Apple Music’s Biggest Flaw

I love Apple Music, but…

Brad LaPlante
3 min readOct 10, 2022

We all know that Spotify is a superior streaming platform for music. They were on the scene first. If Apple had been quicker to the punch, maybe it could have carried over its iTunes success with Apple Music.

Everyone does have preferences, though. I prefer Apple Music. First, let me explain.

I’m well aware that Spotify is better for music discovery and has a better app user interface. In fact, Spotify having a functional desktop app makes it better than Apple Music. That’s not the point.

There are many features that draw me to Apple Music, for example, it doesn’t feel overwhelming from a UI perspective. I also think its layout and user interface is slightly better even if the user experience is slightly worse. I also have a theory — I’m sure I’m not alone — that Spotify shuffles music to be partial towards music you listen to more.

Apple Music, unlike Spotify, allows you to purchase music. Though it is rare, I do have a few songs downloaded that it feels nice to have the option. For example, if a song isn’t on Apple Music, I can either purchase or download it and sync my iCloud music library to stream on any device.

Furthermore, Spotify made a change a few years back to the way music is organized. Instead of focusing on albums…