Spotify vs. Youtube Music: Which Is Better?

Spotify and Youtube Music mobile apps.
Spotify and Youtube Music mobile apps.

Both are heavyweights in their own right but between Spotify vs. Youtube Music, which streaming app is best for you?

As the music streaming industry becomes more saturated, Youtube Music and Spotify remain household names that boast massive influence and a staggering user base.

But with seemingly identical features, it may be difficult for some to choose between the two. So, how exactly do these two behemoths stack up against each other? And which one will compliment your listening habits best?

What Is Spotify?

Spotify logo
Spotify logo

Spotify is the brainchild of Swedish entrepreneurs Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. The app debuted in Europe in 2008 and quickly gained ground after reaching its first million subscribers in 2011. Today, it’s one of the most popular music streaming services available.

The app is available in 184 countries as of February 2022. It also records as many as 406 million active users per month.

What Is Youtube Music?

Youtube Music logo
Youtube Music logo

Youtube Music is a music streaming service developed by Youtube under Google. It was first launched as Youtube Music Key in 2014 and designed as a complementary video streaming service to the now-extinct Google Play Music. The app underwent a couple of rebrandings before finally becoming Youtube Music in 2018.

The app is currently available in 95 countries. It also boasts a Music and Premium user base of over 50 million.

Free Plan Comparison

Spotify and Youtube Music operate on a freemium business model. Both services offer free plans that allow users to stream music with ads. Both also provide the option to upgrade to a Premium account.

You can expect to see a lot of differences in both apps’ free plan offerings. Yes, you can access their entire content library, but how you get to listen to that content differs.

For quick and easy reference, we’ve laid out those differences in this table.

FeaturesYoutube Music Free PlanSpotify Free Plan
Grants access to entire content libraryYesYes
Ad skipsAfter 5 secondsNo
Background playYes (Web player only)Yes (All platforms)
Song skipsYes (Unlimited)Yes (Maximum of 6 songs/hour)
On-demand playbackYes (All platforms)Yes (Desktop and web player)
Offline streamingNo download option for songs or videosNo download option for songs
Playback modesOffers song mode and video modeNo video mode
Number of audio quality settings for desktop app2 settings:
Low (48kbps)
Normal (128kbps)
4 settings:
Automatic (depends on internet speed)
Low (24kbps)
Normal (96kbps)
High (160kbps)
Number of audio quality settings for web player2 settings:
Low (48kbps)
Normal (128kbps)
1 setting:
Normal (128kbps)
Number of audio quality settings for mobile1 setting:
Normal (128kbps)
4 settings:
Automatic (depends on internet speed)
Low (24kbps)
Normal (96kbps)
High (160kbps)
Highest audio streaming quality128kbps160kbps


Winner: Youtube Music

Youtube Music offers greater leeway to free users. So, if you’re searching for a hassle-free platform that just lets you stream music without too many restrictions, this may be a better option.

Free Youtube Music lets you skip ads, whereas Spotify does not. You can listen to your music however you want, whether on shuffle mode, in a queue, or from a playlist. Spotify, on the other hand, limits playback to specific playlists only. You can also skip as many songs as you like, whereas Spotify only lets you skip 6 songs per hour.

Perhaps the only downside to Youtube Music is that the mobile app must remain open for uninterrupted listening. If you’re using the desktop app, however, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Pricing & Plans

Enjoying music from mobile phone (From: Pexels)
Enjoying music from mobile phone (From: Pexels)

Both apps are virtually identical in terms of pricing and the basic premium features offered. Here’s a quick breakdown of the Premium plans and their prices:

PlatformIndividual PremiumFamily Plan Student Plan
Youtube Music$9.99/month$14.99/month$4.99/month

These plans offer the same standard features on both platforms, which are:

  • High-quality audio streaming
  • Ad-free, on-demand playback
  • Full access to the entire content library
  • Option to download songs for offline listening

Looking deeper, there are fundamental differences that set them apart:

Audio quality difference

Both apps offer high-quality streaming. However, Youtube Music’s is capped at 256kbps, and Spotify’s goes up to 320kbps.

