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The Two Largest Competitors - Apple Music and Spotify

By Tony Moton

January 13, 2018

Apple Music and Spotify are two main music streaming services, and both of them have a large customers group. The main difference between them is that Apple Music was launched in January 2014 and only provides music in 256kbps ACC, while Spotify was launched in October 2008 and it can reach 320kbps in the format of OGG, which is cared by most people. Besides this, there are also many other differences. What are they? After reading this article, you may get some ideas about your choice.

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Part 1. The Sound Quality - 256kbps MP3 VS. 320KBPS OGG

Since the difference laid in the bitrate and music format, a majority of people would wonder which one has a better sound quality and deserves the cost.

As we can listen, the 256kbps AAC music files of Apple Music would sound more involving, which is closer to lossless. But actually, the sound quality of Spotify is also appreciated since it has the highest bitrate of 320kbps. Therefore, the sound quality of Spotify is not left much behind Apple Music.

However, comparing to Apple Music, the advantage of Spotify is that it would offer you the access to change the quality of the music. But Apple Music only has one single choice.

Although the sound quality of this two music apps has been good enough for most people, some still dissatisfied with it. And we are looking forward to seeing any breakthrough of this two popular applications.

Part 2. Supported Platform & Connectivity

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. However, Apple Music is limited to be issued through an iOS 8.4 update for compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, along with Mac and PC, Android phone (Android tablet is not included) as well as Sonos.

AirPlay allows Apple Music to send music from an iPhone or iPad to a stereo or connected television. The service also lies in the Mac and Apple TV. An AirPlay competitor in Spotify Connect has also been created, a way to push audio to any manner of connected speakers. Though not as ubiquitous, Spotify Connect works with equipment from popular manufacturers like Libratone, JBL, B&O and many others.

Part 3. Social Function - A More User-friendly One

Another point making Spotify popular is its social and sharing function. As we know, you cannot share your playlist on Apple Music, and are just able to listen to the songs shared by the application itself. But Spotify offers the chance for users to make their own playlists and share them with friends or other users. Besides, you can also view what songs your friends are listening recently.

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Although this function has made Spotify more user-friendly, it also brings the disadvantage. Because the playlists in Spotify are mostly shared by users, so when someone is searching for one, there are plenty of playlists for the user to choose. Undoubtedly, the resources are rich, but it is miscellaneous to pick one suitable, too. Nevertheless, Apple Music has a more professional one. The unified management makes the playlists orderly and systematically. Additionally, the playlists of Apple Music are so careful that it sets the exclusive one for each musician, types of music, and even the cultural phenomena.

Part 4. The Differences And Similarities on Charges

Both Apple Music and Spotify have the charges collectible. The fee of both is $9.99/month and a discount of $4.99/month for students. But Spotify also offers a free version, and Apple Music not.

For family charges, Spotify needs to count on the number of family members. $5 is needed when you add one family member. Apple Music is $14.99 for 5 family members.

Part 5. Copyright - DRM Protection

The songs of both Apple Music and Spotify are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management). Since the copyright of some songs, the music library of both is not completed. In addition, if you want to play the music from Apple Music or Spotify in other media players or devices, you have to remove DRM from the songs.

For Apple Music users, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is the best option to remove DRM from Apple Music due to its outstanding features:

• Super-fast DRM removal speed;

• Convert Apple Music to plain MP3, AC3, M4A, FLAC;

• Keep the original quality of audio tracks;

• Bit rate, codec, sample rate, and channels can be adjusted.

For Spotify loyal fans, they can get the shortcut from TuneFab Spotify Music Converter which helps them convert Spotify to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC. It features as below:

• Download and convert Spotify songs to the commonly used format;

• Save ID3 Tags and Metadata;

• enable user to listen to Spotify offline without Premium;

• Batch conversion supported.

In general, Apple Music provides users with a better music experience since its quality would be slightly better. But Spotify offers users a chance to discover any music they appreciate. Actually, the differences of we have heard of both is subtly, this is not enough for us to recommend one. You can choose one from the way you want to use from their resources and even the playlists.

Part 6. Bonus Tips - The Transferring Between Apple Music and Spotify

Session 1. Using DRM Removal to Transfer

To be honest, when you have TuneFab Apple Music Converter in hand, it means that you have the ability to transfer Apple Music to Spotify because this software helps you break the limitation of DRM. Similarly, TuneFab Spotify Music Converter provides you with the opportunity to transfer Spotify to Apple Music. Read the following details:

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Session 2. Alternative Tools for Transferring

If you have no needs of DRM removal, here we recommend 4 alternatives for you to export Apple Music Playlist to Spotify or move Spotify to Apple Music. They are listed below and wait for you to check out.

1. Stamp

Stamp is a brilliant app which copies your playlists from YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Rdio, CSV and Google Play Music to Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music or CSV at one click. The app itself is free to download, but you'll have to pay €8.99 to transfer playlists with more than 10 tracks. It supports to be installed on iOS, Android and desktop.

2. SongShift

SongShift similarly shift playlists across many popular music services including: Apple Music, Deezer, Discogs, LastFM, Napster, Pandora, Spotify, and Tidal. It is free to move playlists containing under 100 tracks, and charges £3.99 to unlock the full version. You can remove adverts by paying 79p under the Extras menu, and your iOS device must be running iOS 9.3 or above.

3. Soundiiz

Soundiiz allows you to transfer playlists and favorites between streaming services included Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Groove Music, Deezer, Soundcloud, Google Play Music, Pandora, etc. Though the Free version is enough for most of the people, but if you want to experience more services and tools, you need to pay for $3 per month to upgrade to Premium.

4. MusConv

MusConv transfers your tracks and playlists to Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music and more for free. The app is free while you cannot transfer any tracks if you pay nothing for it. Yes, it's not free, but it is worth your attention.

Until now, I guess you've made a decision on how to enjoy streaming music with such professional DRM tools and transferable apps. Just have fun!

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