December always has us feeling reflective about the past year, and what better way to journey through 2021 than through music? (If you listened to a lot of emo music, you are not alone.) Spotify has made this possible with its Wrapped feature, available yearly at the beginning of December. If you haven't used it, Wrapped shows Spotify users their most-played songs for the year. However, Apple users want to know if Apple Music has a Wrapped-like tool, too. After all, we don't all use Spotify.
Is there an Apple Music Wrapped?
Apple Music has its own version of Wrapped, and it's called Replay. It launched in November 2019. The easiest way to access it is simply by typing "Apple Replay" into Google and going to replay.music.apple.com. If you have an Apple ID that you use with your Apple Music subscription, then you'll be able to see your top tracks for 2021. It's actually just as cool and comprehensive as Spotify's Wrapped.
In fact, Apple Replay was launched ahead of time, which meant you could listen to Replay at any point during the year if you listened to enough music. Even though the feature was created to mark the end of the year, it's updated weekly — so you can use Replay at any point to listen to your favorite songs. Apple Music also made it possible for users to save their Replay playlists (just click on the +Add button) as well as share with other Apple Music members.
The only limit to Apple Replay is that it chronicles the music within its library, so if you add obscure music from your own collection, it may not reflect in Replay. Other than that, it actually affords even a bit more flexibility than Spotify Wrapped, albeit without as many cool colorful graphics accompanying it.
Replay doesn't seem to be as popular, which might be due to the fact that Spotify allegedly has more users. According to Music Ally, Spotify had 365 million users by the end of June 2021, with 165 million premium subscribers and 200 million free listeners, while Apple Music may have had an estimated 180 million subscribers by the end of that same month. It also works in Spotify's favor that it lets you listen to music for free if you're cool with ads, whereas Apple Music requires you to pay for a membership right away.
One really cool thing about Spotify's Wrapped is that you don't have to be a subscriber to get its data to learn which artists and podcasts were the most popular in 2021. This year, we learned that Bad Bunny is Spotify's most-streamed musician with more than 9.1 billion streams, and Taylor Swift is the most streamed female artist. The most-streamed song of 2021 was "Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo.
Regardless of whether you use Spotify or Apple to get your top hits, year-end lists are always fun, and these platforms have made reflecting back on our creative tastes that much cooler of an experience. If by some chance you aren't happy with how either Apple Music Replay or Spotify Wrapped have reflected your listening habits, both yearly lists refresh on Jan. 1, so New Year's Day is the perfect time to get a jump start on next year's list.