Apple Music users lament being left out of Instafest craze: ‘I’m sick’

The end of the year is approaching, and so is Spotify Wrapped.

But while the streaming platform’s 422 million monthly users are eagerly waiting to find out which artists they’ve been listening to the most in 2022, many have already been made aware of this information, thanks to Instafest.

With Instafest, a third-party app featuring custom music festival posters ranking listeners’ favorite artists, music fans everywhere can now see their year in review and show off their pristine level of taste, all over the internet.

Unfortunately, Instafest is exclusive to Spotify.

In order to receive a personalized poster, Instafest users must enter their Spotify login credentials, and there is no option for other streaming services, not even Apple Music.

This is not the first time such a thing has happened.

Spotify Wrapped, a beloved and long-awaited perk offered to Spotify users, debuted in 2016.

Apple Music Replay, Apple’s answer to Spotify Wrapped, debuted in 2019, and only after years of outcry from disgruntled subscribers.

And even after the release of Apple Music Replay, many complained that its layout was too basic, providing users with their most-streamed song and musician stats in a minimalist format compared to the colorful interface and original from Spotify.

In this photo illustration, the logo of the music streaming platform Apple Music is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on April 8, 2019, in Paris, France. Platform users are upset that the third-party app Instafest is exclusive to Spotify.
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Now Apple Music users are upset again.

Unlike Spotify Wrapped, Apple Music Replay is available to users throughout the year. But with a lack of distinctiveness, the ease of access wasn’t enough to outweigh the freshness and excitement generated by Instafest.

“This instafest thing is a great example of Apple Music’s shortcomings, like how hard it could be to do social integrations like this,” Twitter user @fltchrr questioned.

“Apple Music needs to step up man, I’m sick of seeing these custom festivals from Spotify users,” said @moneyjumpin, receiving nearly 7,000 likes.

“Listen Spotify’s creative team needs a raise!! The instafest thing that creates festival lineup from the artists you listen to is so f****** cool,” @wadduh_x added. “Apple Music could never.”

Other equally disappointed Twitter users invoked a myriad of memes to express their dismay.

“Me having Apple Music and seeing everyone doing those Spotify Instafest queues,” @dancingastro tweeted, including the popular screenshot of the fictional Squidward Tentacles looking longingly at SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star.

“Apple music users are watching everyone else post their instafest gig,” @14Mwendwa added, along with a photo of Office Jim Halpert character.

“I as an Apple Music user see everyone on my TV doing this instafest thing,” @exoscmdump tweeted, building on a popular meme from stranger things.

But while many Twitter users relied on funny photos to describe their feelings after missing out on Instafest, others made sure to let their own words speak.

“Instafest?” @moonlitgordo wrote, sarcastically. “Oh, you mean yet another funny thing that us Apple Music people can’t appreciate?”

“This instafest stuff is so cool,” @fahadmuliika added. “Apple Music users just get a list with hours of listening.”

Newsweek has contacted Apple Music for comment.


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