Should You Switch From Spotify Or Apple Music To YouTube Music?
 
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Should You Switch From Spotify Or Apple Music To YouTube Music?

Jacqueline Yan
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Before the premium version was announced, being a Spotify fan, I didn’t even know that YouTube Music existed.

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I think I belong to the loyal-customer category, so I have a tendency to stick to a certain brand.

Unless something else fantastic comes along with super-competitive prices, then it’s bye-bye, brand loyalty…

#notashamed

So, with a new player in the market (geddit?), the most important question here? How does YouTube Music Premium compare with Spotify Premium and Apple Music?


TL;DR – Are YouTube Music Premium & YouTube Premium Worth It?

comparison between youtube music premium, spotify premium, and apple music

I’ve been a long-time user of Spotify Premium and so far, I’ve got no complaints.

But maybe it’s also because I haven’t really tried using Apple Music and YouTube Music Premium, so I’ve got no basis for reference.

 YouTube Music PremiumApple MusicSpotify Premium
Individual PlanFamily PlanIndividual PlanFamily PlanIndividual PlanFamily Plan
Monthly CostAndroid Apple AndroidApple$9.98$14.98$9.90$14.98
$9.98$12.98$17.98$22.98
Number of Users161616
Cost per UserAndroidAppleAndroidApple$9.98$2.50$9.90$2.50
$9.98$12.98$2.50$3.33
Free Trial1 month 3 months3 months
Ad-freeYesYesYes
Background playYesYesYes
Downloads for offline usageYesYesYes
Download limitNo hard limitNo hard limit10,000 songs on up to 5 devices
PodcastsNoAvailable free via Apple Podcast Yes
Size of music libraryUndisclosed45 million songs35 million songs
Music videoYesYesNo
Personal music collectionUpload into music libraryIntegrated with purchases on iTunes library Sync from files in device

However, since the prices are really competitive and all three services provide a family plan for sharing, it really boils down to the features they have.

If you’re a huge podcast fan, your best bet will be Spotify.

But if you are more concerned about watching music videos or want to upload your own songs, then maybe you should give Apple Music or YouTube Music Premium a try.


How Much Will YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium Cost Me?

SubscriptionGoogle Play Store
(Android Users)
iOS App Store
(Apple Users)
YouTube MusicIndividual$9.98$12.98
Family
$14.98$19.98
YouTube PremiumIndividual$11.98$15.98
Family$17.98$22.98

Are you thinking about what we were thinking?

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Why are Apple users paying more, right?

Well, my only guess is that they want to incentivise Android users since YouTube is one of Google’s subsidiaries.

It seems like one trick that Apple users can try is to subscribe directly online, instead of subscribing through the respective mobile applications.

However, since everything can be tracked nowadays, we’re not sure if you’ll be prompted to change to the right subscription or charged for the iOS pricing automatically.

Just like the other major players offering similar services, YouTube also has family plans for their premium membership.

How Much Do I Pay If I Share With My Family?

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As the primary member, you can share your YouTube membership with 5 other family members, on the condition that they have the same residential address.

I’m just curious about how the family plan will work when there is a mix of Apple and Andriod users in the group…

If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ll already be thinking of ways you can maximise your YouTube subscription.

Of course, you’ll be sharing with your family (or friends…) to save some cost!

 YouTube Music PremiumYouTube Premium
Individual PlanFamily PlanIndividual PlanFamily Plan
Android UsersApple UsersAndroid UsersApple UsersAndroid UsersApple UsersAndroid UsersApple Users
Monthly Fees$9.98$12.98$14.98$19.98$11.98$15.98$17.98$22.98
Number of Users1616
Monthly Fees per User$9.98$12.98$2.50$3.33$11.98$15.98$3.00$3.83

Good for you if you can maximise all the 5 other slots in your family plan, you’ll only be paying $2.50 to $3.83 per month, depending on your subscription type!

Do I Get A Student Rate?

