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Apple Music vs Spotify: A Visual Comparison

July 2nd, 2015 at 4:57 PM
Apple Music Vs Spotify

After months of anticipation, Apple Music is finally out in the wild. Thus far, initial reviews of Apple’s foray into the streaming music business have been largely positive, aside from a few expected software glitches that will hopefully be ironed out in the coming days.

Of course, Apple Music is entering an already saturated market currently dominated by Spotify. What’s more, Spotify, in addition to being beloved by millions of users, has a multi-year head start on Apple Music.

All of this begs the question: How does Apple Music compare to Spotify?

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While Apple Music already has a deeper library of music than Spotify, not to mention curated playlists and Beats 1 Radio, one topic of comparison that hasn’t been fully tackled head-on is how the user interface design of each respective service compares.

To answer this question, someone recently put up an album on Imgur comparing how Apple Music and Spotify are similar and different when it comes to their UI design.

The entire visual comparison is extremely extensive and well worth poring over if you’re an avowed Spotify user curious about perhaps checking out what Apple Music brings to the table.

Below are a few side by side examples.

Here we have the Library view for both services. While Apple’s presentation looks nicer, Spotify gives you more options right off the bat.

Next up we have the varying approaches to artist pages. While mostly similar, Spotify adds a playcount figure below each song, a handy indication of which songs are most popular and by which degree.

Next we have the Album view. Again, Apple’s layout looks better.

Make sure to hit the source link below for a full album of how Spotify’s UI measures up against Apple Music’s.



A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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