As you know, Apple acquired Beats Audio, which became some sort of a weapon with which Apple tries to defy its competition: Spotify and Google Play Music. Apple Music went live on June 30, being launched along with iOS 8.4, while Google brought its music service one week ahead, being currently available in the US, on the web and on Android and iOS devices. Spotify has been around for 9 years and it doesn’t need an introduction, as it’s supported by a bunch of platforms. Here’s a comparison between all three services.
You will have a three-month trial to test Apple Music, then you’ll pay a monthly subscription of $9.99. If you want to involve your entire family, you can choose to pay $14.99 per month for up to six members.
The other services have as well a monthly subscription of $9.99, but while Google offers a 30-days free trial, Spotify offers double.
Spotify and Google Play Music can be accessed all over the world and you can install them on your iOS, Android, PC or Mac devices, or you can access them via a web-based interface. If you want to listen to your favorite tracks without being online, like when you’re in an area with no internet connection, you can download music before getting there and listen to it while being offline. For now, Apple Music is available for iOS, Macs and PCs, and this month, people from 100 countries will have access to this service, which will extend to Android this fall.
Catalogs and audio quality
All three services are housing up to 30 million songs, but while Spotify and Google are streaming at 320Kbps, Apple streams at 256kbps AAC, and you will access content that it can’t be found in iTunes yet.
Apple Music allows its users to listen to various Internet radio stations, and Beats 1 is the most popular station, being available in 100 countries. The radio’s staff consists of former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and hip hop DJ Ebro Darden.
Google Play Music allows the users to create custom radio stations or purchase tracks from the store, while Spotify has a radio feature for the free and premium accounts. The users will listen to a playlist of songs that were randomly selected, based on genres and decades.