5 things Google Play Music does better than Apple Music

Well, folks, Apple has rolled out iOS 8.4 and with it – Apple Music. The company's foray into the music streaming world certainly caused some rumble. Seeing as iPhones are currently a huge part of the mobile market share, it's only natural that there will be a lot of eyes on Cupertinians' new service. In order to please artists, Apple promised to pay them the highest revenue cut, compared to rival streamers – 71.5%, compared to the usual 70%. In order to reel in users, it has promised a generous 3-month free trial period – one that caused some controversy with artists (no, it wasn't just Taylor Swift that wasn't pleased with it), but was ultimately modeled in a way that keeps everyone happy.

So, sure, Apple has some prowess, especially with Beats under its belt. There is no doubt that the new Music service will be great and keep its subscribers happy. But will it actually be leaps and bounds better than the competition? Well, currently, we can't really see it offering much more. In fact, let's check out 5 reasons why Google Play Music is still better than Apple Music!



1. Dmaki650

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2009

You do know that Apple is AAC which is actually better then Googles 320. AAC has better quality over 320 MP3.

2. waddup121 unregistered

Oh yeah, definitely. AAC > Mp3 any day. But Mp3 320kbps sounds pretty good nonetheless.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO there's no noticeable difference between 256 kbps AAC and 320 kbps MP3 All my music on my PC and laptop is 256 kbps AAC since all my music is from iTunes since I had an iPod since forever I use 64 kbps HE AAC for my Nexus 5 since I only have 16GB But there's only a tiny difference between that and 256 kbps AAC or 320 kbps MP3

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also Opus is the best audio codec in terms of quality, efficiency and low latency Except Opus is quite new and has very limited support Over 128 kbps there's almost no difference between Opus, AAC, LAME (MP3) or Vorbis Under 128 kbps there's small differences, being: Opus > HE AACv2 > HE AAC > LC AAC > Vorbis > LAMEhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_(audio_format)

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

320Kb AAC would still be better than 256Kb AAC. Just because Apple decides to go cheap does not mean its a good decision for customers. Besides storage space will only get cheaper they should encode their songs in the highest possible rate. Then sell premium membership to those that want it.

15. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Owning both, I can say that Google does EVERYTHING better than Apple.

3. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

You can sign into Google Play with 10 devices but you can only play music from one at a time.

12. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

That's odd, I'm able to play from my phone, tablet and web, all at the very same time

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Able to do it from : My nexus 7 , HTC M7 , M8 , M9 , Sonim XP7 , Alcatel idolx+ and my old sony Z1 all at the same time.. I was unable to test more as i dont have more device :P

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Except two things, brand recognition and a superb Beats 1 Radio-level type service.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Brand recognition = useless. Beat 1 radio-level = useless.

6. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I think everyone who cares about audio quality should go for Tidal. 1411Kbps flac is far superior than these. Of course it costs more, but if you think buying two CD's per month it is not so expensive anymore.

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

To be fair, here are 5 things that Apple Music does better than the rest: 1. it's Apple 2. it's Apple 3. Apple 4. the Apple logo 5. did I say it's Apple?

10. tino.k

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Wait, wait, wait, i have 6 things that Google Play Music does better: 1. it's Google 2. it's Gooogle 3. it's Goooogle 4. it's Gooooogle 5. it's Goooooogle 6. it's not Apple

18. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That was as original as IOS 7 through 8.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But Apple Music doesn't do GPS better than Google.

8. Fofer

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

Slide #1 says: "Even if you are not subscribed to All Access, you can still listen to tunes via Google Play Music. The difference is that you will have to sit through the occasional ad, and you can't play songs on-demand – you are limited to mood- and genre-defined radio stations." Apple Music has the EXACT same arrangement. Free users can still listen to mood- and genre-defined Apple Music radio stations, as well as Beats 1.

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But google has like 10 time more choice on those mood and genre defined radio stations.

25. Fofer

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

How do you even quantify that? I'm seeing thousands of mood and genre-defined radio stations (and playlists) on Apple Music. More than I'd ever need, covering every base. I'm not so sure Google has "like 10 times more choice" on those, and if it even matters. Heck, offer too many of them and it can be overwhelming, and a bad thing. I don't want more, I want BETTER!

21. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple had them last year when they first opened streaming music services, but they didn't work very well. The article is about things Google Play Music does better, not things they do that Apple doesn't.

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Thankfully I picked the early suscription promotion and now I'm enjoying Play Music for only $5.99, of course with some content/options missing due country restriction, but still has a plenty of content to live with.

11. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

$5.99? But how is that possible?

13. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Back in September when Google started offering their music service in my country (Panama) they had a promotion of $5.99 for the people who signed up for the service and stayed after the month trial. I got my suscription the very first day and decided to continue using it.

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

As one who is old enough to have a CD collection, the ability to rip and upload them makes this a no brainer. Once again, the walls in Apple's garden are higher than they should be to keep all that cash from leaking.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We get it. Google does some thing best. Apple does some things best. Spotify does some thing best...

24. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I've been a google play musice user since is found out you can upload your music to there cloud. So now I have space on my phones without using space on the phone or the SD card its really nice I have the google play music on my blackberry z10 as well.

27. Elfmonster unregistered

My favorite thing about gpm — you can play YouTube songs in background by hitting play and changing apps. That turns YouTube into a music player, which is very important because YouTube has plenty of songs gpm doesn't have, and you can listen to videos of non-music whatever in the background if you want.

28. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Xbox Music also have better availability, you can upload your own music to onedrive and streaming it, way more songs available, free versions with ads

29. Fofer

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

No, Xbox Music no longer has a free version with ads. This feature was retired on December 1, 2014.

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