iTunes as we know it is over. It is walking, talking, and continuing to pretend it’s alive, but Spotify, Europe’s outrageously successful streaming music product, has just shown us the future.

Though you might not even be aware of the competitor that is attacking the music titan of the past decade, that iTunes business model is about to be blown up completely and swiftly. And it could even be thought of as fitting; iTunes accomplished the exact same thing during its early-2000s attack on the bricks-and-mortar retail music industry. Apple set the stage to decimate Tower Records and Sam Goody before either had a clue their industry was about to revolt. But innovation theory can provide a crystal ball; theory could have predicted iTunes’ success and it’s currently predicting Spotify’s success.

Spotify VS iTunes Round 1 – Audio Quality

The iTunes music files themselves are bought as AAC encodes at 256kbps. Anything of your own that you choose to add through iTunes Match is, by default, upgraded to this file type. See an iTunes Alternative to Manage iPhone Music >

The AAC type should out-perform MP3s at the same bitrate, so you cannot look forward better audio quality with Spotify except you describe its premiere number.

 

Spotify VS iTunes Round 2- Song selection

iTunes Store has the best library of available out there by around 28 million tracks in all. The iTunes Match service allows you to create a 25,000-song personal library as well as anything you buy from the iTunes Store itself.

Also with a big music collection wherever you are at any one time, Spotofy has a very impressive offering.

Spotify VS iTunes Round 3 – Audio Quality

The iTunes music files themselves are bought as AAC encodes at 256kbps. Anything of your own that you choose to add through iTunes Match is, by default, upgraded to this file type. See an iTunes Alternative to Manage iPhone Music >

The AAC type should out-perform MP3s at the same bitrate, so you cannot look forward better audio quality with Spotify except you describe its premiere number.

Spotify VS iTunes Round 4 – Price

The price of track and album downloads is a little bit more on the iTunes Store. There are $0.99 and $1.29 downloads. The other cost to consider is iTunes Match and that comes in at $25.9 a year.

Spotify Premium service comes in at $9.9 per month. You can pay half as much for the Spotify Unlimited service but there’s no offline playlists and no mobile access at all to enjoy. Over time, it gets quite expensive but that’s what 20 million tracks in your pocket costs.