Difference Between iTunes and Apple Music?

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iTunes vs Apple Music: What’s the Difference?

If you are not sure what differentiates iTunes and Apple Music, the following guide should shed some light on it so you easily understand the differences. Just read on to learn everything about these two great music services.

iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video (as well as other types of media available on the iTunes Store) on personal computers running the OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The iTunes Store is also available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.


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Apple Music is a music streaming service developed by Apple Inc. Users select music to stream to their device on demand. The service includes the curated Internet radio station Beats 1, the blog platform Connect that allows artists to share their posts, photos, videos and tracks with fans, and Radio which incorporates some aspects of iTunes Radio. Apple Music provides music recommendations based on user’s taste and is integrated with Siri voice commands.


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Difference between iTunes and Apple Music

  1. iTunes is all about media ownership – music, movies, TV Shows, podcasts, etc. It’s a one-stop digital media library and mobile device management software which provides a more comprehensive service than what Apple Music does. Apple Music, on the other hand, is a stand-alone music streaming service which is all about music.
  2. iTunes can be used as a portable media player to listen to your favorite music on-the-go, whereas Apple Music cannot be used as a media player.
  3. iTunes offers a plethora of media resources including music, movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Radio, etc. for download and purchase. Apple Music, on the other hand, is a subscription-based music streaming service which charges its users $9.99 per month for its services. It also offers a $14.99 per month family plan for its users.
  4. iTunes allows you to organize and manage your media library, while allowing you to sync your media content between your Apple devices and computer. However, Apple Music cannot do that.
  5. You can access the iTunes Store in the iTunes software itself. If you cannot find anything in the iTunes library, you can search for them in the iTunes Store. Apple Music, on the other hand, is a dedicated music-streaming service offered by Apple.


iTunes vs. Apple Music : Comparison Chart

iTunes Apple Music
iTunes is a media library, media player, online radio station (Beats 1),  and much more. Apple Music is a separate music streaming service developed by Apple Inc.
iTunes can be used as a media player to stream your music on-the-go. Apple Music cannot be used as a media player.
It’s a mobile device management software developed by Apple Inc. It’s all about streaming music and videos.
Services are free of cost. You only have to pay for purchase of media content. It charges $9.99 per month for its services ($14.99 per month for family plan).
iTunes includes everything music, movies, TV Shows, podcasts, apps, ringtones, and more. Apple Music is a music and video streaming service.
Music can be synced between Apple devices and computer. Music cannot be synced to Apple devices such as iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPad, iPhone, etc.


Summary: iTunes vs. Apple Music

There are two subscription services offered by Apple – Apple Music and iTunes. While Apple Music is a stand-alone music and video streaming service which charges its users $9.99 per month for its services, iTunes is more than just a media player. iTunes includes everything from music and movies to TV Shows and Podcasts. While Apple Music is all about music streaming, iTunes is both a virtual media player and an all-in-one digital media library.

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