Spotify is in the running for the title for the most successful streaming service far ahead of Apple. But is that really true? iTunes is soon history. For this Apple will release three new apps in the fall. We’ll explain why this might be a clever idea.
In the fall, the new Apple operating system Mac OS Catalina for Mac will be released. The update also means the end for iTunes. Apple replaces the multimedia software with three new apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV.
Apple hopes that splitting it will make it even easier to discover our favorite music, new TV shows, movies and podcasts.
Actually, it sounds as if the change would cost us more time and nerves. After all, we no longer find all the content in one place, but have to manage three apps and switch back and forth.
Spotify is available to all
Spotify, on the other hand, has collected everything in one place. We have recently explained in detail that the Swedish concern is much more than a streaming service. Here we want to compare Spotify but only as such with Apple Music.
Apple Music has not been able to outperform Spotify so far. This was probably due to the fact that the streaming service was long accessible only with an Apple device. The weakness has been fixed and the app is also available for Android users. Spotify was that much earlier.
In addition, Spotify makes it easier for us to complete a family subscription. We can easily share the streaming service with other people. The procedure with Apple Music is different. For this, every user also needs an Apple ID.
Bye, iTunes – Hello Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV
So Apple has already begun to open its world to non-customers. To what extent the new apps – Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV – will also be available to Microsoft and Android users, but so far unclear.
In any case, Apple proposes a different approach than its competitor Spotify: instead of a crowded app with all audio and video formats, there will soon be just three narrow platforms.
That may be a decisive advantage for the US company. We have more space for our favorite formats, they can much easier arrange and find accordingly. The operation in several apps may be more practical.
According to a press release, the new music app should be “incredibly fast, entertaining and easy to use”. The application should contain over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.
Whether we load songs, buy or import from a CD, Apple wants us to have access to our complete library.
Apple Podcasts comes with over 700,000 broadcasts and new categories, self-created collections of experts and new search tools for future favorite podcasts.
Here Spotify should however have the nose ahead. Thanks to the new Soundtrap feature, Swedes will soon be able to offer a wealth of exclusive content.
Apple TV becomes more personal
But Apple TV shines soon with their own channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and series. While Spotify can hold with music clips, documentaries and exclusive video series against it. The larger features but unpacks the California company.
The new operating system TV OS 13 promises not only a video preview in the revised home screen and new 4K HDR videos. Also, Apple’s own game service Apple Arcade has received a prominent place.
Apple then no longer wants to support only specifically for Apple TV developed gaming controller. We should also be able to play with our controllers for the Xbox One S and Playstation 4.
Spotify has easier access than iTunes
What Spotify makes its customers much easier than Apple: The Swedish streaming service is also available for free. Then, though, with commercial breaks, which can sometimes annoy pretty. But at least we have the opportunity, even without a free trial subscription in the application to sniff.
Apple Music can only be used with a completed subscription. The prices are about ten euros for an individual and about 15 euros for a family of up to six people the same as Spotify. However, the free trial is here for a full three months. With Spotify you have to pay after one month.
Apple Music is well worth it for Apple users
How worthwhile the division of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV will ultimately be remains to be seen.
The signs for the innovation for Apple customers are good. After all, all applications seem to have plenty to offer. Above all, the split apps could provide much more overview.
It also seems that Apple customers will benefit more from the new apps than from Spotify, given the sheer volume of features.
It only gets a bit awkward if we want to share a premium account with family members who do not have an Apple ID. The first would have to invest one.
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