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Best free apps for downloading music on Android

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 day ago

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.

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What are the best free music download apps? © AndroidPIT

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.

4shared Music

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.

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4shared Music is a great source of free music on Android. / © New IT Solutions
4shared Music Install on Google Play

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.

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GTunes is one of the few apps to let you directly search for and download music to your Android device. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download GTunes Music Downloader at the Play Store


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?

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

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
Google Play Music Install on Google Play

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. 

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Advanced Download Manager is a great way to manager your files and download free MP3s / © ANDROIDPIT
Advanced Download Manager Install on Google Play

What’s your favorite app for free music downloads on Android?

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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  • World Time Analog Watch Face 2 hours ago Link to comment

    I have used the 4shared Music and all I can say is that it is excellent! You couldn't ask for more, all user will love as it is user friendly.

  • Ian Breen 6 hours ago Link to comment

    Hands down...Pep mp3 download is by far the best! Lets you choose as far as kbps the song quality. Have used for over 4 1/2 years now and haven't found any that compare.

  • Mushthakh 13 hours ago Link to comment

    ADM is one of the best downloader.Using it since two months

  • 狂人金属 1 day ago Link to comment

    If you like music, u can try cloudmusic A. K. A 网易云音乐 it's an killer!

  • ryeongKim jee 3 days ago Link to comment

    i just have Google Play on my android. i think i must try other apps after this :)

  • Nickie Bakersfield 2 weeks ago Link to comment


  • Libon Freezle 1 month ago Link to comment

    Osons android app is also great tool for downloading music...

  • John F. 2 months ago Link to comment

    4Shared Music is an great music app which allows you to download and stream any music on your Android device for free

  • Rahul Rox 2 months ago Link to comment

    HAVE FUN :-) on your Free TIME by Watching Joke/Prank videos. :) Amazing android app which has 5000+ Prank/Joke videos.

  • Shary Moreno 3 months ago Link to comment

    I get the songs through my friends on Shary nowadays. No more hassle to download and fear of piracy files. This Android app lets me to listen to the playlist of my friends and people nearby. You can request to stream any songs you'd like to check out.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 3 months ago Link to comment

    what's new? or did you just microwave the already controversial article?

  • 3 months ago Link to comment

    thanks for the nice information

  • Abhay Bajaj 4 months ago Link to comment

    The easiest way is to download from Ad-free, no pop ups, and the widest library.

    Do let me know how your experience was!

  • Summer Lau 4 months ago Link to comment

    They seems like Any MP3 Downloader for downloading free songs from across the internet.
    BTW, there are a lot of alternatives for MP3 downloader in AlternativeTo. Haha. Just don't want to be blamed for free downloading.

  • Jimmy LightspeeD 5 months ago Link to comment

    ADM's pretty good

  • Omais ALi 5 months ago Link to comment

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

  • Anisha 5 months ago Link to comment

    Just download music from SoundCLoud ;)

  • Jordon Corston 5 months ago Link to comment

    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.

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