How do the two streaming services compare
Spotify was launched in October 2008 in Stockholm, before rolling out in the UK the following year.
It took until 2011 to reach the US. Apple Music, meanwhile, began life as Beats Music in January 2014 under the watchful eye of talented music mogul Trent Reznor. Four months later Appleacquired Beats Musicand the headphones arm of Beats Electronics in the company's largest ever acquisition, costing some $3 billion (1.8bn). The service was relaunched as Apple Music during Apple's annualWorldwide Developers Conferencein early June, and will be available to download fromJune 30. Eddy Cue has confirmed that Beats Music will migrate to Apple Music.
Shortly after Beats co founder Jimmy Iovine showcased Apple Music pandora christmas charms for the first time, Spotify released its updated active user figures, totalling more than 75 million accounts in 58 countries across the world. Of these, over 20 million are paid subscribers.
As of March 2014, Beats Music had just 111,000 subscribers, according to aleaked report. It's unknown just how many iOS 8.4 compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches are current used across the world, and whether Apple will release figures pandora usa of how many users have opted into paying for subscriptions once the free trial is over. But when you tot up the Mac and PC users and later Apple TV and Android owners too Apple Music has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of users.
How many tracks does it have?
Spotify: 30 million+
The two services have roughly the same number of tracks; some 30 million at their disposal.
Apple Music users can listen to their own personal iTunes library through the app as well as the Apple Music streaming library. Spotify allows you to listen to non Spotify music too, but adding local files has to be done through a desktop Mac or PC. For example, you can't listen to your iTunes library through Spotify itself.
Both services operate on a two tier system: very limited functionality for free, or full use for a monthly fee.
To entice people into trying it out, Apple is offering a three month free trial, after which they will be charged 9.99 a month. Alternatively, you can sign up to a Family membership for 14.99 a month for up to six people.
What is Apple Music?
When will Apple Music launch?
Taylor Swift shakes off dispute to add 1989 to Apple Music
You can view and follow artists under the Connect tab and listen to the Beats 1 radio station when using Apple Music for free, but that's it. With a subscription you can skip through other radio stations, save content to your library for offline listening and take advantage of expert music recommendations.
When using Spotify for free, you can only shuffle through playlists and albums, and can't actually select the song you'd like to hear. Spotify seems to hope this will infuriate you into paying 9.99 a month to become a Premium member, so you can skip through songs, listen offline and play any track in high quality audio free from adverts. Spotify also offers a 50 per cent off student discount, meaning they can upgrade to Premium for 4.99 per month. The platform's Family option links up to five separate Premium accounts for the monthly discounted subscription of 50 per cent.
Apple Music: Taylor Swift, music videos
Last month Spotify announced its intention to move away fromjust musicand into video content in an effort to be "more personal and more usable". Spotify now offers video clips, news bulletins, podcasts and more personalised playlists.
But Apple has a real selling point now that it's persuadedTaylor Swift to sign up to the platformafter she famously withdrew her body of work from Spotify last November.
Apple Music also has access to the singer's previous four albums. Singer Pharrell is planning on debutinghis new single Freedomexclusively on pandora charms shop Apple Music during its first day, andAC/DC has also announced it is putting its records on both Spotify and Apple Music.
Apple has a long tradition of cajoling previously reluctant artists into joining iTunes, and Apple Music is likely to no exception. Even The Beatles eventually agreed to distribute their work through pandora animal charms iTunes, and it's likely Apple is working hard to negotiate terms to bring the band to the new service the fact that they are not on Spotify is, I'm sure, purely coincidental.
What platforms does it work on?Spotify can be downloaded for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone. It also works over Linus, Bozee, MeeGo, PC, OS X, Openpandora, Roku, S60, Samsung Smart TV, Sonos, HEOS by Denon, PlayStation 4 and 3, Squeezebox, Telia Digital tv, TiVo, WD TV and webOS.
Apple Music will be issued through an iOS 8.4 update for compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, along with Macs and Pcs. Apple TV and Android users will be able to access the service in the autumn.
Apple Music will also be available on Sonos before the end of the year.
What's the sound quality like?
Spotify: Up to 320kbps Ogg
Spotify's audio quality comes in three tiers; Normal at 96kpbs, High at 160kbps and Extreme at 320kpbs, the latter two of which are only available for Premium subscribers. Apple Music's quality is standardised at 256kbps.
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