apple Music compare to Spotify?
Apple not only came with its streaming Music service through iOS 8.4 update, but also brought a new Beats 1 radio station and an all-new Music. Apple has gone with a price-point that is squarely in the industry safe-zone. Tital and Spotify also offer a subscription at $9.99. Two respective compatitors already there, Apple also has a second subscription offer: at $14.99 you can have six family members under the same account, with each person having access to their own profile.
Apple Music: Cost: $9.99 or $14.99 for a family package.
When compared to Spotify, the Apple Music has featured over 30 million tracks. Other stuff it seems like the only way to get some attention in the music-streaming game is to gear out some chart-toppers who say they’ll have a pivotal role in the new service. Yes, Apple Music will feature playlists created by Drake, Zane Lowe and ‘talented music experts’. Playlists on the other hand make up a major part of Apple Music’s appeal, hence the reason Lowe was brought on board – to help users find relevant and new music.
Apple Music indeed features a 24/7 radio channel, ‘Connect’ which of course acts like a social media channel that artists can share music, video and pictures on, and that too integrated with Siri. Android version of Apple Music app coming later in the year alongside Apple TV.
This is somewhat celebrities choice, which has a superstar roster of supporters/shareholders and one mega-star with his finger on the button – Jay Z and not it’s creation, though. Tidal was a brain-child of tech company Aspiro, which was acquired by Jay Z’s company earlier this year.
Cost $9.99, Tidal a month for the standard service and or $19.99 for the premium tier. Difference here is that, Titdal’s high-fidelity sound is only available on the premium service, means that paying $19.99 you’ll be able to listen to CD quality music using the Free Lossless Audio Codec or ‘FLAC’. If you listening it through your smratphone, you’ll need a device with decent digital-to-analogue conversion or ‘DAC’. The latest top-end handsets mostly have decent DAC and support 24-bit/192kHz music playback. Wait! That is not it but also need a good pair of headphones.
Tidal has tracks of over 30 million on its books, around the same as Spotify and Apple Music. With 45 million of Spotify’s 60 million users stream music for free. Tidal pays artists a larger share for their work, and has attracted the likes of Swift and has no free tier.
Now about Spotify, which is a veteran of the music streaming industry having streamed its first track back in 2008. Now, with 60 million users, with 15 million paying subscribers, becomes the simply the largest and most well-known streaming music service around.
Cost: free, $4.99 and $10
Spotify has three tiers; free, family and premium. The ‘free’ in the sense that there’s no upfront cost but you’ll *pay* by listening to intermittent adverts if you access it on a mobile or tablet. You can listen to pre-curated playlists, skip six tracks per hour and also listen anything on-demand or offline. Tablet and desktop users have the same restrictions, but can listen to music on-demand and edit playlists.
While the premium and family tiers give users full access to all of Spotufy’s functions. The only difference would be that family members of a premium tier subscription get a 50% discount. There is no student 10% discount available. Tracks on Spotify has over 30 million like Apple Music, and with over 15-billion playlists created since it began, which the figure reflects its market leading position and vast number of users.
Other stuff including new ones like Spotify Running – which matches music to your exercise pace – videos, viewing lyrics as a track plays, and Spotify Touch, which lets users preview 30 seconds of a track by simply long-pressing it. There’s also access to podcasts and thousands of in-house and user created playlists.
Premium Spotify users can also enjot Spotify Connect that allows them play music through multiple bluetooth conected speakers via the music app.
Apple Music and Spotify are both similar and different when it comes to their UI design. Entire visual is extremely and well worth poring over it you’re an overloved Spotify user, curious about checking out what exactly Apple Music brings to the table.
The section is more attractively presented and considerably more comprehensive than the Browser area of Spotify, has charts, new releases,discover, and more over dozens of playlists under “genres & Modds” such as party, workout and dinner. And the radio button takes users to Beats 1, and other “stations” – mostly automated feeds but also some real broadcasters such as the BBC World Service.
The fourth button, Connect, takes users to an Instagram-esque feed where the artists they follow can post snaps and comments – such as this peach from Giorgio Moroder. The section of the app users are likely to tap the most is My Music. Like Spotify, it’s possible to listen to tracks offline, which will appeal not just to Tube users in London but anyone who doesn’t have masses of mobile data to use up, or can’t get a decent internet connection while driving or in the gym.
Finally, Spotify’s user interface has something annoying quirks when compared to Apple Music. But still many prefer to stay tuned to Spotify, and would probably cancel subscription and switch to Apple’s streaming muysic service just after their free three months trail with Apple Music.
Question here is, how many will be keep paying after the three-month trail ends. Unlike Spotify, given that there is no free tier on Apple Music.
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