With these apps you can download songs for free (if they contain them). However, you should remember that just because something is available as a free music download does not mean that it is legal, as the owner of the song may not have given the site permission to do so.
Pirate sites have tons of free downloadable music content that is guaranteed to be illegal. So make sure you have Creative Commons or Copyleft permission before downloading MP3s.
Jamendo Music: Ad-free downloads and offline playback
With Jamendo Music you can listen to, and most importantly, download over 600,000 tracks without spending a penny. What is remarkable about this app is the fact that there aren’t any nasty ads getting in your way. Who Said There Is No Free Lunch? A gem appears once in a blue moon.
To use this app, you must first sign up for an account. Once you do, you can play any song at any time without any interruptions. The user interface is simple and easy to use. Jamendo has already attracted a community of more than 3,500,000 users – and the number is growing every day! They also offer royalty-free music for commercial use. So how about this for content creators?
Audials Play: perfect for radio recordings
Audials Play is one of the best ways for anyone to download music to an Android device for free, but it’s an unconventional approach. While the app lets you download tons of music, all of the music is pulled from the radio itself. Sure, an out-of-the-box solution, don’t you think so?
Audials Play offers a total of 100,000 radio stations in MP3 and AAC format as well as 260,000 podcasts sorted by country and genre. Audials Play can record entire programs as required or save the stream with automatic song separation. You can play the music or resend it later even if you are offline. There are no ads and in-app purchases to suffer from, and no banner ads are displayed in the app either. While they don’t play commercials, there are some stations that make some money playing radio ads.
The interface is so simple that you can tap the menu a few times and start recording. This comprehensive, well-designed app has discovery capabilities, EQ controls, and Chromecast support to boot. In addition, with Audials Play you can plan recordings in advance and snap these melodies in advance.
SoundCloud: Best for quality and quantity
SoundCloud is one of the best free music apps if you want to settle for lesser known hits as the app is popular with independent or darker artists who upload their tracks here for everyone to play for free. Many titles are also available for download here.
It is considered the world’s largest music and audio streaming platform and offers more than 200 million songs. At the same time, it offers a wide range of genres not found elsewhere, such as DJ sets, hand-curated playlists, remixes, and freestyles – aside from charts. Top albums and mainstream releases.
The free version features mostly independent artists and is perfect for music enthusiasts to discover new pieces or a new artist, or perhaps to be part of an emerging genre. Popular artists will most likely place their songs behind a paywall here. So don’t be disappointed if your favorite artist does!
SoundLoader: Fast and easy download
SoundLoader is an interesting addition to this list because it is easy to do. In fact, it only takes three steps to store your favorite music on your handset. Just copy and paste the song’s url, launch SoundLoader, paste the link in the dialog box and tap “Download”. That’s it!
There are also no irritating popup ads to deal with. With this app you can create a backup of your favorite songs in no time. Note that it is your responsibility as the user to obtain permission from the content creator before republishing, redistributing, or reusing any downloaded audio.
SONGily: simplicity in person
SONGily is a free app that has a simple interface that you can use to find and play or download the music you want. Of course, this assumes that they carry the track. Your mileage can vary depending on what you’re looking for, and a famous song search sometimes takes you to a number of covers, live versions, and remixes that are legal to download, unlike the official album version.
Even so, there are still a ton of great tracks available for free. So it’s worth checking out. Note that this is an ad-supported app.
RockMyRun: Best for workouts
RockMyRun claims to be “the best running and fitness music app” and allows you to download music for offline playback (you can also cache it). RockMyRun provides DJ mixed playlists for workout soundtracks and more.
You can adjust your BPM to your heart rate, filter the length of the playlist based on your exercise time, or use the myBeat feature to automatically change the music to match your current status. What could be nicer than specially curated DJ mixes for your workout style?
Palco MP3: A very niche app
Palco MP3 is a free platform for independent Brazilian artists who want to share their talent with the rest of the world. Currently, there are more than 1.4 million songs from over 126,000 artists in 60 genres to get your loot moving. I understand this is a very niche market, but anyone who wants to try something that is different from your everyday tunes should give this a try.
With this app, you can stream radio stations, curate playlists of your favorite music and download songs to your smartphone for offline listening. Whether you want to rock samba, bossa nova, hip-hop or electronica, Palco has it all for you. Dive in and discover what Brazil has to offer.
Advanced Download Manager: Best for quick downloads
The Advanced Download Manager allows you to download up to five files at a time, including MP3s and MP4s. There are a variety of settings that you can use to customize how you want to download these files, including limiting the download speed (so you don’t have to quickly chew through your monthly data quota before finding a WiFi hotspot) as the number of simultaneous ones Downloads. Interestingly, the download speeds with Advanced Download Manager are commendable.
Finding free music tracks from the in-app browser can be a very complicated experience. However, once you zoom in on your goal, downloading this title is a breeze. For those who are still on lollipop and marshmallow, you can download songs straight to your SD card – assuming your smartphone supports expandable storage. This app has ads.
Anghami: Best for Arabic audio
Do you fancy Arabic or African music? Anghami is aimed at users from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) and offers a very similar service to Google Play Music. For those of us who don’t live there, it’s an excellent source of free Arabic and North African music.
The free service isn’t unlimited and you will see some ads, but this is well worth the starting price if you want to be more sophisticated and discover new music from another continent.
Hungama Music: Best for Bollywood fans
If you are a fan of Indian music of various genres, Hungama is the place for you. This app has a huge database of songs (15 million and more) including Bollywood numbers, songs in Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and Telugu.
In addition, there are videos that can be downloaded and viewed using the built-in player. The first time you use the app, you will receive a certain number of free downloads. So choose your favorites carefully before deciding whether to pay for anything more.
You can download the Hungama Music app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Loffee: Best for lo-fi music
Loffee is a simple but wonderful little app for fans of lo-fi beats and relaxed music. This is the stuff I would listen to on a long train ride or while lounging around the house on a Sunday afternoon. The various playlists are coffee-themed – such as: B. Dark Roast, Fresh Grinds and Roasted Beans.
The user interface and artwork are chic. Everything about Loffee just seems effortlessly cool. You can get information about art or music at any time during the shuffle. There are also links to Facebook, SoundCloud, Instagram, and Twitter for more information. Loffee also works offline, and all music was used with the artists’ permission.
Since you don’t need an internet connection to stream music, this is perfect for enjoying in the forest, in your weekend cabin, and out of civilization. It’s also great for long flights or car trips when the cellular signal may be inconsistent and non-existent.
While paid apps like Spotify have the option to listen offline, why pay when you can get something for free? After all, the days are over when we were proud of our MP3 collection and piled gigabyte by gigabyte in carefully named folders. It’s time to move on with the program.
Publisher’s Note: In an earlier version of this list, Google Play Music was nominated as the best option for Android fans. However, since the service has been retired by Google, which is now using YouTube Music, we removed this option from the list.
What’s your favorite free music download app on Android? Let us know in the comments.
This article was updated in April 2021 and comments from the previous publication have been retained.