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YouTube Music or Spotify: Compare Music Streaming Services | Players

YouTube Music is a service that competes with Spotify for the user's preference to listen to music on mobile and on the web. Google's solution arrived in Brazil in September and offers a platform that seeks to differentiate itself from its rival by combining music with online videos. Both, however, bring many differences, such as free version based on ads and paid mode that frees downloads and extra features. The applications are compatible with Android and iPhone smartphones (iOS).

Subscriptions to YouTube Music and Spotify cost the same price of R $ 16.90 in the basic plan. See, below, a comparison with the main characteristics of the services that the TechTudo prepared to help the user to find out which one offers more advantages.

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Free version features and restrictions

The free versions of the services only feature advertising and reproduction online, with limitations of some functions. In the case of Spotify, the user can only play albums and most playlists in random mode. In addition, there is a restricted number of skips to skip. The application offers 15 playlists on demand, available according to your musical taste, to play freely. The platform even suggests music for playslists more quickly.

On YouTube Music, there is no restriction on skipping tracks or playing a specific clip. All content is free to play in the free mode, as long as the user is willing to view advertisements. This includes the radio function, which on Spotify is exclusive to Premium. On the other hand, YouTube Music free is restricted to videos and only works if the phone has the screen on when blocking the device, playback is automatically paused.

YouTube Music works only with the mobile screen connected to the free version Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudoYouTube Music works only with the mobile screen connected to the free version Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo

YouTube Music works only with the mobile screen connected to the free version Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo

Premium version features

In both services, the Premium subscription removes advertisements and allows you to download music to watch offline. At Spotify, the monthly payment also allows the reproduction of songs in high quality (320kbit / s) and in any order, including tracks outside of albums or playlists. In the app for subscribers there is also the radio function, which generates a station from an artist or a single song.

When subscribing to YouTube Music Premium, it is possible to play only the audio of a selected clip, even with the phone locked. The service also allows streaming through Google Home and Chromecast to enjoy better speakers that the user already has at home.

Spotify gained new design and redesigned radio function in Premium Photo: Divulgao / SpotifySpotify gained new design and redesigned radio function in Premium Photo: Divulgao / Spotify

Spotify gained new design and redesigned radio function in Premium Photo: Divulgao / Spotify

Spotify offers the best audio quality in streaming compared to YouTube Music. The service plays tracks up to 320 kbps in Premium or 160 kbps in the free version. The user can choose the quality he wants to maintain for all music or leave it in automatic mode, where the application manages the data flow according to the Internet connection.

On YouTube Music, the transmission takes place at a maximum of 128 kbps, either in the free version or by subscription. In addition, there is no way to control quality manually. In any case, the application decides the frequency of streaming according to the quality of the data connection on the web.

Spotify offers maximum audio quality superior to YouTube Music Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudoSpotify offers maximum audio quality superior to YouTube Music Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo

Spotify offers maximum audio quality superior to YouTube Music Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / TechTudo

The application interfaces are very similar, with a division into sections with buttons on the footer. They take the user to the home screen or their personal library, for example. The difference on YouTube Music is the presence of the search button at the top and, on the bottom bar, the "Hot" tab, with a list of popular songs among users of the service.

Regarding usability, Spotify tends to take the lead by allowing use in the background in free or paid modes. In this way, the service can offer a better experience in ambient sound, as it does not require that the cell phone is always with the screen on.

YouTube Music has a design similar to Spotify Photo: Reproduo / TechTudoYouTube Music has a design similar to Spotify Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo

YouTube Music has a design similar to Spotify Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo

Spotify costs R $ 16.90 per month with 30 days of free tasting. The service also offers a different price with 50% discount for students, in addition to a family plan that shares a single subscription of R $ 26.90 with up to six people, each with an independent account.

YouTube Music has a price of R $ 16.90 per month with a free trial month. Google also offers a special value for users who choose to subscribe to Music in conjunction with YouTube Premium, to download any video from the platform to watch offline. In this modality, the value rises to R $ 20.90.

Cost-benefit and competitors

Because it offers the best value for money per person, the Spotify family plan is the best option for streaming music if you have someone to share your subscription with. The same goes for students and can prove their link with an educational institution to obtain the lowest price offered by Spotify.

YouTube Music is a more advantageous option in the combo with YouTube Premium. For R $ 20.90 monthly, the service allows you to download clips, music and any other video from the platform to watch without Internet, in addition to delivering a value that Spotify is unable to offer.

If you still have questions, it is also worth investigating the benefits of Deezer. The streaming service offers free version with advertisements, playlists generated by curators and access to "Flow", an endless playlist created from your musical preference. The Premium version costs R $ 16.90 and often has promotions of R $ 1.99 during the first three months.

Spotify vs. YouTube Music

SpotifyYouTube Music
Price R $ 16.90; 26.90 (family); student discount (50%)R $ 16.90
Free versionYes, with advertisements; 30 days of free PremiumYes, with advertisements; 30 days of free Premium
Audio qualityAt 320 kbpsAt 128 kbps
RdioYesYes
VideosAt theYes
Listen offlineYesYes
PlaylistsYesYes
Suggested contentYesYes
ApplicationsAndroid, iOS, Windows, macOS, PlayStation, Xbox, TV, webAndroid, iOS, web