The great music debate: Apple Music vs. Spotify

Apples are sweeter than Spotify

by Maggie Prosser


Spotify is frustrating for me. I tried and tried to get used to the app and never did. Given, I never tried that hard. The ads are annoying. You end up memorizing them because they play so often. “The next thirty minutes are ad free thanks to the following sponsor…blah blah blah.” 

When Apple Music came out in 2015, I thought maybe I would have better luck with the app. Now, I would never go back to using Spotify. Ever. 

Apple Music is user-friendly. Apple Music is organized by your library, “for you”, browse, radio and search. It is easy to navigate. 

Any song you want is at the reach of your fingertips. You have to be on wifi to listen to music, but you also have the option to download songs to your library. 

If you do this, you can listen any time without internet connection. This can end up taking up a lot of room on your phone if you don’t have much storage, but I think it is completely worth it. 

Cost-wise, Apple Music and Spotify run about the same per month. For an unlimited or “Premium” account on both apps it is $9.99 per month. 

If you want a six person family plan on Apple Music you can grab a deal of $14.99 per month. Apple Music pulls in users by offering a student deal of $4.99 per month. 

Apple has the upper hand because several artists have chosen to have certain albums only on Apple Music. Taylor Swift’s “1989” and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”  are exclusively on Apple Music. 

Some artists prefer to only be on one platform, so there’s less of a chance of music piracy. 

My favorite part of Apple Music is the recommendations it gives me for new music. I have found some of my favorite new songs through this feature. Everything from Vance Joy to Arctic Monkeys has shown up. 

According to the March Network Survey, about 14.9 percent of Marian girls are using Apple Music compared to 79 percent of Spotify users. I’m always rooting for the underdog. 

Apple Music is definitely a personal preference, but it’s always going to have my heart. 

Spotify is the apple of my eye

by Abby McLaughlin

h, good ol’ Spotify. I remember the first time I downloaded it. I was going to Kansas City with my grade school and one of classmates asked if I had Spotify. Being the confused eighth grader I was, I asked “What’s Spotify?” After being filled in on one of man’s greatest inventions, I immediately downloaded the app.

When I first downloaded the app, I was so confused. I had a three-song playlist called ‘Jamz’ with ‘Low’ by Flo-Rida, ‘Promiscuous Girl’ by Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland ‘Thrift Shop’ by Macklemore. 

I ended up deleting the app due to storage and lack of use. However, once I came to Marian, I immediately redownloaded it. Spotify is perfect on the iPad. You can experience ad free listening for 30 minutes if you watch a 30 second ad, which is very handy and irresistible to me.

Once sophomore year rolled around, I was a Spotify junky. Over Christmas break, they were having a promotion where you could get Premium for three months for .99 cents.

Being fed up with all the ads, I decided to purchase. After the three months I was planning on canceling, but, a little over two years later, I’m still paying that $9.99 every month.

Spotify is great because they keep all your playlists. I like to make a playlist for every month of the year. 

With Spotify I can keep the playlists up for as long as I like, and then go back and listen to my old playlists, and even make a folder for each year of my playlists.

 I love the layout of Spotify. Being a more Type-A person, having everything categorized into lists makes it easier to find my music. 

While I know not all music is on Spotify, (Beyonce, please put Lemonade on Spotify, thank you), they have a wide array of everything from rap to country, and even podcasts.

Another thing I love about Spotify is the Discover Weekly playlists.Every week, Spotify creates a playlist specifically for you. 

The double-edged sword is that it updates every week so you get new music. But if you liked a song, you have to save it to another playlist or to Your Songs, which is just a collection of songs you’ve saved. 

The “Browse” option is nice because the app offers different playlists for different moods and the Top Charts. You can even purchase concert tickets. 

On the desktop or laptop version, you can even see what people you’re following are listening to. I like this feature because it helps me find music that I probably wouldn’t have found or listened to if I wasn’t following that person.

Overall, I really enjoy Spotify. It’s super user-friendly; it allows you to find new music easily. During the Grammys, I decided to give Apple Music a try. I didn’t like that you had to purchase it right off the bat. Even though I did, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. 

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The Network is the student newspaper of Marian High School, Nebraska's only Class A College-Preparatory School for young women.

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