As an avid music lover, I love exploring various music streaming apps. And when I came to know about Spotify, I was very excited and honestly liked the app, except for the ad part. Hitting the headlines every now and then, Spotify has become a very popular app today. But to your knowledge, we have a rival here- Apple Music. Apple Music vs Spotify has become a thing for many users.

With the ever-increasing demand that Apple Music is receiving, users are left with just one question- Is Apple music better than Spotify? Well, we will figure out the answer in this article. So, stay with us till the end to find out.

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Apple Music vs Spotify: At A Glance

Apple MusicSpotify
Starting Price$9.99/month Free
Price without ads$9.99/month $9.99/month
Student price$4.99/month $4.99/month
Duo household$12.99/month, 2 accounts
Family package$14.99/month, 6 accounts$15.99/month, 6 accounts
Annual Plan$99 per year $99 per year
ExclusivesSiri, HomePod, HomePod mini, Cloud music locker, Apple Music 1 RadioPS5, PS4, Xbox series, Xbox one, Spotify studios

Spotify vs Apple Music: Music Library

Both Apple Music and Spotify feature massive music collections. While Apple Music has over 90 million songs, Spotify claims to have over 70 million songs. Spotify also features about 2.6 million podcasts, whereas Apple podcasts are an entirely different service. Therefore, Apple music is solely about music tracks, which is a clear win in this case.

Winner: Apple Music

Apple Music vs Spotify: Music Quality

Talking about the music quality, the standard music tracks on Apple are at 256 kbps AAC files which is the same as iTunes, whereas Spotify has music tracks in three different categories- 96 kbps, 160 kbps and 320 kbps. And all of these are in the Ogg Vorbis format. However, the highest quality music is limited to paid subscribers only.

Regarding resolution and bit rates, Apple Music has a “lossless” feature that can beat Spotify easily. You have a couple of options for streaming high-quality music with Apple. You also don’t need good wired headphones to experience the difference.

Winner: Apple Music

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Browser playback

Luckily, Apple no longer insists on downloading iTunes to browse music. Just like Spotify, you can easily browse and listen to the tracks in the browser using Apple Music. Both versions have their respective libraries and playlists that the users can easily access.

Winner: Draw


Both Apple Music and Spotify are at the same level for user-created playlists. In both cases, you can choose personalized playlists, daily recommendations, and listening preferences. The Apple Music 1 radio has the content for the entire Apple Music subscribers base, whereas Spotify’s radio is more accurate for specific genres, topics, and tastes.

Winner: Draw

Apple Music vs Spotify: Design

Talking about the design, you will have the same feel with Apple music as you get with Spotify. After the iOS 10 release, Apple made the design similar to Spotify. Both the UI have large images, a navigation bar at the bottom, quick access to the music library and a search function.

The only difference here is the colour of both platforms. Apple Music is light and bright white colour, whereas Spotify has black/grey colour with a hint of neon green.

Winner: Draw

Apple Music vs Spotify: Cloud locker

The biggest USP of Apple Music is the iCloud music library. Apple lets you store the songs in the cloud library to access them from anywhere. But with Spotify, you can listen to songs from the platform only.

Winner: Apple Music

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