Additional subscription plans

Aside from their Individual, Family, and Student plans, Spotify also offers a Premium Duo plan. This allows two people (who live at the same address) to have two separate Premium accounts for a discounted price of $12.99.

Learn more about this plan in our separate guide on everything you need to know about Spotify Duo.

Bonus access to other streaming services

Unlike Youtube Music’s Family plan, Spotify’s Premium Family plan gives subscribers access to Spotify Kids. There are also additional perks in place for those who sign up for a Premium Student plan. Aside from a 50% discount, students also get access to two popular VOD streaming services, Hulu and SHOWTIME.

On the other hand, Youtube Music offers a similar type of perk through their regular Premium plan. Those who sign up for a Youtube Premium account get automatic access to Youtube Music Premium and Youtube Originals. Essentially, subscribers get ad-free, on-demand playback for three different streaming services.

Verdict: Which is more worth it?

Winner: Spotify

All in all, Spotify outshines Youtube Music in more ways than one. It offers better audio quality and subscription flexibility. Not to mention bonus access to other streaming services like Spotify Kids, Hulu, and SHOWTIME.

Ultimately, the decision depends on your needs and preferences.

For instance, Spotify may be a better bet for those who have kids or those on a budget. It may also be better for students who enjoy streaming movies and TV shows, or those who are heavy podcast listeners.

On the other hand, Youtube Music may be a better option for those who want other music-related content like music videos, performances, or documentaries of their favorite artists.

I should point out, however, that what Youtube Music lacks in bonus streaming services it makes up for with their built-in video streaming option. You can watch any music-related videos, such as live performances, concerts, and even documentaries, in high quality (if available) through the app.

Who Has Better Content?

Both platforms have undeniably massive music collections spanning various genres and consisting of both mainstream and indie artists. But how exactly do these collections differ, if at all?

Amount of music content

The Billboard Hot 100 playlist on Spotify.
The Billboard Hot 100 playlist on Spotify.

As of February 2022, Spotify has over 82 million tracks, and as many as 60,000 are added every day.

Spotify’s music offerings are also quite diverse. Thanks to an exclusive partnership between Spotify and Billboard, mainstream music lovers are sure to find many of their favorite songs in any one of the 4 billion playlists in their collection. Another perk of the partnership also allows Spotify subscribers to stream popular Billboard charts, like the Hot 100, Billboard 200, and Billboard Weekly, straight from the app.

Beyond the mainstream, Spotify is equally as good at highlighting independent artists’ works through a well-developed Indie section.

In fact, Spotify’s annual report for 2020 shows that indie labels and artists’ market share grew almost 2%, while their revenue increased 49%.

A quick search on the app will pull up as many as 100 Spotify-curated Indie playlists right off the bat. And that’s just barely scratching the surface. You have popular playlists like Indie Pop and Ultimate Indie, which garner one to two million followers each. And you also have thematic playlists, some with delightfully specific titles such as Garden Indie or Indie Sunshine.

Youtube Music's content library.
Youtube Music’s content library.

In February 2021, Youtube Music, on the other hand, accumulated as many as 70 million official music releases in their library.

This was made possible through a partnership with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group (aka VEVO). The partnership not only allows Youtube Music subscribers to listen to all their favorite chart-topping hits but also lets them watch their official music videos straight from the app.

Indie playlist selection on Youtube Music.
Indie playlist selection on Youtube Music.

In terms of Indie music offerings, Youtube Music has a decent number of playlists, though it requires some digging. Under Genres, Indie is lumped in with Alternative music, and even then, the section only features about 32 curated playlists, like Coffee Shop Indie and Mellow Indie. Typing ‘Indie’ in the Search bar will pull up several more playlists, though the collection is not as extensive as what Spotify offers.

YouTube Music has a pretty solid music collection that’s both diverse and extensive. But how does it compare to the likes of Amazon Music? Read our full review of both apps to learn more!

Content variety

In addition to music, Spotify has a wealth of non-music content to choose from. Subscribers can opt to listen to ambient sound playlists, or indulge in the beauty of the spoken word with a selection of over 7,170 audiobooks.

