Music streaming is certainly very cool, as it lets you access and discover new music you like on the go. However, it’s not always the best option for your music needs. That’s because you cannot always be sure about your internet connection. While modern day telecom operators want us to believe that their networks are everywhere but we know better, don’t we? So, if you are on a road trip or travelling to a rural area, you might want to consider taking your music collection offline. Also, streaming music on your mobile data plan might eat up all the bandwidth before you even know it.

The good news is, most of the popular music streaming apps today let you take your music offline. We are talking about apps that are legal, so you have nothing to worry about. So, if you have been looking for the best music apps that work without an internet connection, here are the best ones:

1. Spotify

Spotify is the bigwig among the music streaming apps and it’s good to know that it lets users take their music offline. Spotify lets you add up to 3,333 songs to your offline list on three different devices. However, the feature is only available with the Spotify Premium subscription but the good news is, the feature is available on all the Spotify apps across different platforms.

Spotify Offline

If you are a Premium user, you should find an “Available Offline” toggle at the top of a playlist, you can simply turn it on and the songs will be available to you offline. To start listening to your favorite music offline, go to app’s settings and turn on the Offline mode. The app automatically goes into offline mode, if your device loses the internet connection.

Install: Android, iOS, Windows, OS X (Free with Premium subscription at $9.99/month)

2. Groove Music

If you are serious about taking all your music offline, you can consider Microsoft’s Groove Music app. Groove Music lets you download all your purchased music, plus it also lets you download tracks you might have purchased on other devices.

Groove Music

In the app’s settings, you can simply turn on “Automatically download songs”, which will make sure that all the songs you add from Groove Music is available offline. The feature is only available when you have a Groove Music Pass subscription.

Install: Android, iOS, Windows (Free trial with premium subscription at $9.99/month)

3. Google Play Music

The Google Play Music app also brings some handy features to let you play your favorite music even when you don’t have a great internet connection. Play Music lets you download music from the apps, web player along with a cool “Music Manager to let you download purchased music with ease.

Google Play Music

To download a purchased song or playlist from the Google Play Music app, you just need to tap the download icon inside a playlist or album. If you are a Google Play All Access subscriber, you can simply tap the three-dot button alongside a song, playlist or album and select “Download”.

Install: Android, iOS, (Free trial with premium subscription at $9.99/month)

4. Apple Music

The budding music streaming app from the Cupertino giant is already a very mature service and it includes the option to download your music. If you are an Apple Music member, you can add songs to the offline collection with ease.

Apple Music

In the Apple Music app, there’s a three dot button alongside every song, album or playlist. You can just tap that button and you will see a download icon on the right of the artwork. If you don’t see a download button, you should see a plus icon, which will add the item to “My Music”. While the feature works well, you will have to download tracks and playlists individually, which might be hassle if you have a large collection.

Install: Android, iOS, OS X (Free trial with premium subscription at $9.99/month)

5. Slacker Radio

If you love listening to radio, Slacker offers the option to download your favorite radio stations and more for offline usage. Slacker Plus and Premium subscribers can simply select the songs, stations or playlists they want on their device, hit the refresh button when connected to WiFi and the content should be available offline. So, if you have been looking for a radio service or a Pandora alternative for offline usage, Slacker should be your choice.

Slacker Radio

Install: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows (Free with premium subscriptions starting at $3.99/month)

6. Gaana

Gaana is a music streaming app aimed at Indian users and it’s offline capabilities are pretty alluring. If you have a Gaana Plus subscription, you can easily download unlimited number of songs in high quality. Moreover, you can sync your downloaded songs across 5 different devices.

Gaana offline

Downloading songs are pretty easy, as the Gaana app has a download button alongside every song. So, if you use different devices all the time, your music collection will always accompany you.

Install: Android, iOS (Free with Plus subscription at $3.99/month)

SEE ALSO: 14 Legal and Free Music Download Websites

Ready to take your music collection offline?

Not many people seem to know that music apps do offer the ability to download and move songs offline, so if you have been one of them, don’t worry, now you know! So, what are you waiting for? Install one of these cool music apps and download your favorite songs to use offline without any worries. Let us know your experience in the comments section below.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Can you make the video on the best “free” music app from where I can download as well as listen to the music forever. Since there is not a single app which I know does allow you to download after some point of time. There is always expiry date of premium version and etc etc. Please help me out.

  2. wow!!! great apps. thanks for sharing. but you missed most popular application Pandora one application pandora is available on IOS and Android both store Thanks.

  3. Also cancelling Slacker – no notice of change. Just unable to refresh offline, so after investigation found that they had changed their policy. Not impressed.

  4. Slacker Radio is NOT your choice if wanting to listen to offline music, since this feature is now only available on their Premium Tier, effective as of a few days ago. I also GOT NO NOTICE of this change,even though I was a Slacker Plus tier subscriber. It was a horrid experience finding out through an error message within the app, telling me I have to pay more. No notification. No heads up. Quietly… I would not recommend subscribing for this app. Not anymore..

    • @Tsveta, same after 10 years as a plus subscriber, and suggesting Slacker to EVERYONE (whether they asked or not) I have cancelled my subscription, deleted the app altogether, and I am in search of a worthwhile replacement, sadly none of the apps on this list come close to what Slacker used to offer, and I’m very upset with this change.

      • @Ray, I found Trebel (nothing like slacker, but allows for free album downloads for offline listening). Yes, free. Still trying it out, not sure if it’s going to help you, but it’s an option! I also used to recommend slacker. The way they ‘kicked us out’ was idiotic. I am with you- requested to cancel my subscription with them. Only- haven’t heard back, that they honored my email request to cancel!?!?

      • Ray! I found Slacker Plus’ replacement and I am excited to share! Pandora NOW offers “Plus” tier for $4.99/mo (after 30 day free trial) !! While it only allows UP TO 4 offline stations, if offers unlimited song repeats and skips, and higher quality sound + no ads 😉 it just won my business! See- never give up! Enjoy!

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