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At first glance, no.

It seems like full-time students don’t get special discounted rates.

However, if you click through to read their offer restrictions, YouTube states that student rates are offered to select countries only and are subject to verification.

I tried clicking through but I wasn’t prompted to choose if I wanted to get a student plan. Maybe since YouTube has all our personal details and knows that I’m past the school-going age.

Looks like it may be available or offered only for individuals in the respective profiles? Let us know if you successfully subscribed as a student!

What Do I Get?

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Now, what exactly are we paying for as a premium member, right?

I know you’re getting a little confused, I was too.

Let’s take a look at the features you can enjoy when you subscribe to YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium.

FeaturesYouTube Music PremiumYouTube Premium
1-month free trialYesYes
Ad-free experienceYesYes
Background play YesYes
Downloads available for offline usageYesYes
YouTubeNoYes
YouTube OriginalsNoYes
YouTube MusicYesYes
YouTube KidsNoYes
Google Play MusicYesYes

I’m not sure if I’m stating the obvious, but if you’re planning to pay for your YouTube services, YouTube Premium seems like a better choice since you get YouTube Music and everything else?


How Does YouTube Music Premium Compare With Spotify & Apple Music?

Now, we established earlier that YouTube Premium is a better choice compared to YouTube Music Premium, albeit paying slightly more per month.

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But to make a fair comparison with other music streaming services, we’ll be using YouTube Music Premium to compare with Spotify and Apple Music.

Comparison of Pricing

 YouTube Music PremiumApple MusicSpotify Premium
Individual PlanFamily PlanIndividual PlanFamily PlanIndividual PlanFamily Plan
Monthly CostAndroid Apple AndroidApple$9.98$14.98$9.90$14.98
$9.98$12.98$17.98$22.98
Number of Users161616
Cost per UserAndroidAppleAndroidApple$9.98$2.50$9.90$2.50
$9.98$12.98$2.50$3.33
Free Trial1 month 3 months3 months

As you can see, the prices are pretty much the same! Well, except for Apple users.

If free trials are important to you, just note that YouTube Music Premium’s free trial is shorter compared to Spotify Premium and Apple Music.

Comparison of Features

 YouTube Music PremiumApple MusicSpotify Premium
Ad-freeYesYesYes
Background playYesYesYes
Downloads for offline usageYesYesYes
Download limitNo hard limitNo hard limit10,000 songs on up to 5 devices
PodcastsNoNoYes
Music libraryUndisclosed45 million songs35 million songs
Music videosYesYesNo
Personal music collectionUpload into music libraryIntegrated with purchases on iTunes library Sync from files in device

The basic features are definitely available for the paid version of all three services. I mean, why give us advertisements if you’ve already paid for the service? Ahem, a particular newspaper in Singapore… 

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A slight limitation for Spotify comes from their download limit of 10,000 songs, while Apple Music and YouTube Music Premium have no hard limit to the number of songs you can download.

But to be honest, that never bothered me. How many songs can you even download into your phone in the first place? And unless you’re going for a month-long trip with no internet, how many songs do you need?

Besides, Spotify currently does not support music videos, but c’mon, ain’t nobody got time for that.

If you’re a big fan of podcasts, you are probably enjoying this feature of Spotify by now. Both podcasts are not available on Apple Music and YouTube Music at the moment, which means you’ll need to have toggle with another application.

Yea, Spotify knows what’s up.

If you’re very particular about music and have your personal collection, you might want to consider YouTube Music and Apple Music since they both allow uploading of your own songs.


Given that it just launched in Singapore, you are probably going to need some time to try out YouTube Music for a better comparison in terms of day to day use.

But if you’re just listening to music for entertainment or relaxation, Spotify Premium and Apple Music definitely still looks like the wiser choice.

While there are some minor downsides, Spotify still wins for me since I’m trying to make use of my time better with podcasts too.

Will you be giving YouTube Music a try though?

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