Spotify’s podcast collection is also impressive. And it’s thanks to the acquisition of podcast production companies like Gimlet Media, Anchor, Parcast, and The Ringer. As of February 2022, Spotify plays host to as many as 3.6 million titles. It’s also the exclusive streaming partner for The Joe Rogan Experience, The Michelle Obama Podcast, and Archewell Audio, the official podcast of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The expansion of podcast content is largely credited for the app’s recent growth in subscribers. According to Edison Research’s Podcast Consumer Tracker, Spotify is the number one most used platform for podcasts, taking up to 24% of weekly podcast listeners.

Spotify also recently launched Spotify Original Shows, which combines music and spoken-word content. Each show explores music history, trends, and stories, and is interspersed with songs related to the topic. Users can also interact with the songs by saving or liking them as they would on regular music playlists.

Spotify currently hosts seven of these shows, including Conspiracy Theories: Music Edition and 60 Songs that Explain the 90s.

How does Spotify’s content variety hold up when compared to that of Qobuz? We do a deep dive of both platforms to find out!
Unofficially hosted audiobooks on Youtube Music.
Unofficially hosted audiobooks on Youtube Music.

Youtube Music content is, unsurprisingly, more music-driven. Those looking for podcasts are advised to go to Google Podcasts, which may be inconvenient if you’re a Youtube Music subscriber looking to integrate the two features. You also won’t find audiobooks, spoken word tracks, or even ambient sound playlists “officially” hosted on the app itself.

Interestingly, there is a loophole to this setup. The beauty (or flaw?) of Youtube Music is that it takes a lot of its content from the video-sharing side of Youtube. With the help of a music-classifying algorithm, music content is filtered out from non-music content.

Whether due to a glitched algorithm or something else, a lot of non-music content still inadvertently makes its way onto the platform. As such, users are able to access loads of unofficial podcasts, audiobooks, and other non-music content on the app. And while most of these unofficial uploads are neither exclusive nor new, it certainly adds variety to Youtube Music’s content landscape.

How does Youtube Music’s algorithm compare to fellow streaming service Tidal? Read our detailed review of both apps to find out!


Winner: Draw

Both apps have a strong core of mainstream music, thanks to partnerships they’ve made with major music distributors. However, Spotify does better with lots of original indie music from relatively unknown artists.

Youtube Music also has an edge by providing rare versions and covers of different songs. Those 70 million official releases? Well, that doesn’t even factor in unofficial content like song remixes, genre-bending song versions, song mash-ups, etc.

To illustrate my point, if you search for Billie Eilish’s bad guy on Spotify, you’re going to get the original audio track. And that’s about it. Search for bad guy on Youtube Music, and you’re not just going to get the official audio; you’ll also get a music video, a few remixes, a cover or two, a live version, an instrumental, or even a full-on orchestration.

Podcast and audiobook enthusiasts will undoubtedly get more satisfaction from Spotify’s content, with its endless choices of original and exclusive shows available.

But as mentioned earlier, the real silver lining of Youtube Music is the inclusion of video streaming. For many, the ease of being able to watch music videos, concerts, live performances, behind-the-scenes videos, and even documentaries on their favorite artists is very appealing. Coupled with its ability to live stream concerts, Youtube Music may see an even further boost in content variety in the future.

In December 2020, Youtube Music partnered with K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK for exclusive rights to host a global live stream of their newest concert, THE SHOW. The concert was slated to happen on December 27, 2020, but was postponed to January 31, 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Audio Quality

Audio quality settings on Youtube Music (left) and Spotify (right).
Audio quality settings on Youtube Music (left) and Spotify (right).

Youtube Music Premium subscribers get 4 settings of audio quality, while Spotify Premium subscribers get 5 levels. Here’s what kind of audio quality each of those settings offers:

Audio Quality SettingSpotifyYoutube Music
AutomaticDepends on internet speedN/A
Very High / Always High320kbps256kbps


Winner: Spotify

Spotify clearly outshines Youtube Music with a maximum streaming quality of 320kbps.

