Amazon Music HD Vs Spotify Premium: Better Music Streaming App

While the millennials argue over the best spin for vinyl records, streaming music persists in being the most convenient way to listen to your favorite songs.

While the millennials argue over the best spin for vinyl records, streaming music persists in being the most convenient way to listen to your favorite songs.

While the millennials argue over the best spin for vinyl records, streaming music persists in being the most convenient way to listen to your favorite songs. There were days where streaming meant sacrificing the sound quality but that’s no longer the case since streaming music now sounds better than an old-fashioned CD. Moreover, there’s never been a better time to dive in and devote to a music streaming service than the pandemic year.

The music streaming portfolio has made a 360-degree flip for betterment with its ability to save nearly any song to your library for on-demand listening. Though there are quite a few music streaming services provided with exceptional benefits and a song library ranging from 90’s pop music to Selena’s recent melody, the question arises which is the better streaming service for you?

With an answer to that, Spotify and Amazon Music offer great services and both are worth your consideration. Both the companies play around offering their apps for iOS, Android phones, computers, and other devices enabling users to dance to their favorite tunes in different ways. Alongside offering their own set of features, both the streaming services have around 70 million songs to treat your different kinds of moods.

With that said, there are also a few differences between the Spotify and Amazon Music streaming services, which credits to the final call for a better fit for you. Let’s explore their features, plans, and audio quality to know which one is better.

Amazon Music HD Vs Spotify Premium

Pricing and Plans: Though both of the platforms can be used free but the free tiers are limited and largely sum up to Internet radio on mobiles. Both the services generally allow a 30-day free trial to test their paid services.

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 Archive

70 Milion

70 Milion

70 Milion

70 Milion

Spotify Free has an equal number of songs to offer as Spotify Premium but you’ll have to pardon your music with ad breaks in between. You can get rid of the commercials by choosing one of the Premium Plans. Spotify treats students separately with their discounted Premium plan of just $5 complemented by Hulu and Showtime subscriptions.

Amazon has set a limit on its free plan. You cannot listen to specific songs on-demand and it feels more like streaming radio with ads.

Amazon Music

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon Music Unlimited Family

Amazon Music HD

Monthly Price

Free

Free with Amazon Prime

$8 with Prime, $10 otherwise

$15 with Prime

$13 with Prime, $15 otherwise

Ad-Free Music

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Accounts

One

One

One

Six

One

Song Archive

Select Playlists and stations

2 Million

7 Million

7 Million

7 Million

You can have free access to 2 million ad-free songs if you own Amazon Prime subscription, while to avail of the 7 million songs library you’ll have to upgrade to Music Unlimited. Amazon Music Unlimited offers an option to restrict streaming to one Amazon device by giving a single, eligible ECHO device access for just $4 per month (rather than the standard $10).

Streaming Quality: Amazon being a top-tier service supports FLAC audio files. Amazon Music HD tracks stream up to 85 kbps whereas Amazon Ultra HD tracks stream at an impressive rate of 192kbps. Spotify Premium streams at 320 kbps but supports compressed Ogg Vorbis audio format at the very high setting. Amazon has an edge over Spotify with its lossless audio support. Amazon Music HD features CD-quality streaming which acts as a musical delicacy for the audiophiles. In contrast, Spotify, which doesn’t offer a CD-quality plan currently, plans to add the option, named “Spotify Hi-Fi”, later this year.

Interface: Offering quite a similar look and feel, both the services feature a navigation bar at bottom of the app along with a home screen, search, and collected library of music. Although most users stream music using their phones, both offer their desktop apps as well. Spotify’s music desktop app has been refined over the years whereas Amazon struggles to be intuitive. The Amazon Music desktop app is quite practical as its design makes it uneasy to use the listening queue mechanism.

Performance and Features: Being closely aligned on a macro level, both offer a set of features to stand apart. Amazon Music has voice assistant Alexa included in its mobile app passing on the music controls to the voice commands. Though Spotify offers the “Hey Spotify” feature to add voice command functionality the mechanism isn’t as robust as Alexa. The other exotic feature that Amazon offers is X-Ray lyrics that allows lyrics to scroll by as the song plays. Amazon recently launched “Car Mode” to ease the interface functionality for commuters. Spotify edges Amazon’s appealing feature with its “Discover Weekly” put forward in the form of a personal playlist. Alongside filters based on genre and mood, Spotify has an “Enhance” button to add songs similar to the ones you’ve added already. For making music listening safe for commuters, Spotify integrates with Google Maps and Waze, and also offers a different car interface with big buttons. Spotify has its leg up on Amazon Music with over 700,000 podcast episodes with more being added daily.

Final verdict

At the end of this Amazon Music Vs Spotify Premium breakdown the choice isn’t as clear as it was a few years ago. Both the services offer a set of compelling features at rational prices. A better streaming service depends on your needs and requirements. If you’re an audiophile, Amazon Music makes the most sense for you with hi-resolution audio file support along with absurd Amazon perks for Prime members. While Spotify at a standard price of just $10 a month proffers convenient music streaming with simplified offerings and a feature-rich experience. If you’re someone who wants to lose to personalized playlists, Spotify is the right fit for you with plenty of payment plans.

 

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