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