But keep in mind that to a casual listener, there isn’t going to be any noticeable difference between 256kbps and 320kbps in terms of sound quality. Even more so if you’re using mid- to low-tier audio gear. Any difference in clarity and detail will be more apparent if you’re going from 128kbps to 320kbps.

Additionally, perhaps because of how the apps are designed, Spotify’s highest audio quality actually takes less time to load than Youtube Music’s 256kbps, especially when comparing them with the same internet speed. At around 80mbps of internet speed, Spotify’s tracks almost load instantaneously, while you may have to wait for 2-3 seconds in Youtube Music.

Music Discovery

Music Discovery is an important feature in music streaming apps. It’s great for keeping your library from going stale and, at the same time, helps lesser-known artists grow their audience.

Both Youtube Music and Spotify have algorithms in place that monitor the songs and artists that you like, and those you skip.

Using this info, it adapts to your music taste and recommends new music that it thinks you’ll most likely enjoy. These recommendations appear as personalized playlists created specifically for you, and both apps have several of them.

Here are some of the ways you can discover new music on Spotify and Youtube Music, and how each feature compares or differs between both apps:

Discovery FeatureSpotifyYoutube Music
Browse tab (Spotify)● Genres & Moods
● New Releases
● Global Charts
● Discover
● Genres & Moods
● New Releases
● Global Charts
Playlist Recommendations● Recommended Songs
● Suggestions
Personalized Mixes“Made For You”
● Daily Mix
● Release Radar
● Discover Weekly
● Tastebreakers
“Mixed For You”
● My Mix
● My Supermix
● New Release Mix
● Discover Mix
Artist Profile Recommendations“Fans Also Like”“Fans Might Also Like”

Youtube Music makes a decent effort with improved personalized playlisting. But, frankly, it doesn’t come close to what Spotify’s discovery algorithm can do when it comes to sending new music your way.

Unlike Youtube Music, Spotify combines three different types of algorithmsCollaborative Filtering, Natural Language Processing, and Raw Audio Modeling – to figure out which songs you’re likely going to thumb up.

What I particularly like is Spotify’s Tastebreakers playlist. It’s unique in the sense that it doesn’t just present you with songs you might like based on stuff you already like. Instead, it recommends songs from genres and artists you don’t normally listen to. And that’s game-changing.

Spotify also has another great playlist called RADAR, which focuses on new, emerging talent. This type of feature is noticeably absent in Youtube Music, which feels somewhat like a missed opportunity. While Youtube Music has an impressive range of content in its midst, it has yet to fully take advantage of it with a better music discovery algorithm.


Winner: Spotify

Both apps make considerably similar efforts when it comes to offering listeners a way to discover new music. However, Spotify’s hybrid discovery algorithm is more successful at pinpointing which songs and artists you’ll most likely enjoy. While Youtube Music’s discovery algorithm isn’t bad per se, it feels like it does need more work in harnessing its listeners’ taste.

Curious to see how YouTube Music compares to Apple Music in terms of music discovery? Check out our detailed comparison to find out!

Ease of Use

Spotify user interface.
Spotify user interface.

Both platforms feature a dark-themed interface, with playlists and albums organized in a simple grid layout. Both are notably similar, but Spotify manages to make better use of the space with striking header images, more appealing cover art, and playlist descriptions. Youtube Music, on the other hand, feels somewhat unfinished in its design. Some sections look nicely put together, while others, like the Moods & Genres section, look downright uninspired.

One feature I appreciate on Spotify is the stationary navigation sidebar on the desktop app. It allows you to quickly access certain functions and features regardless of how far down the rabbit hole of Spotify content you are. In place of this feature, Youtube Music has a simple 3-tab navigation bar at the top of its desktop app. While it’s certainly better than nothing, it doesn’t offer the same accessibility that Spotify’s sidebar does.

Playlist sorting options on Spotify's mobile app.
Playlist sorting options on Spotify’s mobile app.

Spotify also offers more intuitive controls. For example, you can easily drag and drop songs from other playlists into your personal playlists located in the sidebar. The mobile app also offers more sorting options for songs, and even allows you to search for songs within playlists.

