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Best apps for downloading free 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 Android apps for downloading free music.

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What are the best apps for downloading free 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.

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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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 7 months ago Link

    wait a sec, this reveals controversy.
    you can download music for free, for which you usually have to pay, which is piracy.
    one of you (Loie) said at the topic of alternate markets, about the topic why Blackmart wasnt in the list:
    "AndroidPIT doesn't support pirating apps, and only getting paid apps for free when the deal is officially closed with the developers themselves."
    so pirating apps is bad, but Music is okay, hm...

    but seriously, I dont want to attack anyone, it just caught my eyes and is irritating me...

    • Lucas T 1 week ago Link

      Read the disclaimer.

      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 1 week ago Link

        might be true but still they dont list such methods for apps and similar things, and they are straight against it, which looks stupid when looking at this article even with the disclaimer.

  • Jay Chew 7 months ago Link

    +1 Philipp
    I personally thinks that it's unethical to promote pirating music. Artists and musicians work as hard as app developers too. Just because they're in the different field doesn't mean we can ignore their rights.

  • Henry B. 7 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. 7 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) 7 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.

      • Bojan M. 7 months ago Link

        Yeah :)

      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 7 months ago Link

        And just coz of my music widget, where you saw the angel beats soundtrack listed...

  • Henry B. 7 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!

  • Kris Carlon
    • Staff
    7 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.

  • Wallambok K Dkhar 1 month 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)

  • Brett Harry 2 weeks 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

  • Stuart Male 2 weeks ago Link

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

  • Jordon Corston 2 weeks 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.

  • Anisha 2 weeks ago Link

    Just download music from SoundCLoud ;)

    • Scott Adam Gordon
      • Staff
      2 weeks ago Link

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

  • Omais ALi 1 week ago Link

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