The 5 Best Wi-Fi Free Music Apps
There are all kinds of ways to listen to music. You can blast tunes through anything from a boombox to a radio to a car stereo. But more and more music lovers are turning to streaming services. They feature huge libraries and curated playlists, but what if you want to listen to songs when you don't have Internet service? Here are 5 apps that offer offline listening options. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
The 5 Best Wi-Fi Free Music Apps
- Spotify: The most popular music streaming service
- Google Play Music: On-demand, ad-free listening
- Apple Music: The easy choice for Mac & iOS users
- Soundcloud: A large collection of indie & obscure music
- Deezer: Over 40 million songs available
Devices That Support Music Streaming Apps
Music apps are an increasingly popular way of tuning in to musical artists and listening to their songs. They generally require you to be connected to the Internet in order to stream content. But for audiophiles that need their tunes where there is no connection available, or for users who simply want to cut down on their data usage, downloading songs for offline playback is an important feature. Here are five of the best music apps that offer it.
#5 is Deezer. A veteran in the music streaming business, this app has been around for a while now. It boasts a huge library of over 40 million songs and is available in 180+ countries with a free ad-supported version. Amongst its features is Deezer's Hear This, a feed that keeps users up-to-date on new tracks and albums by artists that they listen to. The service also lets you follow other users or friends, so you can see their songs and playlists. Like most music streaming, it has a curated playlist based on your taste called Flow.
Deezer has an apps studio for discovery, interaction, and music-themed games. To enable offline music, users will need to upgrade to one of the service's paid plans. Subscriptions also include features like higher quality audio.
#4 Soundcloud. For music that is non-mainstream, this app is the way to go. Its distinct feature is that it allows users, artists, podcasters, and music labels to upload and promote their own content, making it a good platform for users to share and discover a broad spectrum of new and independent music. However, it can be harder to find more common and popular tracks.
Users can listen to music without an account, and can use the app on multiple devices. There are several options for offline listening. Depending on the uploader, songs can either be downloaded for free or be bought by paying the artist or label directly through a link. It should be noted that not all tracks have this option.
#3 Apple Music. For Apple users, this is the readily available choice. The app has over 40 million tracks, ad-free music, and weekly generated playlists. It also features exclusive content like shows, concerts, and albums. Its artist-based social networking feature, Connect, lets artists share special content with their fans, like audio snippets of new songs, photos, and the like.
Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station offers live broadcasts from DJs based in New York, Los Angeles, and London. For its offline playback, users can download and save up to 100,000 tracks to their library. However, they won't be able to offload these files or claim ownership. The app has no free ad-supported version, so users will have to pay for a subscription fee after a free trial period.
#2 Google Play Music. This app is one of the leaders when it comes to music streaming services. It has the staple feature of music playlists generated based on its users listening tastes, as well as curated collections based on genre, activity, and mood. Users can upload up to 50,000 personal songs onto the app's cloud storage.
Subscribers have ad-free, on-demand access to over 40 million songs and membership to YouTube Red, which adds a lot of content not usually found in other music streaming apps. For offline listening, both free users and subscribers can download music they have paid for. It should be noted that songs which have been downloaded via subscription will no longer be available if you unsubscribe.
#1 On top of the list is Spotify, the most popular music streaming app to date. Arguably the best when it comes to radio, it features a catalog of over 30 million tracks, curated playlists, and compatibility across devices. A customized playlist is generated every week, based on the user's music preference. Its social networking gives users the option to follow friends, see their public playlists, collaborate on playlist creation, and see what their friends are currently listening to.
Subscribers have the option to play music on-demand and ad free. The offline feature lets users download up to 3,333 songs on three separate devices. The service's overall user experience makes it the number one music streaming app on the market today.