Search function on Youtube Music.
Search function on Youtube Music.

Speaking of ‘search’, both apps do have a decent Search function. Spotify stays true to its sleek, minimalist aesthetic. It does so by displaying all search results on a single page, gridded and sorted according to artist, album, playlist, etc. I personally prefer Youtube Music’s more straightforward approach of providing search filters. This makes it so that you’re only seeing the results you want.


Winner: Spotify

Youtube Music’s search function is better, thanks to its ability to filter search results. But overall, Spotify provides more intuitive functions. Moving around the app and editing playlists is easier with the navigation sidebar. And the addition of sorting options also makes it easier to manage larger playlists.

Additional Features

Song lyrics on Spotify's mobile app.
Song lyrics on Spotify’s mobile app.

Both Youtube Music and Spotify feature song lyrics that users can access while listening to music. However, Spotify goes the extra mile with better design and automated scrolling. It also features Storyline, which gives users insight into how certain songs were written and produced. It’s a pretty cool feature to have, and I sometimes find myself looking for it while using Youtube Music.

Both apps can be cast to other smart devices, with Spotify using Spotify Connect, and Youtube Music using Google Chromecast. Spotify’s setup, however, feels more seamless. It can automatically detect all other devices connected to the same network and quickly switch between them.

Spotify initially announced plans to bring HiFi audio streaming to subscribers back in 2021. Unfortunately, licensing issues have placed that feature on hold for now. If Youtube Music is able to bring this to the table sooner, Spotify runs the risk of losing its competitive edge.

Youtube Music’s ability to play locally stored files is another great plus. And the fuss-free process of accessing those files is an even greater bonus. The app simply detects your local files and automatically displays them in the app without needing to do anything else. Spotify, on the other hand, requires a little hoop-jumping to do the same.

Lastly, one of Spotify’s most fun features is its annual Wrapped series. It works by giving you insight into how you’ve listened to music in the past year. A variation of this feature would undoubtedly be fun to see on Youtube Music, especially if it can factor in music videos you’ve watched, as well.


Winner: Youtube Music

Some people may not mind Youtube Music’s simplistic lyrics display, while others may prefer Spotify’s flashier aesthetic. Some may not even care for lyrics at all. Both apps can cast to other devices, so it’ll simply depend on what devices you already own and which one is more convenient for you.

However, Youtube Music’s ability to play local files may tip you further in their direction. So as long as Spotify hasn’t released their long-promised Hi-Fi audio streaming quality, this goes to Youtube Music.

How Much Do Spotify and Youtube Music Pay Artists?

PlatformPay per streamStreams to get $1,000
Apple Music$0.01100,000
Amazon Music$0.004250,000
YouTube Music$0.008125,000

When it comes to royalties, both Spotify and Youtube Music are on the lower end of the spectrum of what music streaming services pay artists. And that’s despite the enormous user base both platforms boast. In 2022, Spotify pays out an average of $0.0033 per stream, while Youtube Music pays an even lower $0.002 per stream.

According to Spotify, this lower average is due to the inclusion of free tier streams, which generate less revenue, and high amounts of streams from countries with lower subscription rates. Spotify also notes that their listeners simply listen to more music compared to any other platform.

Spotify pays two types of royalties for music:

  • Recording royalties: Royalties paid to labels or rightsholders for music that is streamed or downloaded.
  • Composition royalties: Royalties paid to songwriters or anyone who participated in a song’s composition.

These are combined with the label or artist’s share of revenue generated by the total volume of their streams.

Youtube Music follows a similar pattern. But what makes the platform different is that music royalties can also be earned from music uploaded on Youtube (the main site). Here’s how:

Ad placements

Streams or views from paid Youtube and Youtube Music accounts automatically generate royalties for artists from subscription fees. Free accounts, however, do not generate royalties.

One way artists can still benefit from free streams is by monetizing their content (music videos, lyric videos, etc) through ads. This allows them to receive a portion of the ad revenue as royalties. YouTube ads typically make about $7-10 for every 1,000 impressions, which isn’t too shabby.

