In the days of streaming services and online radio stations, you don’t have to create and create your own music collection. However, exclusively streaming music is all well and good until you venture outside.
If you’re traveling, or you’re running out of data plan, you’ll want your favorite music to be available for offline listening. Luckily, a number of services offer this feature, so here are the best music download apps for Android and iOS.
Spotify is currently the most popular streaming service. It’s the best place to find new music, offering a great discovery engine where you’ll find new tracks to listen to. Spotify makes it incredibly easy to create, share, and embed playlists.
No matter what your taste in music is, Spotify has you covered. And if you opt for Spotify’s Premium plan, you can download any song, album or playlist offline in the app.
Download: Spotify for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
If you’re an all-in in the Apple ecosystem, Apple Music is the best choice for you. Unlike Spotify, it doesn’t come with a free tier. You pay $9.99/month for the service, and that includes the ability to download songs for offline listening.
It’s easy to build your offline music collection with Apple Music. You can go to Settings > Music and turn on Automatic Downloads. Now when you add anything to your library it will be directly downloaded to your device.
Download: Apple Music for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Amazon Music is a service you might have access to, you didn’t know about. If you’re one of the millions of Amazon Prime subscribers, you also get access to Prime Music. While it’s free (for Prime members) Prime Music lets you download songs to your iPhone or Android device.
If you don’t want to pay for a streaming service, and you just need to use offline music all the time, take a look at Prime Music. Amazon’s music discovery and sharing features are nowhere near as good as Spotify’s. But as a simple offline music downloader and player, it’s pretty good.
Download: Amazon Music for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Pandora is best known for its smart set-it-and-forget-it radio service. Pick a song and let Pandora fill the next few hours with similar music. Pandora also added an on-demand component. If you pay for Pandora Premium ($9.99/month), you can download as many songs as you want to listen offline.
If you are a heavy Pandora user, it might be worth it. Use Pandora’s Music Genome Project to find more songs and albums you love, then add them to your library and take them with you offline using the same app.
Download: Pandora for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
If you are looking for alternative music or electronic mix music, SoundCloud is the app for you. If you want to find and support rising artists in your favorite genres, SoundCloud is the app for you. SoundCloud is known as a free streaming service available everywhere. But there is also an offline feature in the app.
Some tracks can be downloaded offline with the free plan. Most songs can be downloaded by paying the $4.99/month SoundCloud Go plan. And if you pay $9.99/month for the SoundCloud Go+ plan, you can download over 30 million songs exclusive to the Go+ plan.
Download: SoundCloud for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Slacker Radio is renowned for being an app that lets you stream the best radio stations (mostly sports) from around the world. But it also has a popular musical component. If you’re the type of person who likes to listen to music from different countries, Slacker Radio is a good choice.
Slacker Premium ($9.99/month) takes it one step further. Slacker Radio has patent pending technology that allows you to download content from online stations. So you can keep listening to your favorite stations, ad-free, even when you’re not connected to the internet.
Download: Slacker Radio for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Google Play Music
Just like Apple Music the best option for Apple users, Google Play Music is the best option if you go all-in in Google ecosystem. There are lots of cool things you can do with Google Play Music.
Google Play Music works everywhere from the web (where it has a very powerful player) to the iPhone. But it works great on Android, with native Google Assistant integration.
The Google Play Music UI is starting to look old. However, a recent fix takes a playlist-first approach to the service. With a $9.99/month Google Play Music Unlimited subscription, you can also download music for offline listening.
Download: Google Play Music for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
YouTube Music is the new kid on the block, and it’s great for music you won’t find anywhere else. YouTube has a large collection of endings, live concerts, and alternative versions of songs.
The free plan lets you listen to music for free (with occasional ads). If you pay for a $9.99/month YouTube Music Premium subscription, you can listen to music in the background and download music for offline use as well.
Download: YouTube Music for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
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