Apple music or Spotify?



Dear reader,

I don't know about you but it has seemed to me for a good few years now that EVERYONE has Spotify. If ever someone glanced over my shoulder to see what I was listening to or tried to send me a link to a playlist they curated, they would instantly gasp and voice their shock and concern over my wellbeing when they saw that I used Apple Music instead.

I didn't really see what the fuss was about. Yes, you can see what your friends are listening to on Spotify - but to be honest, I had enough people berating my music taste to tempt any more unwanted attention to my...unique...selection.

Also, the effort to re-download all my songs, of which there were thousands, seemed too daunting every time I even thought about making the switch.

Finally, I caved and decided to see what all the fuss was about. I got the app and set up a Spotify account. Here is a list of major differences I found:

1. Cost

With their student discount, Spotify premium was actually about £5 cheaper (half the price) than what I was paying for Apple Music.

An added bonus that comes with the package is 'Headspace', which is a brilliant meditation app and a  definite pro.

2. Have I been doing playlists wrong?

I think I might be a bit of an oddball when it comes to using music apps, but I like to just have all my songs in one place, hit shuffle and then just skip what I'm not in the mood for.

Don't get me wrong, I have a 'chill' playlist and a 'book' playlist that are appropriate for certain settings and moods.

Most of the time, however, I like to listen to 'High School Musical' and then some 'Two Steps from Hell' and then maybe some 'Beethoven'.

Spotify is all about playlists, so I initially worried this would be an issue. It hasn't been. If I fancy something different, I just queue it, or make a diverse playlist. There are also so many better playlists pre-made and accessible on Spotify compared to Apple Music, particularly fandom/ novel-based ones, and that's the tea.

3. Finding new music

Again, I don't know how but Spotify is just better at suggesting songs for playlists and new music to my selection. It picks things I genuinely like and that fits the mood better, and also songs that I forgot I loved. I get bored a lot less quickly with my music now thann I used to.

4. Sharing with friends

I never really minded that my music taste is...niche...and honestly, having my friends being able to send links and playlists and see what I'm listening to is something I'm looking forward to doing more of.

5. Listening in the car.

I have Apple Play in my car (I know super fancy) and admittedly when I tried to use Spotify today whilst driving, it did take longer to set up and at first my car didn't like it one bit. Hopefully I can figure out a way to make it an automatic connection but as for now a bit more time and effort has to be put in to my drivetime DJing.

6. Adding multiple songs?

I'm still unsure if I'm just being the technical dimwhit that I am, but a lot of the time I search songs or artists and want to add multiple results to a playlist...I've found this to not work so far on Spotify.

At the moment I am having to do it a song at a time, which makes it a little bit more arduous a task than on Apple music.


7. Does it really matter?

At the end of the day, both platforms do very similar things with very similar audio quality. I am happy to use both, and to be honest, with more time exploring and getting used to Spotify, I will probably forget all these small differences.

Hebe x
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2 comments

  1. I've never used Apple Music but I think transitioning between platforms makes it so clear that music is a pretty big part of our lives. I know you're exactly like me and listen to it pretty often, can't wait to see you over on Spotify so I can find some more fab musicians... still loving Arcadian Wild at the moment xx

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    1. It really is! I didn't really realise how much I use and depend on my music apps. Ahhh me too - love getting some playlsit inspo from you xx

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