Content monetization is done through Youtube’s Partner Program, so any music monetized through that program applies to both Youtube and Youtube Music. However, not all content can be monetized. Channels will need to have at least 1,000 subscribers and over 4,000 watch hours in a year, among others.

For clarity’s sake, all content on Youtube Music is based on content that’s found on Youtube (the main site). So, any music content uploaded to the main site is automatically added to the Music app, without requiring any action on the part of artists or labels.

Youtube’s Content ID

This system assigns a unique digital ID that allows artists and labels to track their content throughout the entirety of Youtube’s database. It basically allows artists and rightsholders to exercise more control over their music by either tracking, blocking, or monetizing any other content that uses it.

In the case of monetization, the revenue is shared by rightsholders or artists and the uploader.

Like ad placements, Content ID monetization doesn’t apply to all and needs to meet certain eligibility requirements.

Micro-sync royalties

Another way artists and labels can earn is through micro-sync royalties. These are generated when music is added alongside a moving image or video on an online video streaming platform like Youtube.

Rightsholders can opt to either monetize content that uses their music or charge a micro-sync license fee, which will grant the license holder use of their music catalog. Youtube currently pays micro-sync royalties only for US-based views.

All in all, there’s no fixed rate for any of the abovementioned royalties. These tend to vary based on factors like subscription plan type and the country where the streams come from.

As we know, free streams generate lower revenue/royalties than Premium streams. And some countries charge lower subscription rates, also generating lower revenue/royalties per stream.

As such, it’s hard to come up with an exact formula for how these are calculated and how much artists are getting. Additionally, payout rates are also dependent on the agreements between labels and artists.


Winner: Youtube Music

Spotify may have more paid subscribers than Youtube Music, but its 406 million monthly active users pale in comparison to the 2.3 billion people who use Youtube every month.

Ultimately, this translates to better chances for artists to gain exposure and grow their audience. Plus, artists also stand to earn more royalties from Youtube not just from their own content, but other people’s as well.

Which Should You Go For?

Here’s a recap of what you’ll essentially be getting from each service:

Spotify PremiumYoutube Music Premium
  • Better audio quality

  • Better subscription perks and flexibility

  • Greater content diversity

  • Better music discovery algorithm

  • Intuitive controls and sleeker aesthetics
  • Access to massive amounts of video content

  • Access to live stream concerts

  • Access to rare, unofficial audio tracks

  • Decent music discovery algorithm

  • An easy way to listen to local files

  • More earning potential for artists
  • Spotify is certainly more flexible, thanks to plan options that suit different lifestyles. It offers higher audio quality and better music discovery features that music lovers will appreciate. You also get an intuitive design that’s easy to use.

    In contrast, Youtube Music offers a free plan that’s way more accommodating than most. You also get an easy way to upload local music files. Not to mention, it’s a great platform that offers diverse ways for artists to earn from their music.

    As for music content and variety, both platforms do have a lot to offer. Spotify’s library of diverse genres and well-curated playlists will please any music fan. And the same goes for those looking for podcasts and audiobooks.

    Casual music listeners who want something a little different (mash-ups, covers, etc) will enjoy Youtube Music’s variation. Those also looking for hard-to-find soundtracks will also fare better with Youtube Music than Spotify.


    Hopefully, our breakdown of both apps’ features will have highlighted what is most important to you as a music listener. If you’ve made it this far and you’re still confused about which app to choose – do not worry. You can check out our comprehensive Spotify review and Youtube Music review for a more in-depth discussion on their features.

    Plus, you can always go for their free trials to shed even more light on the facts we’ve shared here.

    How did you find our review? Did we accurately cover the essential points, or do you think we left out some crucial aspects? If you’d like to share your thoughts on your experiences with both apps, please leave us a line or two in the comments below.


    1. As other user pointed out, you had switched the the comparison label between Spotify Free Plan and Youtube Music Free Plan.

