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Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play Music

Posted by on June 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Tech giant Apple has finally announced it’s ready to move into the online music streaming industry. Once again, as with the Apple iWatch, iPhone and iPod, their arrival to the party in this industry is fashionably late. Yet, Apple always seems to have a knack of when to do something, and how to do it right. The iPhone, not matter whether you’re a fan or not, is a huge global success along with the iPod as well as Mac computers.

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play Music

So, what exactly does Apple Music hold in store for us? Well, one thing’s for sure and that’s the fact that Apple had to arrive to the party well prepared when facing-off with the other industry heavyweights. This latest venture brings it up against giants such as Spotify, Google Play Music and Tidal.

I suspect that most of you will be asking yourselves “what will Apple Music be offering which the competition isn’t already?”. If that’s the case, then hopefully the information below will help you gauge whether it’s a service that could potentially persuade you to switch or not.

 

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play MusicThe music and film industry have been suffering heavily since the introduction of information sharing over the Internet. Many countries still maintain the ‘Freedom of Information’ act, which allows the freedom to share information of most natures across the web. The movement into this form of music streaming, I believe, is a great way for artists, bands and record labels to maintain control over unsolicited and illegal music downloading.

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play MusicThe introduction of faster Internet connection speeds to smartphones and ADSL lines is also constantly improving which only encourages the wider adoption of services such as Google Play Music and Apple Music. Below I have compiled a list of the four main competitors in the market currently and how they stack up against each other.

 

 

Apple Music

Spotify

Tidal

Google Play Music

Free account

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Song quality

n/a*

320kbps

320kbps

320kbps

Song library size

30 million

30 million

30 million

25 million

Radio

Yes (human)

Yes (robot)

Yes (robot)

Yes (robot)

Offline listening

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto generated playlists

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online storage

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Video content

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exclusive content

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Social interaction

n/a

Yes

Yes

Yes

Artist social feed

Yes

No

No

No

Desktop compatibility

Windows / Mac

Windows / Mac / Linux

Windows / Mac

Web Only

Mobile app

iOS

Android, iOS, Windows

Android, iOS, Windows

Android, iOS, Windows

Free availability

3 month trial

Yes with Ads

-

30 day trial

Monthly Cost (Basic)

US$9.99**

$6.99

$11.99

$11.99

Monthly Cost (Premium)

US$14.99***

$11.99

$23.99

-

 

* Apple Music is yet to launch within the Australian market, but when it does we hope to have more clarity on its audio quality.

** The basic monthly price for Australia has not yet been announced, so we have referenced the U.S.A. pricing.

*** The family account (6 active people) cost for Australia has not yet been announced so, I have referenced the U.S.A. pricing.

 

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play MusicAs far as choice goes Apple is spinning the decks at full speed by offering the same 30 million song options as its other main competitors. Song quality for Australia has not yet been announced so we will have to get back to you on that particular aspect, but I doubt it will be lower if Apple stands a chance of competing successfully.

All of Apple Music’s services such as offline listening, video content and exclusive content match those of its competitors. Yet, Apple is taking it one step further with its live radio show that will run 24/7 and be operated by humans as opposed to the automated services provided by its competitors. This is where Apple is going to try and differentiate itself from the pack and potentially have radio companies quivering in their boots.

The pricing is yet to be seen for Australia on Apple Music, but I can take a running guess that it will match or even be slightly more than Google and Spotify for example. Its just not Apples style to fight on price; they turn their nose up at that kind of thing.

 

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play MusicUltimately, if you are an Android user you will have to wait until the beginning of summer for a compatible app, which I don’t believe is a great way to enter the market if you want to gain huge market traction from the off set. But, Apple has introduced a 3-month free trial to its service that is fantastic for anyone wanting to give it a good try before they buy. I also really like the concept of artists being able to interact with fans over the Apple Music system because it brings a really personal touch to their service, we will just have to wait and see if this doesn’t become another page within a long list of social media formats for artists (or their PR’s) to manage.

Naturally being an Android user I will have to get in line and wait for summer, but in the mean time I will be keeping a watchful eye on my iPhone ‘compadres’. What will you do?

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Tidal vs Google Play Music


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