Spotify v Apple Music


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Amber Cicilian, Senior Writer

Since the age of streaming services began in the early 2000s a debate has haunted the minds of music lovers everywhere: Spotify or Apple Music? 

The two music platforms each have a very high list of supporters who let it be known through social media who they think is the best. But, based on price and the amount of content available per subscription, let’s decide once and for all who is the superior music streaming service. 

Spotify Info

Spotify launched in 2008 and was first developed in Stockholm, Sweden. As of September 2020, there are 320 million active listeners with millions of tracks, podcasts and playlists to choose from, which is pretty impressive. Spotify has a free option for its platform that lets users make and listen to playlists, albums and podcasts but with unavoidable ads and a limit on how many times you can skip songs. 

Their Premium Plan starts at $9.99 a month. The Family Plan is $14.99 a month for up to six family members and there’s a student plan that offers a 50% discount. Spotify is definitely the popular choice for younger audiences and people online, giving it a solid advantage against the “competition.” People create memes on why Apple Music users are inferior and get less amenities than those who have Spotify.  

Apple Music Info

Apple Music was first launched in 2015, in addition to Apple’s already built in iTunes Store. The streaming service allowed users to listen to any music in the world along with their already bought tracks from iTunes. The platform gives the users more flexibility, allowing them to pay for a monthly subscription instead of individual songs or albums. 

Just like Spotify, their Individual Plan starts at $9.99 a month and their Family Plan is $14.99 a month for up to six members. Apple Music has a student plan for $4.99 a month. 

Extra Features 

Spotify gives its users custom made playlists based on their music taste. These types of extra amenities often make the user feel more connected to the platform. Apple Music has radio stations that consist of the person’s favorite artists. Despite having both of the features, it feels easier to connect with new and interesting artists on Spotify, and most people online would agree with that. 


Apple Music is better for people who might have a set playlist or group of artists that they do not like to stray from. Spotify is better for those with a diverse music taste that likes to discover new artists.