    2. Worth noting the 256kbps is AAC on youtube, and spotify has 320 kbps MP3. Some would argue the two are equal with the claim that AAC is a better codec that can use a lower bitrate to be equal to 320 kbps MP3. In practice I don’t think anyone doing a blind A-B test is going to notice the difference between the two

        1. What’s the difference again? So wgmhat is the differenece between Virbud and mp3?

    3. Thank you for this. Extremely helpful and insightful article. I’m still having a hard time choosing though! 😊

        1. I think I’m leaning toward You Tube Music but I do worry about the sacrifice of sound quality. Plus I have had Spotify for years and have obviously spent a lot of time tailoring it to my likes.

          1. Well im there at the moment. Just started with Youtube (still have spotify though) but i know i eventually need to rip off the bandage and choose. And so far i think im going for youtube, so much better variety and the videos!

          2. Please note that Youtube Music gives you access to Youtube premium (no ads). Believe me, once you have youtube without ads you can’t really go back :p

            The 256kbps vs 320kbps difference is unnoticeable honestly. If your ears are well-tuned enough to notice the difference, then you should probably try lossless audio options instead (Tidal, Apple Music, Prime HD).

            I’d say these are the different points where the typical person would notice a quality difference:

            128kbps -> 256/320kbps -> Lossless (1411kbps) -> Master (9000kbps+)

            Hope this helps

    4. i didn’t use youtube music mainly ’cause i read that the artist payout was much worse but turns out that was wrong, super helpful tysm

      1. I’ve been using YTM for around half a year now, mostly because it came with YouTube Premium, and with the family plan, it works for us family of 4. I used to be a Spotify user, and I definitely can say its algorithm ability to introduce me to new artist is better than YTM. Now that I’ve read your breakdown on both service, I have no worries since I thought YTM plays didn’t count to anything. Oh and by using Spotify, I missed TONS of great covers. In the end, it also depends on your music taste so you must consider the availability. Hope this helps for anyone who still confused on which service to use.

    5. Literally just thought of trying YouTube Music today and I’m impressed. Decent music discovery algorithm + available quality will do alright. The song + video (available or not) combo made my life a whole lot better.

    6. Used both premiums for an year extensively. My takes on em:

      + Great algorithm
      + Gapless playback
      + Podcasts
      – Bad playlist sorting methods
      – Shuffling on bydefault everywhere
      – Missing covers, some remixes, karaokes & almost many indies.

      YouTube Music:
      + Huge music discovery / availability
      + YouTube integration
      + Local uploads
      – Tidy interface
      – No lyric sync
      – No gapless playback

      Both are good as well as bad in their own ways. I wish spotify had more music artists & availability as YouTube.

    7. What is missing from the article is the fact that YTM allows you to upload and stream your own MP3 collection. Up to 100,000 songs. The storage space is free.

    8. 256kbps AAC (YT Music) is equivalent to 320kbps mp3 (Spotify)

      The only difference is AAC is more efficient than mp3 thus using less storage and data.

    9. YT music is only good if you have a premium subscription. Otherwise it is horrible. YT music free is useless on a phone because you need to keep the phone on all the time. You can’t lock the phone, can’t play in the background and can’t use it with GPS. Zero features for free users. The whole point of playing music is so you don’t have your phone open the whole time. You can’t go for walks or exercise with it on because it won’t play in the background. Also horrible for driving because you can’t play it while using the GPS.

      1. It’s not true that you have to keep you phone on all the time.
        By not using the YT app but instead using the YouTube website, you can listen to the music while phone is off.
        But not a lot of people are aware of that.

    10. You forgot Spotify’s API, the killer feature that Spotify has it over any other streaming platforms. You can literally ‘play’ with your musical taste.

    11. My problem with You tube is that the songs downloaded on my phone do not download on my ipad even though they are both signed onto the same account on youtube premium. Huge drawback for. me.

      1. That’s the same for Spotify though. You have to instrust each signed in device of what to download. They have seperate storage therefore what is downloaded onto one device (e.g. phone) should have no reason to also be downloaded onto another device (e.g. iPad)?

    12. I was a loyal Google minion for a long, long time. I enjoyed Google Play Music and found YoutubeMusic to be even better. Having it as a part of YoutubePremium was perks upon perks.

