Spotify's price rise has me eyeing Apple Music - unless they change one thing

The music streaming wars amp up as prices go up an octave

How to save money on Spotify, music app subscription deals
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Music may be about art and not competition, but the same cannot be said for music streaming services. The contest between market leaders like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal is a fierce one. Having always been subscribed to Spotify, the service's latest price hike has me considering switching sides. 

Spotify has announced that after a one-month grace period, its standard subscription prices will rise from £9.99/$9.99 to £10.99/$10.99. In fairness that's not a massive increase but significantly, it brings it level with Apple Music and Tidal , which is also increasing its price to £10.99/$10.99.

I love Spotify, It has all my playlists and I think its algorithm is rock solid when it comes to recommending new music, but it has had me on the hook for a long time with a promise that still hasn't come true. Hi-fi audio. There have been recent noises that it's set to arrive this year, but it's gone a bit quiet on that front, so until it's in my ears I'm sceptical. 

Apple Music and Tidal both offer superior sound quality with their £10.99 subscriptions, known as lossless audio. Talk of Spotify's equivalent costing more than a standard subscription as part of a "Superpremium" plan that came with a few extra perks like audiobooks initially seemed fair enough but with the price now matching competitors, I'm expecting it as part of the standard subscription. If it's not, I'll likely be taking my ears elsewhere. 

How to save money on Apple Music, music app subscription deals, streaming service deals

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Of course, there are reasons to stick with Spotify. Its AI DJ feature is pretty nifty and the recent home screen redesign is pretty intuitive. It's also where most of my friends share their playlists. Apple Music also doesn't have a free plan so users should definitely consider that when deciding to switch. 

Most of all I really don't want to have to save all the songs I love over again but to get the most out of the best headphones I'll soldier through it. I want to use Spotify, but unless we get a hi-fi tier soon and at a fair price, it will be hard to stay.

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.