Spotify vs Apple Music, Which Streaming Service is Better?

Apple Music is out in the market and is available at a subscription price of only $9.99 per month. One of the most anticipated releases of the year, Apple Music will still have to face tough market competition because of the many other streaming options available at cheaper prices. We compare it to the biggest competitor so it’s Spotify vs Apple Music today.

Spotify vs Apple MusicSpotify to give tough competition to Apple Music

While there are several music streaming options available in the market, Spotify is the prime competitor for Apple Music. Lets compare them both to understand. Firstly, both of them offer a-la-carte music streaming to users in high quality. Though the encoding format and bit rate are not the same, these can be used for streaming music even in low speed internet connections without experiencing interruptions.

The set-up of Apple Music and Spotify is not the same, but they both offer good music quality if played on the right device. Having been in the space for longer, Spotify enjoys some advantage when it comes to playing old melodies. After playing different genres of music on Spotify and Apple Music, we see that the former leads the way in many aspects.

However, we have to give it to Apple Music that it is just a few days old. It is also expected to entertain music lovers in a great way in the coming days. 

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Apple Live Streaming Music Service Available At $9.99

Come June 30 and users will be able to access live streaming music from Apple Music via the iTunes library. This means access to countless tracks on a scale never imagined with Apple before. The service also comprises Beats 1, which is a round-the-clock radio station. Apple Music Connect also helps artists to upload their tracks online.

Apple Creates Ripples With Live Streaming Music Service At 9.99 DollarsAnother huge improvement to Apple Music is more personalized playlists since there are real people driving this stuff. So forget the tedious playlists that popped up thanks to algorithm searches from Pandora or Spotify.

As for no we only have this much beef available about Apple Music that will be chargeable at around $9.99 per month. This is applicable following a free run for three months. A new pack meant for family too will be available at $14.99 per month for use by maximum of six members. Better news is that Apple Music will have Android compatibility sometime soon this year.  

It is clear that with these leaps, Apple aims to make its latest offerings such that they are laced with an enhanced system intelligence.… Read the rest

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Apple Set To Roll Out New Streaming Tune Service To Compete With Spotify

Apple is on a roll. Come next week and you will get hands on its latest tune service at WWDC 2015, says a report published in The Wall Street Journal. Apple has always released latest wares and upgrades at the conference and this is no shocker.  The latest service is priced at 10 dollars monthly in case you are interested in streaming on demand on an unlimited scale for all users, without restriction.

Apple Set To Roll Out New Streaming Tune Service, Set To Compete With SpotifyIt seems that apple is set to be a stiffler for Spotify that lets users avail similar services at the same price at the Premium range.The latest Apple service will not have a low tier free membership option though. However, it will put up channels that are supported by ads with selections from DJs host.

Apple currently sells close to 85 per cent of music downloads round the world, according to data from music industry insiders. However, in terms of the streaming niche business, Apple contributes only on a miniscule scale. 

Meanwhile, Spotify has an 86 per cent contribution in the streaming domain in USA alone.  Let us hope the latest release does good for Apple and it raises its stakes in the streaming market. Read the rest

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The War of Streaming Has Begun… It’s Google Music All Access v/s Spotify

Google Play Music All AccessRecently, at the Google 2013 I/O held at San Francisco, the internet search giant officially introduced the Google Music All Access, a subscription music service, priced at $9.99 a month. With a large library and competitive price, Google Music All Access comes with a 30-day free trial for users with an offer price of $7.99 for all those who sign up for a free trial before June 30.

Standing on the same lines as Spotify and Rdio, Google Music All Access adds new streaming choices to users, giving access to millions of songs on the Android smartphones, tablets and computers.    

With this official announcement by Google, it looks like the war of music streaming has now begun. Among other competitors, it seems more like an All Access versus Spotify story, which is a five-year-old streaming service. To see which service we like more, let’s consider some of the similarities.

Spotify, currently the leader in the race of music streaming services, has over 24 million users and is available in around 28 countries. Google Music All Access, on the other hand will be launched in the US, before it expands to the UK and rest of the world.

Akin to All Access, this service also comes with a price tag of $9.99, but under different versions. Spotify has a free version with ads, a $4.99 a month version with no ads that plays only on the computer, and the premium $9.99 subscription that’s ad free on computers and smartphones.

However, there’s no free version in Google Music All Access. But just like All Access, Spotify also comes with a 30-day free trial for users.  

To be honest, both the services seem to be as good, both have millions of songs in their library and stand at the same price tag. Aggressively courting new users, both services stand on the similar lines.

With Spotify and All Access, users get strong search functions along with suggestions based on how they rate the tunes. With these, subscribers can also generate radio stations based on their preferences and behavior.

However, considering music selection choices, Spotify already has deals with EMI, Sony Music, Universal and Warner Music among many others. It is also reported that Google also has settled deals with Sony, Universal and Warner to offer their songs. Google says that its service already has millions of songs for subscribers, whereas Spotify also claims to have over 20 million tracks. Considering this arena, both the services have great assets in their respective library.  

Exploring even further, Google Music can be played from an Android smartphone, browser on a PC or Mac. However, for iPhone users, the access is limited to browser as there’s no dedicated app.

Spotify, on the other side, also works in browsers. This service offers a dedicated app on PC, Mac, Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS 6, which gives it a lead on against All Access.  

Considering the music quality, both the services have quality output of 320kbps and also let users use phone’s equalizer to twist settings.

Looking at offline play options, Google Music lets users download up to 20,000 songs, which they can play when offline. This feature works well on the Play Music smartphone app, but gets a little complicated when used on the computer, which we hope gets fixed soon.

On the other side, Spotify subscribers with premium version can download up to 3,333 songs across three registered devices. Both options let users enjoy songs with no need of network quality or mobile data plans.

Lastly, exploring the social network, Google Music All Access lacks social integration as compared to Spotify. With All Access, users can only share an album on Google Plus, but can’t follow friends or see what they’re listening to.

Spotify, on the other hand, works closely with Facebook, where users can follow each other and see what their friends are listening to. With this service, users can also broadcast their current tracks on Facebook.

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Is the Age of Streaming Music Finally Here?

First there was Pandora – a beautiful creation that let us discover brand new music through online streaming. And then, quite a few other websites followed suit, some of the bigger successes among these including Spotify, iHeartRadio and Songza. But with faster mobile browsing features, music streaming turned into apps, both free and paid. However, the world of music streaming just got a whole lot bigger with none other than Apple dropping hints that it could enter the arena too.

Even though confirmation is yet to come by, this news caused Pandora’s shares to take a hit of 16 percent. But just how big of a playing field is the music streaming business? Of course, Nokia tried to get in on the action through Nokia Music features on its smartphones, but its exclusivity limits its business potential. The latest version lets users stream music from over 150 Nokia-created playlists, create their own playlists, and even listen to music offline.

And then there was the recent announcement by prepaid carrier Cricket about including unlimited music from Muve as part of its plans for Android users. Starting from $50 and going up to $70, these plans even offer unlimited talktime and data connectivity options to users. The company states its move came after surveying its users on what they felt was the most vital experience they expected from their smartphones, to which the users indicated the need for music.

Although music streaming for web browsers and more recently, smartphones by way of apps, is ever increasing in popularity as of now, we wonder what will happen once Apple enters and changes the game, just like it has done to so many other aspects of our lives.… Read the rest

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