The race between the music streaming giants continues with Apple Music recently announcing they have about a third of Spotify’s 20 million paying customers. As the chase of Spotify continues, we’ve taken a quantitative look to find out which music service is the best right now.
Keep reading to find out who has the best music recommendations, radio feature and much more! At the bottom of the post you can also download an infographic summarising all the results.
The testers evaluated the music services across 12 categories that were divided into 3 rounds and the winner was the one who won the most rounds. The first round looks at everything relating to the music, the second round the information beyond the music and the third round the practical elements of using the service.
There has been a lot of talk about the music recommendations within the services. For example, Apple Music has talked about their recommendations being handpicked by teams of experts and they certainly back that up with a 90% positive score, dominating both Spotify and Tidal.
It goes without saying it’s important for a music service to have a sizeable music catalog and Spotify takes home this category. However it’s interesting to note, despite having about 20 times less music, our testers prefer Pandora’s music catalog to Tidal’s.
It comes as no surprise that Pandora, which is basically one big radio feature, takes home this category. All the other streaming services got comments along the lines of “it tends to repeat often”, from our testers.
Connection with Artists
“Artists. Fans. Zero interference”, you can read on Apple Music’s website. We’re not sure if that’s true, but they’re certainly outdoing the others when it comes to connecting the users and the artists.
Premium Sound Quality
Tidal has been promoting a premium sound quality, however it doesn’t stand out here. Spotify falls behind all the others. We also asked if they would be willing to pay extra for premium sound quality. Only 8% was.
And this means we have a winner. By winning 2/3 rounds we can announce that Apple Music is the best music streaming service right now! It’s impressive to see Apple take home the trophy, considering they’ve only recently moved in to Spotify’s neighbourhood. Although it should be said, our test shows Spotify still has a slight edge in the music department, which after all is vital. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE INFOGRAPHIC