First, a simple answer for anyone who is already in Spotify or Apple Music: if you have one that you like, do not miss it. Both are excellent in what they do, and none of them have any essential features. But if you are indecisive or you go out of the free trial version, here's how to choose which money to give.
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If you have the files you want to listen to, get Apple Music
I have Apple Music for one of the reasons: It's the easiest service to use if you have bootlegs, personal mixes, any music you can not find in streaming, but you still want to listen.
For example, I have CDs from this series, called FabricLive (these are excellent DJ sets from this club in London). These albums have changed versions of copyrighted songs, which is difficult to undo streaming service. I use iTunes and a CD drive from my MacBook Air 2011 to save copies, and then I can access them from the phone. (You can also work on Spotify, but it also includes inappropriate import procedures, and the result does not sound very good).
If you often go through the device, get Spotify
My biggest complaint about otherwise excellent Apple Music is that of iTunes can to play streaming music, it does the same as five years ago. On the other hand, Spotify has an excellent desktop that you can use to control remote speakers. For example, from my popular mechanics table, I could start playing Echo Dot and a Bluetooth speaker in my mom's home, which is in another state. You can even play through the web browser interface.
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Apple Music works on iTunes. Just not as impeccable as Spotify.
If you want to find unclear things, get Apple Music
Spotify says it has "30 million plus" songs. Apple says it has "40 million". In practice, this mismatch will appear every bit, where, for a particular artist, Apple Music will have another Spotify album or access to an exclusive live release. But conversely, it can be true. What's to be said, no one will guarantee the maximum permissible access, and there is always a possibility of expanding availability.
Apple sometimes gets premature releases before they hit Spotify. Artists such as Drake and Frank Ocean signed an agreement with Apple earlier, and are likely to follow. So if you need to hear a new release exactly when it comes out, Apple Music is more likely to have it.
If you want to pick people, get Apple Music
Another thing Apple has to do is Spotify: it does the radio stations. I was among the first of my friends to find great new songs because I heard them on Beat 1. Apple Music also has radio shows for artists like Run the Jewels, and genre-like or decade-old stations like hip-hop and In the 80's, Spotify had playlists, but his work was limited to similar song algorithms.
That said, for algorithms, Spotify has discovered the weekly function is reliably fantastic. I did not find anything in Apple Music that does the same as the Discovery Weekly Playlist.
If you use Alexa, get Spotify
I often play Apple Music from my phone on Sonos One speakers using AirPlay. As long as my phone and speakers are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can control them. But if you like using Alex to call music, Apple Music will not work smoothly. Spotify just looks nice with Echo devices, and as long as Apple sells HomePod, I do not expect the company to work well with Amazon's speakers.
Note on sound quality
Spotify and Apple Music use similar speeds for their music, and the result is that everyone, except for serious listeners with impressive equipment, has difficulty seeing any difference between the two services.
I do not know any unsatisfied Spotify buyer, so I recommend it to anyone who tries to decide. The service has every song that most users may want, an intuitive navigation system, Discover the Weekly and Compatibility with Alexa devices. But I'm going back to Apple Music for the reasons that only geeks really want: accessing a few more tracks, Beats 1 and other radio stations with people who find your music, and it allows me to put bootlegs in my library.
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