Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which is right for you?

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Apple Music and Spotify are two of the biggest names in music streaming. They have similar monthly subscription fees ($10, £10 or AU$12), so it can be difficult to know which one is best for your needs. Do you want to Lossless and spatial audio support? Apple Music is one. Love podcast and want smart music player for your car? Spotify is your jam.

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Part of the choice is also how you listen. Smart speaker support is important if you’re enjoying music at home, but music discovery and stream quality may be just as important (if not more) for eager music lovers. This comparison is updated from time to time with new information.

Best Music Streaming Services of 2021

Spotify vs. Apple Music



Apple Music

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$10 per month (5 for students)

$10 per month (5 for students)

family plan

Yes, up to 6 people ($16)

Yes, up to 6 people ($15)

free tier

yes, ad supported

No, only Beats1 Radio

free Trial

3 months

3 months

stream quality

depends on the platform: 256 Kbps AAC (Premium) or 128 Kbps AAC (Free) on the web player; Up to 320Kbps (Premium) or 160Kbps (Free) on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Lossless audio and Dolby Atmos spatial audio to…

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