Monday, July 30, 2018

Why an Apple fan switched to Spotify?

Yup.. I recently dumped Apple Music and switched to Spotify. The monthly prices are the same. So, why does a self professed Apple fan blogger sees himself switching? My wife wondered aloud too and so I am here to tell you why.

I have two iTunes accounts - a Malaysia account and a US account. Actually, the US account was my first - I had songs purchased from iTunes Music Store years ago. And I have tons of TV series (especially Games of Thrones) tied to the US account. I also have US-only iPhone app - most importantly Kindle. Often, I find myself switching stores so I can access my content. Trouble is, whenever I switched, Apple Music wiped off all my music and playlist from the device whenever I switched. When I returned back to iTunes Malaysia, my phone or iPad have to redownload or resync the playlist. It become a chore and annoyance when this happens too often.

Secondly, I really dislike the idea that when you stopped subscribing to Apple Music, Apple will keep your playlist in the cloud for only 3 months, after which they will wipe it away. Come on, Apple, playlist does not take a lot of space. Keep them there. When you threaten your customer that way, I don't like the feeling of being held hostage. I tried Spotify years ago and then I stopped subscription. A couple of years later when I resume my subscription, all my playlist remained. I was so pleased I don't have to rebuild them. Screw you Apple! Seriously, what were you thinking?

Update 9/30: Siri does not support Spotify, so I cannot ask Siri to play songs in Spotify while I am driving. That is so cruel, Apple. 


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