Music War: Spotify vs Youtube Music

Music War: Spotify vs Youtube Music

Recently, one of the two biggest online music services: Spotify and YouTube Music have been exclusively launched in India. This gave rise to a new war in the Indian streaming industry.
Spotify vs Youtube music: Spotify is the most subscribed music service in the world whereas YouTube Music is the most popular platform for streaming music.

Introduction, Launch and Availability

The Spotify application was launched on 7 October 2008 (founded on 23 April 2006) whereas YouTube Music was launched on 12 November 2015. It took 10+ years for Spotify and 3+ years for YouTube Music to get showcased in India.

Spotify is a Swedish audio streaming platform that provide DRM-protected music and podcasts from record labels and media companies. It has a revenue of US$ 5.98 billion (FY 2018) and a net income of US$ 88.65 million (FY 2018). It has an Alexa rank of 106 (Feb 2019) with a user base of 206 million (96 million paying users). The app is available in 20 countries: Sweden, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, USA and India.

YouTube Music is a music streaming service developed by YouTube. The app is available in 32 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and India.

Plans, pricing and Device limits

Spotify and YouTube Music both offers free as well as paid versions. Neither allows download music for offline streaming nor provides ad-free user experience for free but at least Spotify allows 5o play music with screen off. In contrast, YouTube Music stops the playing when user tries to turn off the screen or leave the now playing window resulting in battery consumption.

Spotify premium offers 30-day free trial after which user need to pay ₹119.00/month. Also there are prepaid plans which cost ₹13/day, ₹39/week, ₹129/month, ₹389/ 3 months, ₹719/ 6 months and ₹1189/ year. Also there is special discount of 50% for students. Premium services include ad-free music, offline playback and multiple-device playback. It doesn’t offer any family plan for now in India.

Spotify Features, spotify vs youtube music
Spotify Features, Source: Spotify

YouTube Music premium offers 3-month trial after which user need to pay ₹99/month. Also there is a family membership which offer 1-month free trial after which user needs to pay ₹149/month with allowance of up to 6 family members (ages 13+) in same household. Premium services include ad-free music, offline playback and screen locked play. Downloading and background play is limited to Android and iOS platform only.

youtube music features, spotify vs youtube music
Youtube Music Features, Source: Youtube

Library, Selection and Quality

Spotify has over 35 million songs in its catalogue while YouTube Music support all songs from YouTube. Spotify offers music in 7 different regional languages whereas YouTube Music has not specific language and is expected to be available in all Indian languages. Spotify offers 320kbps (paid); 96kbps (mobile unpaid) and 160kbps (PC unpaid) quality whereas YouTube Music hasn’t any specific quality.

Spotify vs Youtube Music

Music market of India is vastly diverse. It could be difficult for Spotify to operate because of only 7 available languages whereas YouTube Music offers a large number of regional languages. There could come any time when YouTube surpass Spotify especially in India because of its access to almost all regional languages in India. Finally, in terms of pricing, Spotify is quite cheaper in India at ₹1189 per year with 50% discount for students. YouTube Music at a price of ₹99 per month and YouTube Premium service at ₹129 per month offering ad-free experience for both YouTube and YouTube Music is a good deal.

We already use YouTube for Music. Google just needs to convince us to pay for it.

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