The giants of streaming offer a lot for music and podcast fans alike. Let's see how they compare on price, catalog, features and more. Apple Music and Spotify are the two biggest names in music streaming.
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Moving to Apple Music from other streaming services
The iTunes Store is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. As of April , iTunes offers 60 million songs, 2. Steve Jobs saw the opportunity to open a digital marketplace for music due to the rising popularity of easily downloadable tracks. In April , the iTunes Store was the largest music vendor in the United States,  and in February , it was the largest music vendor in the world. In , it was reported that music streaming services had overtaken digital downloads in sales.
How Apple Music compares to the competition
In comparison to music streaming sites like Spotify or Pandora, Apple Music can feel a bit mysterious. Anyone who signs up will have to pay a monthly fee to use the service. Considering that Apple Music offers live radio shows and interesting exclusives, this fee may be well worth it to the right buyers. Before we dive into the different pricing tiers Apple Music has to offer, we should note that all the subscriptions offer access to the same catalog of ad-free content, offline listening, Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows, and exclusive releases. Just like Spotify , Apple offers all students with a valid student email address from a supported educational institution half-off an Apple Music membership. The offer is available only for college students at this time. Looking to enroll up to six people in your household in an Apple Music plan? Currently, to qualify for the free six months, you must be signed up for either the Play More or the Get More Unlimited plan through Verizon. This opens up a new method to save on your subscription by paying for it with discounted Apple gift cards. The key is finding them, though.
Bradley Chambers. Apple Music and Spotify are the dominant players in the streaming music industry. Spotify just announced they have 75 million paid subscribers with million total active users. Apple recently hit 40 million subscribers.