      I switched to Spotify around late 2019 because I got tired of Google’s political machinations and went on a Google fast for about a year, trying the competition.

      I’m back with Youtube. Spotify is the best non-YoutubeMusic out there, but it still falls short, especially for me.

      I like a lot of obscure extreme metal, and many bands have a laundry list of licensing issues with their music. Unfortunately, fans suffer because of this because much of that “in limbo” music is not available on the streaming services, EXCEPT YoutubeMusic because of it’s access to Youtube proper. There are legions of uploaded albums and songs there, many in violation of copyright, but at the end of the day I want to listen to Dismember’s discography, dad-gumb it and that’s all that matters to me, as a user, in the end.

    13. If convince is an issue, Spotify should be your choice, as its everywhere from games consoles to TV’s.

      If you watch a lot of YouTube, seriously as a YouTube music is a separate app that comes free with with a YouTube premium subscription, it’s definitely good enough to use instead of Spotify.

      256 AAC is just as good as Spotify 356 Vorbis if not slightly better, however, I believe Spotify has Spotify HiFi, lossless audio like tidal, where YouTube Music doesn’t alow that option.

      With the algorithm for music discovery, I have had YouTube music for over a year and the longer you use it, the better it gets. It also helps if you use Google search etc as the recommendation can be more personalised as Google knows you better.

    14. While it’s true that with 320 kbps Spotify has the highest bitrate, but calling it best on that alone seems hugely flawed.

      Bitrate isn’t all that matters, codec used matters as well. Since Spotify and YouTube Music doesn’t use the codec the values aren’t directly comparable.

      Even using your flawed logic there are problems. While 320 kbps is indeed the highest, at ‘Normal’ setting Spotify is only 96 kbps while YouTube Music is 128 kbps. Actually at all settings but the highest YouTube Music has a higher bitrate.

      Please justify your verdict, because it make no sense to me looking at the complete picture.

    15. For me, a long term Spotify user on Android, i couldn’t switch to YT music until now. The tidiness of Spotify catalog of all languages YT music couldn’t do yet. I listen to music from more than two languages and i have favorite artists in all languages i listen to and i think that’s where YT music failing me so far 🙁

      now after watching The Playlist and looking around articles including this one, i think i will start trying YT music again maybe it changed. I feel so bad for artists .. $0.0033 per stream .. thats just absurd 🙁 T_T

    16. I didn’t read through all the comments, so apologies if this was mentioned already. YouTube Premium also gives you an ad-free experience on YouTube as well as YouTube Music included in the price. Spotify does not have the same platform when it comes to video content. To compare just YouTube’s “music” platform to platforms like Spotify or Pandora, I feel is an unfair comparison because YouTube’s subscription price gives you more than music. So someone who wants a little better audio quality on their “music streaming” will pay for Spotify, but then they’ll kick on over to YouTube to watch content unrelated to music and they’ll get ads shoved down their throat unless they pay YouTube a monthly fee as well, which will give them YouTube Music ad-free anyway.

    17. i like youtube more because you get youtube music on top if you pay 10 bucks a month for youtube premium itself.
      also most important for me, on youtube you can find almost all songs in the world, but spotify is very limited on small artists and niche music, at least last time i used it.

    18. A thing that is overlooked is security, which is one of the most important aspects to consider in my opinion. YouTube Music has way better security using the YouTube 2FA technology that Google also uses. Spotify has no KYC, no 2FA, customer service that changes email addresses without verifying the user thoroughly enough. Once the email address is changed a hacker can simply reset your password and gain access to your account. That is unacceptable in my opinion.

    19. “Spotify’s setup, however, feels more seamless. It can automatically detect all other devices connected to the same network and quickly switch between them.”

      LOL. Spotify is simply garbage from this pont of view. For smartphones as “other devices” it might be indeed seamless, but casting to Chromecast is a real challenge! Sometines painfully slow, sometimes cannot be done at all. The web is full of complaints which Spotify seem not to listen at all.

      As opposite to YT Music which always casts incredibly fast and reliable. That’s why i dropped Spotify and migrated to YouTube Music.

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