Youtube music vs spotify

Youtube Music vs. Spotify – Which One To Prefer?

Updated on May 5, 2023

It’s a debatable topic to choose between Youtube Music and Spotify. Both of them are music streaming platforms used all around the world.

I have experience in using both of them and have some good knowledge.

So, in this article, I have squeezed out my knowledge to recommend the best platform for you. I have decided to point out some important differences by keeping the overall user experience in my mind. Let’s have a look at each one of them.


Library size – How many songs they have on their platform?

Youtube music vs spotify

On YouTube Music:

Both of them have a music library of millions of songs.

You will find every song that you can think of on both of the platforms. But I would prefer going with Youtube Music here just because it shows multiple suggestions related to your query.

You can find every version of the song uploaded on youtube with the help of youtube music. I would say that there are plenty of songs that I like, and those songs are not official and composed of different music artists.

On Spotify Music:

But it’s not even possible to think about it on Spotify. Because Spotify shows only officially launched songs, and you can’t go beyond it.

There is only a linear listing of songs, and if you don’t remember the actual title of the song, then it will barely be possible for you to find the song that you are looking for.

Cost Comparison – At what cost both of them are available?

Both Youtube Music and Spotify have Free as well as paid plans. Free plans come with some limitations too.

In free plans, you will have to face a lot of ads in between your favorite music.

This is really frustrating to seen ads while playing your songs.

They both have a kind of same specifications in their free versions, but there is one thing where youtube music lacks, i.e., the sound stream quality.

The Youtube music supports a sound stream quality of 128 Kb/sec. But in Spotify, this stream quality is quite better and rages up to 160 Kb/sec.

On YouTube Music:

As we know, both streaming platforms have their own premium membership, which gives some more ability to the user. Similar to Youtube Music, after buying their premium membership, you can blocks out the ads from your favorite music and enjoy them without any interruption.

In Youtube Music, you can subscribe to their premium membership in just 9.99$, which is much cheaper than other music streaming platforms. Along with that, you can get access to Youtube Premium just by paying 2$ more and get premium features like ad-free videos, background music, and many others.

It is good enough to consider buying both than purchasing only the Youtube music premium plan. Even the family plan will cost you around $18, which is quite affordable for the whole family.

On Spotify Music:

On the other side, the price of the Spotify premium is around $9.99/month and doesn’t have any other combo offer.

So, both of them are kind of similar to each other in terms of pricing. And if you are looking to buy the multiple user’s plans on Spotify, then there is a duo plan that will cost you around $13/month, which is quite affordable.

If we compare Spotify with youtube music, then I must say that if you want to buy the subscription for only two people, then Spotify would be your first choice, but if you want to buy a family plan for multiple members, then Youtube music is better.

Search Capability – Listing of songs and Playlists

Both have a huge server that performs searches very fast. But as we know, after google, the most popular searching platform is youtube.

The search capability refers to finding the exact songs that you are looking for, Listing them with the best user experience, showing related queries, and much more.

On YouTube Music:

The search capability of youtube music is a beast itself, and you can find any song with just a small portion of that song. In short, you don’t have to remember the exact title of the song. Still, you can find any trending songs just with their lyrics.

Along with that, Youtube Music has a great user experience, which makes it easy to use. For example, if you are searching for a song, then Youtube music will also recommend some other artists, playlists, Albums, and much more related to searched songs.

On Spotify Music:

Spotify doesn’t have such a good search capability.

In Spotify Music, if you don’t know the exact title of the song, then it’s kind of impossible to search that song. You will barely be able to find it in Spotify.

An not only that, but the UX is also not such good; there is only a linear listing of songs and doesn’t recommend any playlist or artist albums. Even you can’t see your history in a mobile device on Spotify, but it’s possible on the desktop to see your watched songs history.

Wrapping It Up

So, if you are a Music lover and confused in-between choosing the music streaming platform, then this guide is just for you.

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If you like this article, then don’t forget to share it with your music lover friends. Also, if you have any suggestions that you want to add with us, then you can comment down. I would love to solve all of your queries.