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Of the big three music streaming players–that’s Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal–two have had an advantage, being available on both major mobile platforms, iOS and Android. Apple Music, on the other hand, lagged.
In November of last year, Apple did open its Apple Music service to Android, but it was in beta, not officially primed for mainstream use. Beta, for the uninitiated, is often far more buggy since it’s like a soft-opening for a hotel or restaurant, implemented to get the kinks out before an official launch. Apple Music’s beta lasted nine months.
According to the Verge, a good chunk of the time was dedicated to speeding up the app to the iOS version’s standard. There are some unique features in the Android version, such as offline downloading to an SD card, since Android phones often have removable storage, something that Apple has fiercely eschewed.
So why would any Android customer choose Apple Music over Spotify, or make a switch from platforms? While the services are very similar and compete at the same price points, there are a few differences that could push one user over to the other side–like Apple’s unique Taylor Swift library.