Its almost the end of 2022 and we have a lot of options when it comes to streaming music services. We have niche services that focus on specific features like Qobuz and Tidal, and mass market ones like Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify. While having more choices is generally good for us users, it can make it difficult to pick an option and leave us with decision fatigue. Let’s explore how both of these services have evolved to be what they are in 2022 so your decision is easier.
I have been using Apple Music for 4-5 years at this point, and 4 months ago I decided to subscribe to Spotify again after I kept hearing how much better the recommendation system was. I listen to all genres of music ranging from folk Nepali songs to EDM and have always been a big fan of music. While I am not an audio engineer or an audiophile, I love music, technology and I am always trying to find ways to improve my music listening experience. My typical listening happens on AirPods Max that I use while working at my desk, Meridian Sound System while I am in my car, stereo HomePod (original) pair with AppleTV on my TV and some miscellaneous headphones like AirPod Pro, SoundCore Liberty Air 2 etc while working out and doing outdoor activities.
I am going to try to be as little biased as I can for this review, but please be mindful that as a human it is going to be hard to be completely unbiased and music is already very subjective. What might sound good to me might not sound good to you as variables like the shape of your ears, device you use to drive the music, hearing differences (partial hearing loss) etc. will decide how you perceive the sound coming in to your ears.