The music streaming war is at its peak. Every business wants a cake from this growing market trend. So far, Spotify is leading the way with an absolute majority. The big ones like Amazon, Apple and Google with YouTube Music are doing everything to reach Swedish society. Of course, we also wondered which one to choose and that led to this YouTube Music vs Spotify comparison for streaming music.
Speaking of Google, their journey has been rich in music streaming events. The search giant first tried its luck with Google Play Music, made it available by default on all Android devices, but failed to gain popularity with users. Google later abandoned Play Music and announced YouTube Music, a brand new music service with audio and video integration.
To counter Spotify, Google is looking to leverage the YouTube platform for deep integration and aims to offer better value for money. In this article, we compare YouTube Music and Spotify. The comparison will cover their user interface, menu, listening experience, price, features, etc. Let’s get started.
Spotify is available on all platforms. The app is accessible on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Web, Apple Watch, and Galaxy Watch. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Google made YouTube Music available on iOS, Android, Web, Windows, and macOS (via Progressive web application ).
YouTube Music uses a nice dark theme throughout the interface. You can browse the main options below. The Settings menu and search remain at the top. The Library menu is neatly divided into downloads, favorite songs, artists, and playlists. I like the way the player UI changes color depending on the music album.
Spotify has the best user interface among all other music streaming apps. Use a gradient theme in menus and sections. It almost gives you an ambient lighting effect.
Unlike YouTube Music, the search menu is located at the bottom which is useful for easy access. Spotify also changes the player UI according to the album color, but again the overall look and feel is better than YouTube Music.
Discover the songs
The discovery of new music is as important as the listening experience. After all, these music streaming services offer millions of songs to the user, and you won’t want to spend a lot of time looking for new songs.
As for YouTube Music, the service requires languages and interested artists for a personalized homepage. When you search for a song and start playing it, the app automatically queues similar suggestions for the user.
As expected, YouTube Music has playlists ready for workout, driving, good humor, and more. My favorite function is Discover Mix, which collects a list of 50 songs and is updated every Wednesday based on my listening habits and the songs I like.
The concept is identical to Apple’s New Music Daily and Spotify’s New Music Friday. Spotify also requires preferred languages and artists for better recommendations. You can search for new songs by going to categories like Rock, Dance, Chill, Jazz and more.
When you create a playlist, Spotify suggests multiple songs based on the added songs. And I have to say they usually hit the spot.
Spotify also creates a “Discover Weekly” playlist which brings together a list of new songs based on your listening history and songs you liked. It doesn’t stop there. Spotify generates four daily mixed playlists, which combine your most played and new songs.
As expected, both services offer high-quality music streaming at 320 kbps. YouTube Music offers stats for the nerdy option, which displays the technical data of a song. You can enable the option by going to settings> reading & restriction> enable stats for nerd menu.
As for the bluetooth streaming, it worked as expected with my Mi e speaker. Funcl AI wireless headphones. There were no delays or strange behavior. My only problem was that YouTube Music couldn’t pick up a song with a single tap on the right ear cup of my headphones. It worked perfectly with Apple Music and Spotify. I would love to see text support in a future update.
Spotify provides a few features to personalize and improve the overall end user’s listening experience. Uninterrupted playback can be enabled to eliminate the delay between two songs.
It also comes with a built-in equalizer to adjust your music listening tastes. Spotify provides audio normalization to balance all songs on one scale. I generally don’t prefer that.
My favorite addition is behind the lyrics section. It is located just below the listening interface and provides lyrics and anecdotes about the song.
YouTube Music has added the video and live performance section to the app. While listening to a song, you can quickly go to the video and play the clip from YouTube. I like the integration, but I hate the behavior where my YouTube Music search history syncs with the YouTube app.
YouTube Music also supports Siri Shortcuts. It is available in the Settings menu. I set it up to play my Bollywood playlist when I say, “Hey Siri, play some music”.
Spotify wants to be the centerpiece of all of a user’s audio streaming needs. Last year the company has invested much in podcast products and now offers a solid in-app podcast experience. Go to search, scroll down to podcasts, and start following channels.
The app also includes integration with Facebook. You can connect it to your social account and follow your friends. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t offer Siri shortcuts or support for iOS widgets.
Spotify offers three plans. The premium version costs € 9.99 per month. The student plan has a 50% discount to € 4.99 per month and the family plan starts at € 14.99 per month, which allows you to add five additional members. Added features include ad-free experience, high quality music, and unlimited downloads. These prices are for the US region and may vary by country.
YouTube Music is part of YouTube Premium, which costs € 9.99 per month. The family package is set at € 14.8 per month. The plan offers an ad-free YouTube experience, unlimited downloads, and background video playback.
As you can see from the comparison above, YouTube Music and Spotify have their pros and cons. YouTube Music shines with video integration and Siri shortcuts. Spotify outperforms its competition with more accurate song suggestions, podcast add-on, better user interface, and lyrics integration.