JioSaavn v/s Amazon Music: Which is ideal for music streaming?
With the introduction of affordable 4G, we've seen a rise of several content streaming platforms. Some are focused on video-on-demand, while others are targeting online music, including JioSaavn, an amalgamation of Saavn and JioMusic, and Amazon's Prime Music. They both are pretty impressive, but there are some key differences that could easily make or break your whole music experience. Let's check them out.
First up, let's look at song collection
When it comes to the music collection (biggest factor), JioSaavn wins the game hands down. The platform comes with a massive collection of 45 million high-quality songs, including Bollywood, Punjabi, and Hollywood chartbusters. Even Amazon Prime Music features high-quality Bollywood and international music, but it only features some two million songs, which means you could be missing on some songs on this one.
JioSaavn even packs more regional music options
With a massive trove of songs, JioSaavn even delivers on language support. The platform currently supports 16 languages, including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Urdu, Haryanvi, Rajasthani, Odia, and Assamese. Amazon Prime Music only supports 12 of these languages and misses on music in Urdu, Haryanvi, Odia, and Assamese.
What about device support?
Notably, both the services can be accessed on Android and iOS devices or via web on the desktop. Meaning, accessibility won't be an issue, regardless of the platform you choose.
What about added benefits?
Both platforms offer radio stations and personalized playlists, classified by genres and languages, on a clean interface. However, if we look at added capabilities, there's a fine line between the two. JioSaavn comes with several original podcasts and audio shows like #NoFilterNeha and Kaahani Express with Neelesh Mishra. Meanwhile, Prime Music comes as part of Amazon's suite of Prime Video and free delivery benefits.
Access to Prime Video gives Amazon an edge
With Prime Video services, Amazon offers a massive number of movies, TV shows, and originals to stream. This includes some exclusive content for Indians (like Zakir Khan's Haq Se Single) as well as latest Bollywood and Hollywood movies.
Finally, what about prices?
JioSaavn offers free music streaming on all platforms with ads in between and no downloads. However, you can always ditch ads and get unlimited downloads by taking an annual subscription of Rs. 999. Even Amazon Prime Music comes at the same price, but do note that there's no option to switch to a free model on this one.
So, which one you should choose?
If you're looking for a platform with an insanely massive collection of songs (in various languages), you should go for JioSaavn's subscription. But, in case you're more of an occasional listener with limited song choices (latest Bollywood/Hollywood mainly), we'd recommend Amazon Prime Music. It will not just handle your basic music needs but also offer Prime Video services at the exact same price.