A new player in the music streaming service rose up a couple of weeks ago and his name is Beats Music and he promised to offer all of your favorite music and unprecedented music suggestions, but how does Beats Music compare to Google’s streaming service? Well ive been using Beats Music for a couple of weeks now and ive used Google Play Music All Access since day one so I think I can comfortably compare the two. Now it’s important to keep in mind while reading this comparison that Beats Music is still very young and is sure to get significantly better as time goes on due to user feedback as oppose to All Access which has had months to be in users hands and improve.
I found Beats Music to be a well-rounded music streaming service in the time I used it and I found it to definitely be usable as a daily music listening app. That’s exactly what I did, I used it as my main music listening app which revealed to me the apps biggest flaw and biggest enemy at the same time, its UI. The UI of the app is very pretty to look at and I personally took a liking to it over All Access’ UI but unfortunately at the same time the UI was hard to navigate. Trying to find certain things in the app was virtually impossible unless you spent a few minutes searching for it and it took me a week to figure out how to change the sentence in the “Right Now” portion of the app. Things like that just shouldn’t happen in an app, it should be easy to navigate or at least put a short tutorial in showing users how to do everything when they first open it.
Moving past the UI Beats Music suggestions were a big positive of the app, they were spot on most of the time suggesting to me music that I love and had forgotten about or introducing me to new artists and songs that I fell in love with. Beats Music’s suggestions are given by real people in the music industry who know music like the back of their hands and you can definitely tell. While All Access was pretty good at offering music suggestions as well I found Beats Music to be significantly better most of the time.
As for available music on Beats Music I never really encountered a situation where the music I was looking for was not there. This may be due to the fact that I’m a pretty mainstream music listener but even when I looked up some off the wall band or song trying to find a hole in Beats library it was there most of the time. There are some holes in the library but most people would be hardpressed to find them. Beats Music and All Access had essentially the same library besides a few things.
As far as features go the two music services are on par with eachother. They both offer saving music for offline listening, music suggestions, top music for the time, and access to a huge library of music. While All Access handles these things a little more elegantly and runs a little better there is not really one killer feature that one app offers that the other does not. As far as bugs go Beats Music had it’s fair share of bugs while All Access’ were for the most part squashed but then again like I said Beats Music is very young. The one thing about Beats Music that I really liked over All Access was that it’s music was significantly louder.
All in all Beats Music and Google Play Music All Access are more similar than they are different. With all the same features and for the most part the same music library choosing which one of these is right for you comes down to personal preference. You can download them both with the links below, All Access is free for 30 days then will cost you $9.99 per month, Beats Music is free for 7 days then will cost you $9.99 per month or $119.88 for the year.
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