Music downloading may seem to be on the way out due to the great success of streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer. Nevertheless, you might be interested in solutions to download songs for free to your smartphone, and listen to them without an internet connection. We have listed here some of the best applications to help you do this legally.
All these applications can download files for free. However, you must keep in mind that just because a song is available for free download, it does not mean that it is royalty-free. There are indeed a lot of free music downloads on pirate sites. To be sure to download legally, make sure you have Creative Commons or Copyleft permission.
- Jamendo Music
- Radio Players by Audials
- Google Play Music
- Advanced Download Manager
Jamendo Music allows you to listen to and, more importantly, download more than 500,000 tracks without spending a penny. What is remarkable about this application is that there is not even any advertising.
Simple, easy and completely free! / © Jamendo
You need to create an account to use the application, but after that you can listen to any song, at any time, without interruption. The interface is simple and easy to use. Jamendo has already attracted a community of over 3,500,000 members!
Radio Player by Audials is one of the best ways to download free music available on Android, but it is somewhat unconventional. Although you can download a whole bunch of songs with Radio Player by Audials, everything comes straight from the radio.
Radio Player by Audials has tens of thousands of radio stations from dozens of countries; you can start listening to them as soon as you find them and, by tapping a few times on its menu, you can start downloading them.
It is a complete, well-designed application that offers discovery functions, equalization controls and Chromecast support. In addition, Radio Player by Audials allows you to schedule recordings for an automatic supply of new music from your favorite stations. It’s the best app of its kind and a must for fans of free music.
Record music from tens of thousands of radio stations with Radio Player by Audials / © AndroidPIT
- Download Radio Player by Audials from Google Play Store
SoundCloud is one of the best free music apps if you’re not just looking for tracks or famous artists. The application is popular with independent or smaller artists who download their tracks so that everyone can listen to them for free, with many tracks also available for download. In addition to more than 125 million songs, SoundCloud also hosts talk shows, podcasts, virtually anything audio.
Every musical genre you can imagine is covered. The free version is mainly aimed at independent artists and can be a great way to discover new music or take a look at the next big trend or emerging genre. Big names from the music world are also present but their songs are mainly available on the pay version.
SoundCloud is an incredible place to discover free music (for now) / © AndroidPIT
Songily is a free application that offers a simple and pleasant interface to search, and then play or download the music you want… provided they have it, of course. Your use may vary according to your expectations, and the search for a famous song may sometimes be imperfect. The tool will offer you a host of covers, live versions and remixes to download legally and safely, rather than the official version of the album. Nevertheless, there is still a wide selection of good tracks available for free, so it’s worth a look.
Search and you will find / © AndroidPIT
RockMyRun allows you to download music for playback without an internet connection, or simply offers to hide it, which is just as well (and less likely to exist in a legal grey area). RockMyRun offers DJ-mixed playlists for practice soundtracks and more.
You can match your BPM to your heart rate, filter the length of the playlist to match your workout, or use the myBeat feature to automatically change songs to match your mood. What’s better than DJ mixes adapted to your training style?
Find the DJs and genres you like with RockMyRun / © AndroidPIT
This is another of the best Play Store applications for music downloads. Google Play Music is Google’s marketplace for music on Android, but it also regularly offers free songs and albums for download. Google Play Music is also a music player in its own right (it even honored our list of the best music players on Android).
Google Play Music offers free music downloads / © AndroidPIT
Palco MP3 is a free platform for independent Brazilian musicians to share their songs with the world. They currently have a list of over 100,000 artists in a wide range of genres.
With their app, you can stream radio stations, create playlists of your favorite songs, and download songs to your smartphone to listen to on the go. Whether you’re looking for samba, bossa nova, hip-hop or electronics, Palco has it all. So dive in and find out what Brazil has to offer.
Palco brings you thousands of independent Brazilian artists / © AndroidPIT
This advanced download manager allows you to download three files simultaneously, including MP3s and MP4s. It includes a number of different settings that allow you to customize the way files are downloaded, including limiting the download speed (so that you don’t use up too much of your bandwidth) and the number of concurrent downloads. The advanced download manager also offers incredibly fast download speeds.
The application’s browser doesn’t make finding free tracks as easy as it could be, but once you find what you’re looking for, downloading tracks becomes easier.
Advanced Download Manager helps you manage files and download free MP3s / © AndroidPIT
Feel like oriental music? Anghami targets users in the Middle East where it is an alternative to Google Play Music. But for those of us who don’t live there, it’s an excellent tool to discover free oriental songs. The free service is not unlimited and will run a few ads, but this is not a problem if you really want to discover new oriental sounds.
In the Middle East, Anghami is a Google Play Music type service / © AndroidPIT
If you’re a fan of different genres of Indian music, Hungama is for you. This application has a huge database of songs (3.5 million) including a large number of Bollywood music, and songs in Hindi, Punjabi, Gurjurati, Tamil, Telugu etc.. On top of that, it has videos to download and a built-in player. When you use the application for the first time you get a number of free downloads (20, when we tried it out), so choose your favorites carefully before considering whether you want to pay for more titles.
A wide variety of Indian music at your disposal / © AndroidPIT
Loffee is a simple but wonderful little application for Lo-Fi beat fans. It’s the kind of thing I could listen to on a long train trip, or lounging at home on a Sunday afternoon. The various playlists are thematic, such as Dark Roast, Fresh Grinds and Roasted Beans. The user interface and artwork are superb. Everything about Loffee just seems cool. You can retrieve information about art or music at any time during playback, and links to Facebook, SoundCloud, Instagram and Twitter allow you to explore further.
Loffee is a lo-fi hit / © Google Play Store
But the best thing about Loffee is that it works offline. So you won’t need an Internet connection to play the music. Perfect for flights or car trips when the signal may be erratic and non-existent.
What’s your favorite app for downloading free music on Android? Share your opinions in the comments.