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Spotify vs. Apple Music

A split school, two sides divided by one thing… music.

Spotify and Apple Music are the two main ways that students at South listen to their favorite music. Both are great ways to enjoy music but they come with their positives and negatives.

Both are $10 a month, $15 a month for the family plan or $5 a month for the student discount. Differences such as earlier releases, multimedia abilities, layout and the ability to be more social on them may affect decisions between the two.

Apple Music is only available on Apple products so that means anyone with anything other than Apple cannot use it while Spotify is available to everyone. The layout of both of these are very similar, making it easy to listen to your favorite music as well as playlists you make.

“I like how easy Spotify is to use. The platform is very convenient to listen to music along with the other things you can do like create playlists,” said sophomore Garrett Anderson.

Depending on the artist, it is possible that they may only put their music on one or the other. Spotify tends to have more underground artists than Apple Music but some of the bigger artists only use Apple Music. Even when artists do release their music on both, sometimes they will release it on Apple Music before they do on Spotify.

“I like that I can look up any song at any time and nine times out of ten it will be there,” said sophomore Jessie Hagen, who uses Apple Music.

On both services, you are able to create your own playlist but on Spotify it connects you more to other people. You can look at other people’s accounts and listen to playlists that they have created if they choose for them to be public. If you follow anyone when you are on Spotify, you can see what your friends are listening to.

“That would be a really cool feature to have and be able to connect to my friends and other people,” said Hagen.

Another feature that Spotify has that Apple Music does not is the Multimedia feature. It allows you to have Spotify pulled up on your TV or Computer but gives you the ability to control it from your phone.

“The multimedia function is very convenient because if I am listening to music I can easily change the song, or if I’m in my room and I go downstairs, I can easily just turn it off from my phone,” said Anderson.

According to Business Insider, 50 million people worldwide use Spotify while only 20 million worldwide use Apple Music.

This has been and will continue to be a very controversial topic at South. Which side will you choose?