What is your go-to music streaming service?
The way we listen to music has shifted a lot over the past few years. The days of holding your flip phone up to a speaker to record your favorite songs are long gone. Thanks to streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, we have the ability to listen to millions of songs within seconds. But which streaming service is the best? Even though Spotify and Apple Music both have their advantages, Apple Music remains supreme when it comes to getting new music first.
Originally, I used Spotify’s free option to listen to music. I eventually became tired of hearing advertisements every three songs, so I decided to try Spotify Premium. I took full advantage of my premium membership for around three months. The most enjoyable aspect of Spotify was the Discover Weekly playlists which introduced me to a lot of new music. However, I became severely disappointed with Spotify when I figured out how low its library limit is: Spotify only lets you have 10,000 songs in your library at a time. I would later find out that Apple Music lets you have up to 100,000 songs in your library. The library limit, however, is just one reason why I converted to Apple Music.
When Apple Music first made its debut in 2015, I immediately signed up for a three-month free trial. Why not? I have an iPhone, and if I didn’t like it, then I didn’t have to keep it. I was immediately impressed with how quickly Apple Music has new music ready for listening. When it comes to exclusive content, Spotify just doesn’t match up to Apple Music. Because Apple Music has deals with big artists like Drake and Taylor Swift, it often gets albums before anyone else. For example, Drake’s 2016 album “Views” was only available on Apple Music during its initial release. Celebrities having brand deals with streaming services can be frustrating, and everything would be a lot easier if everyone just put their music on every streaming service at the same time. For now, the best way to alleviate that stress is to get Apple Music.
Another aspect of Apple Music that many people don’t discuss is how the lyrics to every song are directly below it, ready to be read. For me, knowing every word to my favorite songs is very important. It can get frustrating to constantly have to look up lyrics on the internet, or open up Genius to search the song. Luckily, Apple Music makes it easy for me to sing along to every song in my library.
The inability to interact with other users was the biggest downfall of Apple Music when it was first released. Thanks to the iOS 11 update, Apple Music users now have full profiles where you can show off your playlists to your friends and see what other people are listening to.
Don’t get me wrong, Spotify is the biggest streaming service in America and will probably remain that way because of its free option. However, Apple Music has remained dedicated to improving its services in the two years since its creation. Considering Apple Music’s exclusive deals with celebrities and the new playlist sharing option, it is the best choice when it comes to streaming music.