How to download music from streaming apps and save data
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Before you ask, no, we’re not talking about finding and downloading MP3s as if this was 2005. For better or worse, streaming is the main way we consume music these days. Super convenient for that dank party playlist, but if you’re a music lover on the move, all that streaming over mobile data really adds up.
Well, for those not yet aware, you can actually download your favorite music directly from your streaming service of choice (making sure to download while connected to Wi-Fi to avoid data charges, of course).
Here’s how it works on the most popular music services.
Download from Spotify
With our love of figuring out how to save on data, we’ve been talking about downloading from streaming services for years. Apps change though, so time for an update! To download music from Spotify, you’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription. At $9.99 a month though, you can’t go wrong. Once you’ve got your snazzy ad-free account, getting your music onto your phone or other device is simple.
- Open the album or playlist you want to download.
- Look for either a downward pointing arrow in a circle on the upper left or the Download slider toggle on the upper right, depending on your version of the app.
- Tap, and in short order you’ll have the music on your phone for data-free play.
Download from Apple Music
Unlike Spotify, Apple Music doesn’t have a free version, so you’re likely already subscribed. If you want to download music from Apple Music, it’s just as easy. First, add the song, album or playlist to your library.
With songs, you can do this by tapping the + button next to it. For albums or playlists, tap the +ADD button at the top. You’ll then see a cloud icon with a downward arrow become available. By clicking that, your music will be downloaded onto your phone or another device of your choosing. Magic!
Download from Amazon Music
Amazon Music somewhat mirrors Apple’s offerings—there is the Amazon Music Store where you can purchase songs and albums, and then there’s Amazon Music, which is a streaming service that comes with Amazon Prime and offers over 2 million titles. If you’ve got this or the Amazon Music Unlimited upgrade, you can also download music from Amazon Music for free. The download process will also seem quite familiar.
- First, add music to your library.
- Go to My Music, then tap the three dots next to the song, album or playlist in question.
- Tap Download.
Download from Pandora
Like Spotify, Pandora has an ad-supported free version but you’ll need to have a subscription in order to download music. To download an album or your favorite tailored Pandora station, just tap the download button to the left of the play icon. To download a song:
- Tap the bar with the song name at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the three horizontal dots that will appear next to the song name in the full screen that slides up.
- Tap Download and you’re all set.
Download from Google Play Music
Hopefully, you’re aware of this if you’re a Google Play Music user: Google is phasing out this service in favor of the shiny and new YouTube Music. The process to download music from Google Play was always a bit clunky to begin with, so we think learning how to transfer your music from Google Play to YouTube Music is much more useful. Thankfully, Google recently added a simple transfer process for Google Play customers. You can get the lowdown here.
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