Amazon Music and Spotify are both reliable music streaming services, but Spotify’s personalization features make it a better fit for most people

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There’s never been a better time to jump in and commit to a music streaming service than right now. The ability to save nearly any song to your library for on-demand listening at home or on the go is a game-changer. Spotify and Amazon Music are great services in this regard and both are well worth considering.

Each platform has around 70 million songs available, along with their own set of features. Both have apps for iPhones, Android smartphones, computers, and other popular devices so you’ll be able to listen in dozens of ways.

That said, there are a few differences that could make one service a better fit over the other. We compared the two across a variety of categories to help you decide which is right for you.

Updated on 4/8/2021 by Ben Blanchet: This article has been revised with updated details and features for each service.

Amazon Music vs Spotify: which is better?

Spotify may be the world’s most popular streaming music service, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider Amazon Music. Both have a lot to offer in the unique features they provide. 

In fact, Amazon Music appears to be trying hard to differentiate itself in the world of streaming by offering a plan with higher fidelity tracks, along with some nice perks for Amazon Prime members. Spotify, meanwhile, sticks to standard music bitrates and streamlined subscription offerings, which could make it a more convenient solution for people who just need a casual music listening service.

Let’s take a look at how each stacks up against the other in some key areas.

Feature comparison

 
Amazon Music
Spotify

Monthly cost:
Free-$20
Free-$15

Song catalog size:
Around 70 million songs
Around 70 million songs

High-fidelity music:
Paid upgrade
Coming later this year

Notable features:
X-Ray lyrics, Alexa voice assistant
Best in class playlists, podcast support

Platforms supported:
iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Web
iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Web

Pricing and plans

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Both Spotify and Amazon Music can be used for free, but the free tiers are significantly limited and largely amount to Internet radio on mobile. As is common, both services allow for 30-day trials to test their paid versions.

Spotify plans

The paid plans and pricing for Spotify are streamlined compared to Amazon. Plans include: Free, Premium, Premium Duo, and Premium Family, and Premium Student.

Spotify’s ad-supported plan is completely free. This option lets you listen to any song through the desktop app, but you do have to deal with constant ads. If you don’t want commercials, you can choose one of Spotify’s Premium plans. The more expensive options allow you to add more users, so multiple people in the same household can listen at the same time.

 
Spotify Free
Spotify Premium
Spotify Premium Duo
Spotify Premium Family

Monthly price:
Free
$10
$13
$15

Ad-free music:
No
Yes
Yes
Yes

Accounts:
One
One
Two
Six

Song catalog:
70 million
70 million
70 million
70 million

CD-quality:
No
No
No
No

Students can also take advantage of a discounted Premium rate of just $5 a month. As a bonus, this plan also comes with a complimentary Hulu and Showtime …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Tech

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