Difference Between Apple Music and Spotify

Music plays an integral part in one’s life music may be used for various purposes like relaxing, working out, studying, etc.

Listening to music has come a long way;

the evolution of listening to music started with the Gramo Phone begun in the late 19th century then went into the radios in the mid 20th century that gave a new way to the way people listen to music.

Walkman gained much popularity in the 1960’s but then disappeared with the founding of the compact disc (CD).

But this all changed with the starting of the 21st-century when apple released its very first iPod that gave a new way to listen to music and made it possible to carry 1000 songs in your pockets, but with that era ending today, we listen to music through the music streaming apps.

Today, Spotify and Apple Music are one of the largest online music streaming services in the world, with over 50 million-plus songs.

Apple Music vs Spotify

The main difference between Apple Music and Spotify is that Apple Music does not allow any user to stream any song for free without buying the service whereas, Spotify allows its user to stream any song for free without buying the services.

Apple Music vs Spotify

Spotify comes with its perks like ads, not skipping songs, etc.

Spotify provides a new place to contemporary artists by featuring them, whereas Apple music is more of a closed space, not giving that much freedom to the unknown artist.

Comparison Table Between Apple Music and Spotify

Parameters of ComparisonApple MusicSpotify
Library limitIt provides a library limit of 100,000 song.It provides a library limit of 10,000 songs.
Number of songsMore than 60 million songs are available across the platform.More than 50 million songs are available.
Available DevicesMobile Phones, laptops etc. But is integrated to work great with Apple devices.Mobile phones, laptops, web player and works with all devices including google assistant and Alexa.
Special featuresEqualizerCrossfade
Music DiscoveryDoesn’t provide personalized music libraries.Uses a strong algorithm and thus provides personalized music.            

What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is a subscription-based music service that allows its users to stream more than 60 million songs, podcasts, and artists.

Apple Music started in 2015 to provide the best quality of music and streaming to its users. Apple Music is much more of a closed environment and an integrated app that works best with the Apple services.

It doesn’t allow its users to stream music for free using Apple music is not that tough. It is a very user-friendly app that can be signed up only by making an Apple ID.

Today Apple music is available in more than 100 countries, including India. Apple Music is a much more intimate environment and doesn’t feature new artists that much.

Apple Music provides the highest music quality and streaming. Apple Music doesn’t have any robust algorithm and doesn’t give the user personalized playlists based on recent listening.

Apple Music

What is Spotify?

Spotify is one of the biggest music streaming apps globally, with access to more than 50 million songs, podcasts, and artists.

Spotify is one of those apps that allows its user to stream music and podcasts for free that gives its user freedom to either buy Spotify premium or keep on using the free version, but the perks are ads playing between songs.

Using Spotify is easy and very user-friendly one can sign up using Facebook, email id, and even your phone number and start listening. Today Spotify is available in more than 76 countries, including India.

Spotify also provides opportunities to new artists by featuring them, thus making it a place for contemporary artists.

The question might be the difference between Spotify free and premium.

The main difference is the sound quality, which increases with the premium, and the ads that are all over the place with the free version can be removed with the premium version.

Spotify uses a robust algorithm, which uses your music preferences and then provides you with a playlist of similar songs every week that can be accessed from the app.

How does it work?

 First, visit the website www.spotify.com or download the app on your mobile devices.

Second, make your account using a phone number or email ids. 

Third, chooses the plan that could be a free version or a premium version.

Fourth, fill in your favourite genres and artists.

Fifth, Stream and enjoy!


Main Differences Between Apple Music and Spotify

  1. Apple Music doesn’t allow free music streaming, whereas Spotify does allow free streaming.
  2. Spotify helps new artists grow by featuring them, whereas apple music is a closed environment and doesn’t feature much.
  3. Apple music plus 0.012 cents per stream to the artist, whereas Spotify pays 0.006 cents per stream.(2020)
  4. Spotify comes with a unique feature called Spotify connect that allows any user to switch songs between any device and even use a phone as a remote for devices, but apple music doesn’t provide any of these features
  5. Spotify makes a personalized playlist for the user called DISCOVER WEEKLY that includes fresh music based on past listening, whereas apple music doesn’t.
  6. Apple Music provides a much better offline listening because of auto-download and other features, whereas Spotify offline listening is comparatively below average.
Difference Between Apple Music and Spotify


Both of the streaming services work great, really great.

Spotify and apple music both have their advantages and disadvantages.

But Spotify offers a lot more than apple music, for example, the free streaming, Spotify connect, featuring newer artists using a strong algorithm to make a personalized playlist.

On the other side, apple music works more on the technical side, for example, providing with highest quality streaming, 100,000 songs in a single playlist, and paying double to all artists and music makers than Spotify.


  1. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/5569963
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