With Spotify Wrapped 2021 now, Apple Music customers can keep away from feeling neglected

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Spotify launched its much-anticipated wrapped feature earlier this week. The annual event, which allows subscribers to view stats from last year – breaking down the most streamed artists, albums, songs, and podcasts – dominates social media for days after they land. With Wrapped 2021, Spotify is also revealing global trends in its music streaming service, including the world’s most popular artist over the past 12 months. But what about those who don’t rely on Spotify to stream their favorite artists, playlists, and podcasts? Well, the second most popular option is Apple Music, which offers subscribers an alternative to Wrapped 2021 … here’s what you need to know.

Apple Music has no equivalent of Spotify Wrapped. Instead it is The Apple Music Replay feature is available all year round and is usually updated in February with new stats about your most streamed artists, albums, total time you’ve spent listening to music in the last year, and more.

However, the website that shows these stats is pretty simple. It’s essentially just a list and looks incredibly dated compared to the slideshow Spotify put together for its users, complete with background music (tailored for you based on your tastes) and vibrant graphics shared on your social media can be. If you want to share your Apple Music stats, you have to take a few screenshots and post them yourself … not the most intuitive feature.

There are some third party apps that can offer an almost scientific depth in the statistics of your listening habits, favorite artists, time spent listening to a particular album, the number of times you skipped a particular song, the list goes on and on … One such option for iPhone owners is Snd. Wavewhich can be downloaded for free, but locks some advanced features behind an in-app purchase.

Another popular feature that is part of the introduction of Wrapped is the bespoke playlist that Spotify has been putting together every year with some of your favorite songs since January. This is the rare area where Apple Music does a better job than Spotify.

That’s because Apple Music Replay subscribers also have the option of downloading a playlist that dates back to 2015 for each year they subscribed to the service. These playlists contain the 100 most played titles each year. Pretty much like Spotify so far. However, Apple Music subscribers can download these playlists earlier this year and follow their development in real time. Starting in January, for example, Apple Music subscribers will be able to add the Replay ’22 playlist to their library.

Of course, there will only be a few titles in the ranking to begin with, but it will slowly build up over the year, with new entries taking the top spot, old favorites climbing the charts, and certain artists falling out of favor and disappearing entirely before the final order is completed on the last day of the year. Unlike Spotify, which stops collecting data on your listening habits a few weeks before Wrapped launches, Apple Music subscribers can add festive tunes to their most-played playlists … as long as they repeat their favorite Christmas hits over the past few weeks of the year .

Apple Music Replay is available on the website here at the moment. If you’re a Spotify subscriber, you can now check out your latest Wrapped in the app.

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