Spotify gifts new music to users

Jillian Sanders, Editor-in-chief

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The music industry is evolving.

After the release of Spotify in 2008 and Apple Music last year, more Americans are streaming music digitally than ever before. I personally used Spotify’s free service from Aug. 2014- Oct. 2015 before my mom bought Apple Music for the whole family. However, despite Apple Music’s ability to sync with all Apple devices, I’ve found that the iPhone’s own music app pales in comparison to its green, “hipper” counterpart.

Although Apple Music and Spotify both hold that they have 30 million songs in their library, Spotify’s plethora of music is much more accessible to users due to its “Discover Weekly” service, which Apple has failed to match. Every Monday, Spotify pops in a tailored, two-hour playlist with music that follows your line of taste.

Spotify’s hand-curated playlists by actual users, bands, and artists themselves allow listeners to find hidden gems and sounds that they otherwise never would have found listening to the radio.”

Spotify excels at looking at the artists and genres you love, then gives you new music similar to your old favorites. This service is reminiscent of many public libraries and bookstores  “like this? Then read this” marketing. Unlike Apple Music’s company-generated  playlists that show up in the “for you” tab, Discover Weekly actually has new music to offer that your ears will like. While using Apple Music, I rarely ever use their suggested playlists because they never contain the kind of music that I prefer to listen to.

And another roast on Apple Music playlists: they only have mainstream music, or artists’ most popular songs cherry picked into their mixes. Not only are their playlists hardly ever tailored to what I like, the playlists never allow me to find new music. I don’t want to listen to “An Intro To Coldplay,” because I already have listened to all of Coldplay’s music. Thanks for noticing, Apple.

Spotify’s hand-curated playlists by actual users, bands, and artists themselves allow listeners to find hidden gems and sounds that they otherwise never would have found listening to the radio. Except for Spotify radio, because in actuality, you can still find tons of new music there as well.

This past week, I decided I had to strike a compromise. I could no longer live without good playlists. I now have Spotify’s free service to allow me to find new music via my Discover Weekly playlist, and then I add those songs to my Apple Music library. It’s the best of both worlds, honestly.

However, if Apple Music were not provided to me by my family (which I am super grateful for,) I would certainly be subscribing to Spotify premium. The verdict is in, y’all: when deciding between Apple Music and Spotify, Spotify wins by a landslide.

 

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