The music streaming market is on the rise. Gone are the days of buying music albums. Consumers have opted for online streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, Tidal, and others. Even big names like Apple and Google have targeted this segment with Apple Music and YouTube Music. It can be argued that Spotify is currently the industry leader. Meanwhile, Amazon Music is also growing rapidly with a long list of ecosystem products and Alexa integration.
Spotify seems to be focusing on different areas such as podcasts to increase supply and build a closed ecosystem with exclusive offers. Amazon is strengthening its music offering with the launch of Amazon Music HD, a music streaming service that leaves nothing to chance. In this article, we will compare Spotify and Amazon Music. The comparison covers cross-platform availability, interface, features, music experience, price, and more. Let’s get started.
Cross-platform availability Spotify vs Amazon Music
Spotify is available on desktop, mobile, and the web. You can access Spotify on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Apple Watch, Galaxy Wear, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Google Chromecast. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t support Amazon Fire TV either. Fire TV Stick.
However, you can use Spotify as a music source on Amazon’s Echo devices. Amazon Music is available on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Fire TV, Fire Stick, Echo dots, and other Amazon products.
The user interface has never been a strong point of Amazon applications. The same can be said about the Amazon Music app. It uses the bottom tabs for navigation which is good. But Amazon added a translucent effect that looks like something from 2010. You’ll see this effect in several UI elements.
However, the user experience is perfect. Each menu, settings, profile, is easily accessible with a few clicks.
Spotify’s user interface looks quite tempting for fans of dark mode. I have seen many users stick with Spotify for the beautiful interface. The app uses the standard lower tabs to navigate the options. I love the gradient effects that capture the main color of the album cover.
My only problem with Spotify is the “Your Library” menu. There’s no easy way to switch between music and podcasts in the Your Library menu. You have to reach whenever you want to switch between them.
Every music streaming service focuses on automatic recommendations and playlists. Spotify and Amazon Music are no different here. Amazon Music offers Celebrity Playlists, Trending Playlists, Recommended Albums, and Popular Albums.
Amazon added the “My Discovery Mix” algorithm, which creates a personalized playlist every Monday based on your listening habits. In the past four weeks of using Amazon Music, the recommendations have been questionable for me. Amazon continues to suggest Sufi and rock music, which I hardly listen to.
Spotify offers song suggestions based on the artists you follow. The service also offers several ready-made playlists to suit your moods, such as road trips, rain, partying and more.
Daily Mix is probably Spotify’s biggest selling point. Spotify creates seven Daily Mix playlists based on your listening habits. As for my experience with this service, the recommendation algorithm is top notch. I found a lot of new songs through their song recommendations.
When it comes to the song library, I found Spotify to have much better English song content than Amazon Music. Of course, the final results may vary by country. For example, a song available in the Spotify library in the United States may not be available in your country due to license restrictions.
Amazon has integrated the Alexa voice assistant with the Amazon Music app. You can just go to the tab Alexa, allow the microphone permission, and specify the song name. It works well and can be useful while driving.
Amazon Music also offers a sleep timer, which shuts down the music player after a set amount of time. I mostly use it at night because I don’t want my phone to keep playing songs while I’m sleeping. You can individually download songs and even stream them to a supported device using the built-in screenshot tool.
My favorite feature is the ability to see what others are listening to on Amazon Music. While listening to a song, you can tap the three-dot menu at the top and select the “Others are listening…” option to see what other people with similar tastes are listening to.
As I mentioned earlier, Spotify offers podcasts with music. If you’re someone who regularly listens to podcasts and don’t want a separate app for that, you can use Spotify. The podcast experience will only improve with Spotify’s aggressive push In the field.
The feature list includes uninterrupted playback, data saving mode, built-in equalizer, social integration and more. Unfortunately, there is no way to download a single song from an album. You can download the entire album or add the song to a playlist in the downloads section.
Music player, lyrics and listening experience
The listening experience was flawless with Spotify and Amazon Music. I had no problem connecting and playing songs on my Mi Wireless or OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z speakers. Amazon Music and Spotify offer high music quality of 320kbps. However, the default download settings on Spotify are set to Normal (96kbps). You need to change them to “Very High” in the Settings> Music Quality tab.
Amazon Music offers a standard but functional music player. All basic options are set. It also offers support for lyrics. While playing a song, you can swipe your finger from the album cover to read the lyrics in real time.
Spotify’s player screen is nicely laid out with large buttons that are easy to read and recognize. Spotify also offers a redesigned player screen when the phone is connected to the car’s Bluetooth. It features a minimalist design with large icons that help you get the job done while driving.
There is no support for lyrics on Spotify, but the company has partnered with Genie to provide the lyrics section while the song is playing. It’s good. Behind the lyrics combine the lyrics and fun facts that listeners are sure to enjoy.
Device and download limit
Spotify and Amazon Music allow you to use the service with as many devices as you want. But here’s a problem. Although you can download and install Spotify / Amazon Music on multiple devices, you can only stream songs using one device at a time.
Spotify Used to limit offline downloads with 10,000 songs. The company recently removed this limit for users. Amazon Music also offers unlimited downloads.
Spotify and Amazon Music allow you to download songs for later use. But sometimes Amazon Music failed to load offline library for me. I had to reconnect to the internet, update the offline library, and then the downloaded songs appeared. I haven’t encountered any such problem with Spotify.
A word about the desktop / web app
Spotify and Amazon Music are available on the web and on Windows / Mac. If you use these services a lot on the desktop, I recommend using Spotify. I found the Amazon Music desktop app slow and unintuitive.
Spotify’s desktop app is smooth and easy to use. Most of the options are well presented in the left sidebar. You can also change the offline download path, connect your Facebook account to the desktop app, and make changes for social sharing.
Which one to choose between Spotify and Amazon Music
The answer is simple. If you use a lot of Amazon products like FireTV and Echo devices, you should choose Amazon Music because it comes with the Prime subscription. If you want a beautiful user interface with timely guidance and if you are a seasoned podcast user, you should go ahead with Spotify. As far as I’m concerned, I’m sticking with Spotify for now. And you?