Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which is the best music app?

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The best music streaming services have changed the way we experience music. But with huge music libraries giving access to millions of tracks with curated content to our favorite artists, slick interfaces and some with high-resolution audio support, you may be wondering which is the better service of the two most popular streaming services available. 

Whether you’re considering switching, or just want to know how your service of choice stacks up, then this face-off between Spotify and Apple Music — Spotify’s closest rival — will help you make up your mind as the Tom’s Guide team compares both services to find out which delivers the best overall experience for music fans.

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Specs compared

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Header Cell – Column 0 Apple Music Spotify
Library size >100 million tracks >80 million tracks
Audio quality Apple Music Lossless (from 16-bit/44.1kHz to 24-bit/48kHz) and Hi-Res Lossless (up to 24-bit/192kHz) Up to 320kbps
Audio file format ALAC Ogg/Vorbis
Platform support iOS and desktop iOS and Android apps, desktop, web player, smart TVs, connected speakers, cars
Exclusive features Works with Siri on the HomePod/HomePod mini; Apple Music 1 Radio; Cloud music locker; spatial audio Available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One; Spotify Studios podcasts

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Price and availability

Apple Music vs. Spotify

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Header Cell – Column 0 Apple Music Spotify
Starting Price $10.99 / £10.99 / AU$12.99 per month $10.99 / £10.99 / AU$12.99 per month
Student Price $5.99 / £5.99 / AU$5.99 per month $5.99 / £5.99 per month
‘Duo’ Household $14.99 / £14.99 / AU$17.99 per month, 2 accounts
Family Package $16.99 / £16.99 / AU$25.95 per month for 6 accounts $16.99 / £17.99 / AU$20.99 per month for 6 accounts
Annual Plan
$109.99 per year $99 per year (with gift card)

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