Bradley Chambers. Apple Music and Spotify are the dominant players in the streaming music industry. Spotify just announced they have 75 million paid subscribers with million total active users.
Exploring the music
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. And Apple Music has become increasingly important to Apple over the years — especially since it replaced iTunes in Even Android users can use the service, which might come as a surprise when Apple likes to wall-off its hardware and services — and in the name of spreading the Apple love, its music service is even supported on Amazon Echo speakers. Apple Music also offers extensive music discovery channels including round-the-clock radio station 'Apple Music 1' formerly known as Beats 1 featuring renowned radio DJs like Zane Lowe, as well as social features that aim to put artists and bands closer to their fans. It's all exciting stuff. You'll definitely want to dig into Apple Music if you're interested in the Apple HomePod too — right now it's the only service the great-sounding speaker fully supports, though that's set to change, with Apple announcing "a new program to integrate third-party music services" at WWDC That pricing is the same as most of Apple Music's competitors, but the family plan is a nice addition and offers real value for money.
Apple Music: Getting started
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 Music is a streaming service that offers users curated music collections, algorithmically generated playlists, and live radio. The service competes directly with Spotify with its offerings, and has captured a large portion of the streaming market in only a few years. The headphone business continues to operate within Apple, but the digital music service called Beats Music transitioned into Apple Music.