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Best free Android apps for downloading free music

Update: Souncloud makes an appearance

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 months ago

Downloading music seems to be going the way of the dodo, with streaming services like Spotify and Deezer taking over the helm. Still, you might be interested in some ways to download some tunes for free to have on you when you're offline. So, here we've listed some of the best apps to help you do that (legally).

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What are the best free music download apps? © AndroidPIT

All of these apps can download files for free. However, you should remember that just because something's available as a free music download, it doesn't mean it's there with the copyright owner's permission. There are loads of free music downloads on pirate sites and you can be sure they're not there legally, so always ensure you have Creative Commons or Copyleft permission before downloading MP3s. 

Previous versions of this article included GTunes Music Downloader, which offered a free music download service on Android. At the time of writing, it appeared to have been booted from Google Play, although the APK files may still be available elsewhere. As with any sideloading, be careful what you install from third-party app stores.

Soundcloud: best for quality and quantity

Best get in on this one fast, because Soundcloud has been mulling the introduction of a subscription fee for some time now and looks set to introduce one before the end of 2016. 

For now, at least, the service remains free and offers thousands upon thousands of free tracks (with around 12 hours of audio being uploaded very minute), mixes and live recordings. Not all of them are available for download, but many of them are.

It's a great source for independent labels and unsigned artists. Every genre you could possibly imagine is covered, making it a great place to discover new music.

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Soundcloud is an amazing place to discover free (for now) music. / © ANDROIDPIT
SoundCloud - Music & Audio Install on Google Play

4shared: best for old-school cool

4shared has an enormous library of free music. Last time we checked, there were 5,965,819 tracks. The app lets you search the vast 4shared database of files for your favorite music and automatically filters searches so that they only display MP3 files. Music you download is automatically added to a 15 GB 4shared cloud folder, which is available to listen to offline. You can add your own tunes to that folder too.

This is a fantastic app for finding classic, out-of-copyright music, as well as relatively unknown tunes from emerging artists. The interface has an old-school look that will appeal to fans of older Android versions.

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4shared Music is a great source of free music on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

RockMyRun: best for workouts

RockMyRun lets you download music for offline playback, or simply cache it, which is just as good (and less likely to exist in a legal gray area). RockMyRun delivers DJ-mixed playlists for workout soundtracks and more.

You can match your BPM to your heart rate, filter the playlist length to match your workout, or make use of the myBeat feature to automatically change the tunes to suit your current state. What's better than DJ mixes custom built for your workout style?

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Find the DJs and genres you like with RockMyRun. / © ANDROIDPIT
RockMyRun - Best Workout Music Install on Google Play

Google Play Music: best for Android fanboys

This is another one of the top Play Store apps for downloading music. Google Play Music is 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 even graced our best Android music players list).

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Google Play Music often offers free music downloads. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Play Music Install on Google Play

Palco MP3: best for Brazilian independence

Palco MP3 is a free platform for independent Brazilian musicians to share their songs with the world. They currently have a roster of more than 100,000 artists spread over a wide range of genres.

Using their app, you can stream radio stations, curate playlists of your favorite tunes and download songs to your smartphone to listen to on the go. Whether you're looking for samba, bossa nova, hip hop or electronica, Palco has it covered. So dive in and discover what Brazil has to offer.

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Palco puts thousands of independent Brazilian artists at your fingertips. / © AndroidPIT
Palco MP3 Install on Google Play

Advanced Download Manager: best for quick downloads

Advanced Download Manager lets you download three files simultaneously, including MP3s and MP4s. It includes a number of different settings that let you customize how the files are downloaded, including limiting the speed of the download (so you don't use up too much of your bandwidth), and the number of simultaneous downloads. Advanced Download Manager 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 find what you're looking for it makes light work of downloading tracks. 

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Advanced Download Manager helps you manage files and download free MP3s. / © ANDROIDPIT
Advanced Download Manager Install on Google Play

Anghami: best for Arabic audio

Fancy some Arabic music? Anghami targets users in the Middle East, where it serves as a similar service to Google Play Music. But for those of us who don't live there, it's an excellent source of free Arabic songs. The free service isn't unlimited and will play some ads, but that's worth putting up with in order to discover some genuinely new music.

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In the Middle East, Anghami is a Google Play Music-style service. / © ANDROIDPIT
Anghami - Free Unlimited Music Install on Google Play

What’s your favorite app for free music downloads on Android? Let us know in the comments.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Mona M 1 week ago Link to comment

    Nice list.

  • Try now www.speedysound.com easy fast and free way to download music. it works like google, search the name of the song you want and start your download direct in MP3 format. no copy and past or other stupid and old method

  • D.bennett 2 months ago Link to comment

    The title of this "article" is...misleading.

  • anshul 2 months ago Link to comment

    Google Play Music.

  • No apps to download Indian music:-( .But I'm satisfied with spotify.I have no need to download music.

  • Download free mp3 music with DeMuss app
    More information in g+ profile

  • Paulinka 3 months ago Link to comment

    Missing FrostWire from the mix - Plus from frostwire.com is both YouTube downloader and BitTorrent Client with search built in - you can download not only music, but videos and apps too :) And it has a built in player!

  • I read about similar apps on another android site.

  • Using an mp3 download site on the web like mp3dld.com has always been a much better option than using another app that has more features than one would ever need. If you just need music, its all you need.

  • I think that snap tube should have been mentioned for sure.

  • 4shared music is not working in my country UK. when I get to Google play store to download it will tell me not available in my location. Can someone please advise

  • You have mentioned all cool apps for downloading free music , but i also want to recommend a site , which provides free downloading of Latest Punjabi Songs 2016 here mp3-jatt.com

  • Videoder (Download version 10.0.4 from their Facebook page) or Peggo from the Amazon App Store.

  • Treasre Tunes is a new one, it has full albums, and easy to use.
    You can download and play offline with the paid version.

  • Do not waste your time with the first app AndroidPIT waste of time I wanted an app I can download music with and not saying it isn't capable of that but it's main focus is DEFINETLY not downloading music it has all kinds of B.S. on it. I wanted an app that downloads music and I want the best one now I'm not even going to waste my time with the rest cus they might work but they aren't the best obviously since I know of multiple apps that can do the job better than their #1 app on the article I want the BEST app which is why I read the article ( BEST Android apps for downloading free music ) instead I wasted my time!

  • Coolq8y is an app developed for client based in android, on Android and ios platforms. Its music app under media and entertainment category, which users can install to listen songs, download songs, make playlist, manage Songs, connect through YouTube channel to view all postings and play videos. Users can also integrate twitter feeds, instagram feeds and set up their contact information

  • Sina M. 7 months ago Link to comment

    install this if you like Persian musics
    ttps://cafebazaar.ir/app/ir.headphone.app/?l=en (please add a H to the first of the link AndroidPit doesn't allow it to me)
    (this is a link from an Iranian app store so you should first the install app store -it is a good alternative to play store if you want for sth new-but you first know )
    --how to change language in app store --
    look for نتظیمات (It means settings)
    and then look for زبان (It means language) and change it easily
    please try that ;)

  • Thank for sharing this information with us because we sometimes have difficulties looking for the best app to download free musics. I, myself, use the mp3skull.com

  • Zach 7 months ago Link to comment

    i think better using tubemate and download song on there and convert to mp3. hahaha

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