The giants of streaming offer a lot for music and podcast fans alike. Let's see how they compare on price, catalog, features and more. Apple Music and Spotify are the two biggest names in music streaming. Part of your choice comes down to where you listen -- so figuring out which one has the best smart speaker support is essential if you're enjoying music at home.
Apple's evolving music streaming service makes some welcome improvements
Moving to Apple Music from other streaming services
Apple Music is a powerful candidate in the music streaming world but not one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. With a few tweaks here and there, it will surely become a more compelling option. As of , 72 million people use Apple Music. That may be a lot less than the million subscribers on Spotify Premium , but for a service that's only been around for five years, that's impressive.
New and noteworthy.
In comparison to music streaming sites like Spotify or Pandora, Apple Music can feel a bit mysterious. Anyone who signs up will have to pay a monthly fee to use the service. Considering that Apple Music offers live radio shows and interesting exclusives, this fee may be well worth it to the right buyers. Before we dive into the different pricing tiers Apple Music has to offer, we should note that all the subscriptions offer access to the same catalog of ad-free content, offline listening, Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows, and exclusive releases. Just like Spotify , Apple offers all students with a valid student email address from a supported educational institution half-off an Apple Music membership. The offer is available only for college students at this time. Looking to enroll up to six people in your household in an Apple Music plan? Currently, to qualify for the free six months, you must be signed up for either the Play More or the Get More Unlimited plan through Verizon.