Apple Music Replay: Spotify vs Apple Music
Apple Music Replay on the web
With Apple Music Replay, you can recreate the music that defined your year. Get insights into the most played artists and albums. And get a playlist of your best songs of the year — and one for every year you subscribe to Apple Music.
Get Apple Music Replay
- You need a subscription to Apple Music.
- Go to replay.music.apple.com.
- With your Apple Music subscription, Sign in with the same Apple ID that you use
- Click Get Your Replay Mix.
How does Apple Music Replay Work?
Apple Music Replay uses your Apple Music listening history to calculate the best songs, albums, and artists of the year.
Apple Music Replay also uses a variety of the other factors to determine which music you’ve played this year such as:
- Music plays on any device that’s signed in to Apple Music with your Apple ID
- Music played on devices with Use Listening History turned off is not included in Settings
- Count only music available in the Apple Music catalog
- Songs playing in your library must be synced with your Apple Music subscription
- Minimum playbacks and time spent listening to a song, artist or album
- Watch your best songs of the year
See the best songs you’ve listened to this year in one playlist updated weekly. And you get a replay playlist for every year you subscribe to Apple Music.
To save and access your reboot list on all your devices, tap + Add.
After you add a Replay playlist to your library, you can share it just like any other playlist you create. Your friends can add the Replay playlist to their library and get updates on the best played songs of the year.
Get insights into the artists and albums you listen to most
Scroll down to see how many artists you’ve listened to so far this year, and the hours you’ve spent listening to them.
You can also see the top 10 albums you’ve listened to so far, with the number of plays for each album.
Spotify vs Apple Music
In the battle of Spotify vs Apple Music, which is better off? Launched in 2008, Spotify has been the default music player for many people for years, but while Apple Music is only seven years old, the huge budgets of the world’s first $3 trillion company quickly made it a serious competitor to streaming.
You might assume that Apple Music is only for those limited to an iPhone, Mac, or iPad, but you’re wrong. Apple’s streaming platform is open to everyone, but can it compete with the big name synonymous with music streaming, Spotify? Let’s find out.
SPOTIFY VS APPLE MUSIC: Pricing
For the majority of the paid subscribers, the cost is exactly the same. Both Apple Music and Spotify charge $9.99 per month (or $4.99 for students), and you can also get a discount by paying $99.99 up front for an entire year, which brings the price down to $8.33 per month.
If you use other Apple services, you may want to consider an Apple One account (opens in a new tab), which combines Apple Music with other services including Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, and Apple Fitness Plus with prices starting From $14.95 per month.
This is the full list of Apple Music options, but Spotify has two more options that you might like. For $12.99 per month, you can get a “Duo” account aimed directly at couples. This behaves as you’d expect, but has the nice added bonus of each partner’s best songs being compiled into a shared playlist for the couple to enjoy.
Spotify also has a free tier, but it’s honestly not a particularly enjoyable experience with limitations designed to get users to upgrade to a paid subscription. You have severe restrictions on choosing the songs you want to listen to, there are limited skips, low sound quality, and frequent ad breaks. However, you can’t argue with the low price of “free”.
SPOTIFY VS APPLE MUSIC: CONNECTION
While you might assume from the name that Apple Music is only for iPhone and Mac, Apple has wisely decided that winning the streaming war means opening the door for Android and PC owners as well. As such, there are apps for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, and the library can be accessed through a web browser as well. Apple recently launched a PS5 app as well, so the company doesn’t seem to be resting on its laurels.
It’s better to be in the Apple ecosystem, of course, with support for the Apple TV, Apple Watch, and HomePod. It’s especially good in the latter, where you can deliver audio from your iPhone, or simply ask Siri to play your chosen tracks. However, the Amazon Echo users can also choose Apple Music as their preferred player, if you want to mix and match device manufacturers.
It’s all impressive, but it can’t (yet) rival Spotify, which has been synonymous with streaming music for more than a decade. As such, it has apps for everything you could possibly imagine, from your Xbox to your smart TV, plus built-in support from Google’s Nest Audio speakers.
SPOTIFY VS APPLE MUSIC: VERDICT
Just like in the battle of Spotify and Amazon Music, both services have their pros and cons. While Apple Music offers better and great sound quality to those who have fully invested in the Apple ecosystem, Spotify wins in terms of connectivity and podcasting.
The two offer impressively extensive libraries, although Apple Music’s ability to expand on that via iCloud Music Library gives it an edge there.
In the end, it may be best for you to get a free trial of both and see which one works best for your specific needs.