David starts off his article by mentioning this article from The Wall Street Journal which reports Apple Music having more subscribers than Spotify in the U.S. That’s great and all, but I can’t help agreeing with TJ Draper who had this to say on Twitter:
Headline: “Apple Music Overtakes Spotify in U.S. Subscribers”
Oh look, it's two steaming piles of horse poo competing for who's the least steaming pile. The UI and UX of both is just so awful. Is it too much to ask for a music service with a good catalog and good UX?
—TJ Draper (@tjdraperpro) April 5, 2019
As a former user of Spotify and a current user of Apple Music, both of these streaming platforms have some pretty severe UX issues (RIP Rdio). Shoehorning Apple Music into iTunes continues to be a terrible idea I hope Apple fixes soon. The confusion between music I own and music on Apple Music has caused some sync issues for me, leaving me music-less on a few plane rides.
And this isn’t to say that I don’t like Apple Music. There’s a lot it does right. Their human-curated playslists, my New Music Mix, and vast catalog is nothing short of terrific. But if I’m honest, I use Apple Music because of its tight integration into the operating system, rather than it actually being the best music-listening experience.
Unfortunately, I think Apple is just fine with that.