Streaming music apps are wonderful, but what happens when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or mobile data? While every app doesn’t offer this, offline music apps let you download songs to your device to stream when you aren’t connected or when you are running low on data.
Before You Start
Before you get ready to download all the music you want, there are a few things to consider. First, you’ll have to subscribe to the premium versions for offline access. Plus, if you ever cancel you service, you’ll lose access to anything you’ve downloaded. Offline music apps add identifiers to songs that require you to use the app online from time to time to refresh the license.
Offline Music Apps
Google Play Music
Google Play Music offers you access to over 40 million songs to listen to whenever and wherever, including offline. You’re able to download any songs and playlists to your device to stream without using data. It’s just $9.99 per month and includes a free subscription to YouTube Red. You can also upload up to 50,000 of your own songs to stream.
Spotify is one of the most popular offline music apps due to the wide variety of music, customization, and ease of use. You’ll need to subscribe to Spotify Premium to play your favorite music and playlists offline. It’s just $9.99 per month to listen to your music even if Wi-Fi isn’t an option. Student discounts are available.
Apple Music was once known as Beats Music and boasts over 40 million songs. Plans start at $9.99, but family plans are available for $14.99 for up to six people. Download any songs you want directly to your device. Apple Music also allows you to stream your iTunes library. The only thing you can download is Apple Music Radio, which are live radio stations.
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Pandora Premium is the higher end plan for the popular Pandora streaming service. If you’re looking for offline music apps, you’ll have to pay $9.99 to access the offline listening feature. However, it’s also the only plan from Pandora that allows you to create your own custom playlists versus just using the service’s curated playlists. New users get 60 days free.
You may not have heard of Deezer, but it’s a service that’s growing in popularity. It may be new, but the library is just as impressive as other streaming music services. For unlimited music and offline listening, you’ll need the $9.99 per month Premium+ plan. For families, the $14.99 per month plan offers all the premium features for up to six users. One fun feature is on-demand lyrics to all your favorite songs.
Believe it or not, Napster is still around, but it’s a little different than the P2P downloading service it once was. With fun social features, it’s part streaming service and part social music network. Of course, it supports offline listening. While the library is smaller than other offline music apps, you still have over 30 million tracks to choose from. As with other services, it’s just $9.99 per month.
Go ahead, save your data, and download your songs. Listen anywhere without worrying about your signal.
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Contribution by Crystal Crowder
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