Need help deciding whether Apple or Google has the right music streaming service for you? Then keep reading. Apple Music launched in 2015 and was a relative latecomer to the streaming services market, but Apple’s continual development of the platform has made it into one of the most popular choices for enjoying digital music. Google’s music strategy on the other hand has been confusing in recent years. The company’s original service, Google Play Music, has been rolled into YouTube Music, so that’s what we’ll look at here.
Google launched its original Play Music streaming service in 2011. Like Apple Music, Play Music gave you access to a vast music library, music recommendations, radio stations, and offline listening, all for a monthly fee. In a unique contribution to the streaming services field, Google Play Music also let all Google account holders (i.e. not just subscribers) upload up to 50,000 tracks from their existing music library to the cloud, for storage and online streaming.