Spotify vs. Google Play Music: Which must you subscribe to?

Algorithmic powerhouse

Spotify Premium

Aging hybrid

Google Play Music

Spotify is nice for social listeners that do not purchase music and belief Spotify to serve up what’s standard or what the algorithms say they like. It’s additionally nice for customers who simply desire a little bit of music to fill their lives and tech fiends that swap units too incessantly for Google Play Music’s machine restrict coverage.

$10/mo. at Spotify

Pros

Top-notch subscription catalog
Best-in-class playback handoff between units
Best streaming bundle for college kids

Cons

10,000 tune library restrict simple to hit over time
No cloud integration for bought or uploaded music
Inferior assist expertise, particularly on Android

Google Play Music suits customers with well-established private music libraries and people with specific playlist tastes that may’t be happy by subscription music catalogs alone. For $2 extra, you can too unlock premium options on YouTube and YouTube Music.

$10/mo. at Google

Pros

Best integration of bought/uploaded music
Stable, constant efficiency with fast bug fixes
Cache whereas streaming builds offline library effortlessly

Cons

Uncertain future with YouTube Music ‘changing it’
Low machine de-authorization restrict
App has gotten a bit bloated and off

Sound Quality and Device Limitations

Spotify and Play Music Playlists

Spotify and Play Music Playlists

Spotify Premium presents audio streaming qualities as much as 320 kbps on “Extreme quality” and as much as 256 kbps whereas enjoying on Chromecast. Google Play Music presents audio streaming qualities as much as 320kbps on each subscription and uploaded music, although the standard of uploaded music relies on the standard of tracks uploaded.

Spotify
Google Play Music
Wear OS app
✔️
✔️
Android TV app
✔️
✔️
Web consumer
✔️
✔️
Desktop consumer
Download/add solely
✔️
Chromecast compatibility
✔️
✔️
Google Assistant compatibility
✔️
✔️
Max audio high quality
320 kbps
320 kbps
Offline limits
5 units 10,000 songs
10 units
Device limits
Only for offline (5 units)
10 units

Spotify helps you to stream Spotify on as many units as you want however you possibly can solely obtain music for offline playback on as much as 5 units, as much as 10,000 songs. Meanwhile, Google Play Music has a 10-device restrict for authorizations with a four-device de-authorization restrict per 12 months. Luckily, in your 10 approved units, you possibly can obtain as a lot music as can match in your machine’s storage.

Spotify Connect FTW

Spotify Connect FTW

Both Play Music and Spotify have apps for Wear OS and Android TV, and each assist Google Cast and Android Auto. Spotify makes use of Spotify Connect to hook up with a greater variety of audio system and units than simply Google Cast, together with Sonos and automobile methods.

Library and Features

Both Google Play Music and Spotify have over 40 million songs accessible to their customers to stream. Spotify would not allow you to add your personal music library, and you’ll solely add 10,000 songs from the streaming catalog to Your Library. Google Play Music helps you to add 50,000 private songs to your Play Music library and stream them wherever totally free, and you’ll add as many subscription songs and bought songs to your library as you want.

Spotify
Google Play Music
Songs accessible
40 million+
40 million+
Library restrict
10Okay
Unlimited subscription music, 50,000 tune uploads
Playlist measurement limits
10Okay
1,000 songs
Lyrics
Genius Lyrics (show on machine and Chromecast)
Only accessible by way of Google Search
Gapless playback
Crossfade solely (and never when casting)
✔️
App theming
Dark theme, backside tabs
White theme, hamburger menu
Support Quality
More new options, very sluggish to repair bugs on Android, much less responsive assist employees
Quick bug fixes, very responsive assist employees, few new options

Spotify’s darkish theme offers the app a cleaner, crisper look that is far simpler on the eyes throughout late night time jam classes, and its backside tab format is less complicated for leaping between sections of the app than Google Play Music’s hamburger drawer — particularly on the latest gesture system on Android Q Beta. Play Music’s Now Playing Queue helps you to see forward over a dozen songs on radio stations and you’ll swipe away songs you do not like. Spotify would not actually present you what is developing on radio stations and queue administration is ever so barely insane.

Dark and Light libraries

Dark and Light libraries

Spotify’s automated stations and urged songs appear to be barely extra correct of their predictions than Google Play Music’s. Spotify additionally presents up Discover Weekly and Daily Mix playlists that will help you maintain your music recent, which trounce Play Music’s Feeling Lucky radio station simply.

Considering how closely we depend on our music apps, it’s value mentioning that whereas Google Play Music shouldn’t be receiving as many shiny new options as Spotify, bugs are fastened far, far quicker on Google Play Music. Google Play Music additionally has instantaneous chat assist in addition to over-the-phone assist, whereas with Spotify, you possibly can both tweet your issues to @SpotifyCares or utilizing a regular contact kind and hoping for a speedy e-mail again.

Plans and Pricing

Spotify Premium for Family and Google Play Music’s household plan are each $14.99 a month and quit to 6 customers their very own premium subscription account. Everyone on a Spotify household plan has to dwell on the identical handle, and you’ll’t change addresses as soon as it begins; if you happen to transfer, you both must go to particular person plans or delete your accounts and begin over. Google Play Music’s household plan doesn’t require everybody to dwell beneath the identical roof, which Spotify Premium for Family not solely requires, however enforces.

Spotify
Google Play Music
Standard Price
$10/month
$10/month
Student Discount?
$5/month w/ Hulu
Only on YouTube Premium

Family plan?
$15/month
$15/month
Music integration choices

Upload 50Okay songs totally free, Google Play music retailer integration
Video bundle choices
Hulu (Students solely)
YouTube Premium ($12/month)
Available nations
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Spotify Student bundles Spotify Premium, Hulu (ad-supported), and Showtime for $5/month, making it the very best deal in media streaming, however if you happen to’re not an American faculty pupil, the subsequent finest deal in the marketplace is YouTube Premium. For $12/month for a person — or $18/month for the household plan — you possibly can unlock premium options in Google Play Music, YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube VR.

Buy-one-get-one music service: A phrase about YouTube Music

No. Stop it. Bad!

No. Stop it. Bad!

Google Play Music comes with premium entry to the revamped YouTube Music, which is ultimately supposed to interchange it. There are a number of essential issues to remember:

There’s so much to love in YouTube Music, however even a 12 months on, it is nonetheless very a lot a beta product with a complete lot of bugs and lacking options that it must get so as earlier than any migration may happen.
If/when that migration happens down the highway, your library will migrate over at the moment together with your uploaded/bought music locker.
Google Play Music and YouTube Premium each include YouTube Music Premium, so you should use each apps and benefit from their particular person strengths — YouTube Music’s unbeatable YouTube-powered choice and Google Play Music’s normalcy and stability.

Algorithmic powerhouse

Spotify Premium

Magical mixtapes and pupil signups have made Spotify a juggernaut.

Spotify’s pupil bundle is the very best in media streaming right this moment, and it is exhausting to interrupt away from the siren tune of Spotify’s shuffles as soon as that low cost ends. Between its many exclusives, well-known algorithms, and the straightforward magic of Spotify Connect, Spotify is a music service with so much to like, even when Spotify’s assist on Android is not fairly nearly as good.

Aging hybrid

Google Play Music

Despite the unsure future, it is nonetheless a strong worth.

Google Play Music is the final of its variety on Android: a music service that lets you combine subscription music with a private music locker of bought and uploaded music. With YouTube Music nonetheless a piece in progress, Google Play Music is a two-in-one service that is effectively value your time, cash, and music. It’s additionally a part of the very best non-student streaming bundle round: YouTube Premium.