Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon: How Do These Music-Streaming Apps Compare?

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The world of CDs, cassette tapes, and records are almost long gone and replaced with streaming. These streaming services allows us to listen to music wherever we are and instead of being limited to one song or one album, paying a small monthly fee or sometimes nothing at all to hear millions of songs anytime, anywhere!

The leading music-streaming apps are Apple music, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon Music-I'm sure you have at least one downloaded on your phone now. They each provide practically the same service where you can listen to pretty much the same music from each, however they do have slight differences based on the features of price,  content, and the apps themselves. 

The Wall Street Journal discusses these four music-streaming apps and how they compare across five characteristics of price, content, curation, apps, and ecosystem. However, in this blog we will only focus on three, listed above. 

Price

When it comes to price, this is the breakdown:

Amazon Prime Music: free for prime members/$12.99 for non-prime members

Amazon Music Unlimited: $7.99/mo for prime members & $9.99/mo for non-prime members

Apple Music: $9.99/mo or $14.99/mo for a family plan of up to six members

Spotify: free

Sporify Premium: $9.99/mo or $14.99/mo for up to six family members

YouTube Music Premium: $9.99/mo

Content

They all offer similar content, where you will find most of the same songs, artists, albums across all platforms. However some offer unique features that may not be found on the others. For example, Apple music offers exclusive interviews with artists and YouTube Music Premium offers users the service of watching music videos in addition to listening to the song. 

To read a more detailed description of each service including its pros, cons, and what audience or group of people can best benefit from each Music streaming apps, check out Nicholas Deleon's article, Best Music Streaming Services.

Apps

In terms of how well each app was created and the features it provides there are some great differences. Spotify is one of the slower apps to load, according to the Wall Street Journal, as well as difficult to use. YouTube Music lacks the basic ability of sorting your library in alphabetical order and Apple has not done a great job of making the visibility friendly across all devices. 

My favorite app to use, however is Spotify, since i have been a member for the last four years and the app has adapted to my past music history. 

Displayed below is a video of the top 5 best music streaming services in 2018. Here you will find a few services mentioned in this blog and a couple that were not, nevertheless this video highlights the pros and cons of each service and what aspect each excels in. Click now to find out more!

 

Source: YouTube, Published by TechGumbo