What's better than a music download? That's right, a free music download. You've got Spotify, you've got Rdio, you've got Pandora. Even YouTube 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 listening too? We're here to help with our list of the best free apps for downloading free music on Android.
All of these apps are capable of downloading files from the internet for free. However, it's worth remembering that just because something's available as a free music download 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. 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 appears to have been given the boot from Google Play, although the apk files may be available elsewhere. As with any sideloading, be careful what you install from third party app stores.
4shared Music has an enormous library of free music: at the time of writing there were some 5,965,819 tracks. The app enables you to 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 automatically gets added to a 15 GB 4shared cloud folder, which is also available to listen to offline, and 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 KitKat and older Android versions.4shared Music
RockMyRun lets you download music for offline playback, or cache it, 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 the playlist length to perfectly match your workout, or make use of the myBeat feature to automatically change the tunes to suit your current state. What's better than custom built DJ mixes for your workout style?RockMyRun - Best Workout 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 even graced our best Android music players list). It's a fantastic app and is well worth checking out.Google Play Music
Advanced Download Manager
Advanced Download Manager lets you download three files simultaneously, including MP3s and MP4s. 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. 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.Advanced Download Manager
Fancy some Arabic music? The excellent Anghami is targeted to 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 in the area it's an excellent source of free Arabic songs. The free service isn't unlimited and will play the odd ad, but that's worth putting up with in order to discover some genuinely new music.Anghami - Music Unlimited
What’s your favorite app for free music downloads on Android?