Free music is in. 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 music on Android.
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.
This 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 automatically gets added to a 15 GB 4shared cloud folder, which is also available to listen to offline.
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
GTunes Music Downloader
GTunes is a little-known music search engine that scours the internet for free-to-download music, then lets you download MP3s to your device. Its interface is basic, and it forces you to put up with a lot of ads, but it's very fast and effective at tracking down the music you want, then downloading it.
Music gets downloaded into a dedicated GTunes folder, so you have to either listen to it through GTunes or manually move your MP3 collection to your favorite music app using a file manager.
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?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'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.Google Play Music
Advanced Download Manager
Advanced Download Manager let's 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
What’s your favorite app for free music downloads on Android?