YouTube Music or Spotify, which app is better? It can be difficult to choose one of the two most popular streaming music apps for Android. Both offer very similar functionalities, practically identical plans, and some interesting extra functions. In this article, we review everything that each app offers and we tell you which one is the best for listening to music on your mobile.
PRICES AND FREE OFFER
Both Spotify and YouTube Music offers a free plan with some limitations. For example, in both cases, we have a limit to pass songs and we cannot download music for offline listening either. Both platforms offer different subscription options.
The individual plan, so that a single person can listen to music on their devices, is 10 euros per month in both cases. Both YouTube Music and Spotify offer different discounts. Among them, a family plan for 15 euros per month, which includes the possibility of adding up to 5 accounts that reside in the same address. Also a version for students (individual). In this case, the price is 5 euros per month, but you have to confirm that you are a student.
Spotify has some point in its favor. First of all, they usually have different promotions for new users. For example, the possibility of having 3 months of Spotify for 10 euros per month.
Or on many occasions an offer with a month of Spotify for 1 euro. In addition, they also have a Duo plan. For 6.50 euros per month, you can log into Spotify with two accounts that reside at the same address. This plan is perfect if you live with your partner or roommate. To watch YouTube on your TV, you must Youtube Com Activate TV.
MUSIC AND VIDEO CATALOG
As for the catalog of songs, and videos, it is difficult to compare both services. Both YouTube Music and Spotify offer a massive number of songs and artists, and virtually all new releases are available on both platforms at the same time. Of course, both YouTube and Spotify offer some exclusive functions on this topic.
For example, with YouTube Music, we can watch the music videos of the artists without having to leave the application. Although Spotify also offers the function of vertical videos, which in many cases are exclusive to the platform. YouTube Music also offers exclusive content. For example, live performances, songs customized by artists etc. Spotify doesn't offer as many options in this regard.
Something that Spotify does offer and that YouTube Music doesn't have is the ability to play podcasts. In the case of YouTube Music we will have to download the Google Podcast. In Spotify, we find them within the app, without having to download anything else.
And on the PlayLists, here both tie. Both Spotify and YouTube Music have lists with the most successful songs of the moment, as well as different artists, musical genres, etc. Of course, on YouTube Music we have a list of the most popular videos of the moment, something that we do not have available on Spotify.
ADVANCED FEATURES, WHO OFFERS MORE?
What advanced features does each application offer? YouTube Music has very interesting options. For example, smart downloads. But Spotify also has some advanced features to be aware of.
In YouTube Music we can see the lyrics of the songs in a simple way. In addition, it gives us information about the song or artist, as well as the next song to be played. It also has smart downloads. With this function, YouTube automatically downloads songs related to the genre, album or artist we listen to. In this way, we will always have music to enjoy without an internet connection.
In Spotify we cannot see the lyrics of the songs so easily, although it does incorporate an option that shows relevant information about the song or the artist. It also has the famous vertical videos, which are often created by artists exclusively for the app. In addition, it has a timer; very useful if we want to listen to music before sleeping. This timer is in the top menu of the song and allows us to stop the audio in a time of up to 1 hour.
INTERFACE, SYNCHRONIZATION AND COMPATIBILITY
The truth is that the two applications are very similar. Both have a menu at the bottom with different categories, such as the 'Explore' or 'Search' function, a tab to the library and a start menu, where all the songs related to what we listen to appear. The playback interface is also very similar. Here I like YouTube Music more, since we can watch videos horizontally or put the album or single cover in full screen.
Regarding synchronization and compatibility: both YouTube Music and Spotify are available on a large number of devices: iPhone, iPad, Android mobiles, desktop version... The synchronization is also very good: both platforms support Chromecast, although on Spotify we can use AirPlay, something that in YouTube Music we cannot.
CONCLUSION, WHICH IS BETTER?
Bottom line: the two apps are very similar and offer very good features. Each one can be very useful depending on the use we want to give it and the device we have. For example, if we use iPhone, it may be more advisable to download Spotify, since the integration is better. Especially since it has AirPlay support. Another positive point about Spotify is that it has more plans, so we can save a little more money if we live with our partners or are students.
However, YouTube Music on Android has a slight advantage over Spotify. Apart from the fact that it is compatible with Chromecast and we can send the music to our smart speaker or TV, we log in with our Google account, so we can have everything more synchronized. YouTube Music is also a good option if you like to watch music videos or play songs without limitations, but sometimes with advertising.