The giants of streaming offer a lot for music and podcast fans alike. Let's see how they compare on price, catalog, features and more. Apple Music and Spotify are the two biggest names in music streaming. Part of your choice comes down to where you listen -- so figuring out which one has the best smart speaker support is essential if you're enjoying music at home. But other factors such as music discovery and stream quality can be just as important if not more for keen music fans.
Apple Music: How much does it cost?
Moving to Apple Music from other streaming services
Apple came late to streaming services, but did it right. So right, that for all the other services that have come and gone, and all the services you can't remember the names of, streaming music is now a two-horse race. It's Apple Music, Spotify, and nothing else. Now it is tightly integrated into macOS, iOS and HomePod, offering over 60 million songs to over 60 million users, on either an individual subscription, or a family plan. The same idea around unlimited streaming drives both Apple Music and Spotify. As of October , Spotify claimed to have million users compared to Apple's 60 million. A majority of Spotify's users are on the ad-supported free version, with only million choosing to pay for the premium service. That's still nearly twice that of Apple's user base, but Apple reached that number in less than half the time. This can be attributed to the default music app on the iPhone offering the service, and the education of the market surrounding streaming in versus
Apple Music Plans
Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in Since then, the iTunes Store has evolved into Apple Music , a music streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and other services. Our guide to everything Apple Music can help set the record straight. What the heck is this thing? Apple Music combines subscription-based music streaming with global radio-like programming. The Music app, which is how you use the service, comes pre-installed on all new iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs.