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Best free apps for downloading music on Android

Scott Adam Gordon

Free music is in. You've got Spotify, you've got Rdio, you've got Pandora. YouTube even provides a perfectly viable way to listen to music for free. But what if you don't just want to stream music. but want to keep it for offline too? AndroidPIT is here to help with our list of the best free apps for downloading music on Android.

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What are the best free apps for downloading music? © AndroidPIT

Disclaimer: all of these apps are capable of downloading files from the internet for free. Always ensure you have Creative Commons / Copyleft permission before downloading MP3s.

Music Download Paradise

Music Download Paradise lets you search copyleft music databases with ease in a bare bones interface. There's nothing flashy here, just a search bar, downloads list and library. You can listen to streaming music or download music files at leisure for later listening. Streaming tunes will appear with a music player widget in your notifications shade like any other music app and you can transfer your saved music to an iPod or your laptop.

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No muss, no fuss. Just a clean interface with streaming and downloadable tunes. / © ANDROIDPIT


RockMyRun lets you download or cache music for offline playback, which is just as good (and less likely to exist in a gray area of the law). RockMyRun delivers awesome DJ mixed playlists for the perfect workout soundtrack. You can match your BPM to your heart rate, filter my playlist length to perfectly match your workout or make use of the myBeat feature to automatically change the tunes to match your current state. What's better than custom built DJ mixes to suit your workout style?

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Find the DJs and genres you like and get your sweat on with RockMyRun. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download Manager for Android

Download Manager for Android is one of the most popular Android apps of its kind. Though it's not built specifically for audio, downloading MP3's is still a breeze in this free app. There is a dedicated music section for finding the tracks you want, and it's notable for its speed too, claiming it can download files up to three times faster than other apps. It also comes with its own web browser and audio player! This is a great all-in-one solution for downloading free music.

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It might not look pretty, but Download Manager for Android provides a great way to download music for free. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Play Music

This is another one of the top apps for downloading music that you can find in the Play Store. Google Play Music is known as Google's marketplace for music on Android, but it also regularly offers free songs and albums to download. Google Play Music is also a music player in its own right (it's even one of the ones that has graced our best Android music players list). It's a fantastic app and well worth checking out.

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Google Play Music is often home to free music downloads. / © ANDROIDPIT

Advanced Download Manager

Advanced Download Manager let's you download three files simultaneously including MP3's and MP4's. It includes a number of different settings so you can customize how the files are actually downloaded, including limiting the maximum speed of the download (so you don't use up too much of your bandwidth), and the number of simultaneous downloads you can have. It also provides incredibly fast download speeds. The in-app browser doesn't make searching for free tracks as simple as it could be, but once you do it makes light work of them. 

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Advanced Download Manager is a great way to manager your files and download free MP3s / © ANDROIDPIT

What’s your favorite app for downloading MP3s on Android?

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  • Rahul Rox 1 week ago Link

    HAVE FUN :-) on your Free TIME by Watching Joke/Prank videos. :) Amazing android app which has 5000+ Prank/Joke videos.

  • Shary Moreno 2 weeks ago Link

    I get the songs through my friends on Shary nowadays. No more hassle to download and fear of piracy files. This Android app lets me to listen to the playlist of my friends and people nearby. You can request to stream any songs you'd like to check out.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 4 weeks ago Link

    what's new? or did you just microwave the already controversial article?

  • 4 weeks ago Link

    thanks for the nice information

  • Abhay Bajaj 2 months ago Link

    The easiest way is to download from Ad-free, no pop ups, and the widest library.

    Do let me know how your experience was!

  • Summer Lau 2 months ago Link

    They seems like Any MP3 Downloader for downloading free songs from across the internet.
    BTW, there are a lot of alternatives for MP3 downloader in AlternativeTo. Haha. Just don't want to be blamed for free downloading.

  • Jimmy LightspeeD 2 months ago Link

    ADM's pretty good

  • Omais ALi 2 months ago Link

    Somusic app allows to play and download mp3 totally for free...

  • Anisha 3 months ago Link

    Just download music from SoundCLoud ;)

    • Scott Adam Gordon
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      3 months ago Link

      I wanted to include the Soundcloud but download doesn't work in the app version :( :(

  • Jordon Corston 3 months ago Link

    So, I think hypemachine is a viable option. It cost about $4 for the app, but you can have 25 songs (I think) for offline use. And as far as I know, it's legal. No subscription fee either.

  • Stuart Male 3 months ago Link

    I'm surprised you didn't just put utorrent. Biggest piracy app there is!

  • Brett Harry 3 months ago Link

    Hi Guys, I found a Crazy Awesome app to Experience Music, It's " FlipBeats"

    FlipBeats Rock's I love this SUPER AWESOME APP, NO ADDS, the sound is neat Great App

  • Wallambok K Dkhar 3 months ago Link

    What!!! Free mp3 downloading apps? On top of that 5 options, hmmm.. its tempting but the truth is none of the the above suggested apps are found in play store.... Ho ho ho..... Merry Christmas folks or jokes (dare I say)

  • Kris Carlon
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    • Staff
    9 months ago Link

    I listen to BeatGuide all the time, which has streams from all the major clubs in any city you choose and Spotify and YouTube are brilliant too. I always stream because I'm always on WiFi. I just have a few regular albums saved on my phone for non-WiFi areas. Or I take my iPod if I need more.

  • Henry B. 9 months ago Link

    I personally like Soundloader for Soundcloud which allows you to download music from soundcloud for offline listening. As many artists upload their work to Soundcloud for free themselves, it's piracy guilt free downloads!

  • Henry B. 9 months ago Link

    The artists make such a small margin on downloads, but they gain so much from the free sharing of their music and subsequent ticket sales. I don't necessarily think it's a bad idea for the artist or audience. Download the TED app and check out the awesome video 'The art of asking' about music piracy pros and cons :)

    • Bojan M. 9 months ago Link

      That's just you trying to make some excuses. Unless the author himself allowed free download, it's piracy. Period!

      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 9 months ago Link

        that's true story. I wont try to accuse you but one of my theories is that black app stores can cancel revenue from your app store but since you dont give out music it wont matter you. (IMPORTANT NOTE: JUST A THEORY, I wont accuse anyone)

        @bojan seems we understand each other quite well since we know that we both like anime.

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