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Apple Music vs. Google Play Music

Apple Music vs. Google Play Music

iTunes should be considered as one of the pioneers of music streaming industry, as it was the third to start the music streaming in 2003. Among all of the industry giants in today’s world, Pandora should be termed as the real pioneer, as it went through several legal issues to run its music streaming platform, yet it succeeded to continue.

On the other hand, Google Play Music is a relatively new music streaming service and it has only been three years since its launch. However, within such a short duration, it grabs a lot of attention, and as it is now in collaboration with YouTube, gigs are forecasting that Google Play Music might become one of the music streaming leaders in a couple of years.

Price

All things considered, price is the biggest determining factor for most people’s purchase decisions. However, Apple Music and Google Play Music both cost around the same price.

Apple Music

Apple Music has three similar paid plans:

  • $4.99/month student subscription
  • $9.99/month individual subscription
  • $14.99/month family subscription

Instead of offering a free tier, Apple Music has a three-month free trial. After that, you need to start paying, but at least there are never any ads or other limitations.

Apple Music three-month trial and pricings

Google Play Music

Google Play Music only has two paid tiers on offer:

  • $9.99/month individual subscription
  • $14.99/month family subscription

What’s really different about Google Play Music is its free offering. This doesn’t let you stream anything from Google’s music catalog, but you can upload 50,000 of your own songs to stream from any device.

Google Play Music free tier explanation

Final verdict

Fair and square, should you seek for a service with high-end music streaming quality and a vast music catalogue with all new releases and pre-releases, you should not even bother to take a look at the Google Play Music.

On the other hand, if you are too tight on a budget and seeking for a decent music catalogue with low-end audio streaming performance, you might choose Google Play Music.

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