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TOP 8 free download music app for Android. Photo: NBC News

We’re well into the streaming generation of media consumption with music downloads in the age of Spotify, and it’s starting to feel a bit like DVDs in the age of Netflix. With that said, there’s just something reassuring about having your music right there on your device without having to worry about the vagaries of bad Internet connections or keeping yourself entertained on long-haul flights. You probably want a music download app for your Android phone to download music to your device.

Here are our favorite music download apps for Android that won’t cost you a penny.

1. Fildo

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Photo: APK Dargan

There are two different versions of the Fildo app – one is the “Music Player” on the Play Store, but this won’t get you the MP3 downloader you’re looking for. To get the version of Fildo that lets you download free music, you need to install the APK from the official Fildo site.

Once you have that, use the in-app search to look for specific songs or albums you want to look for. You can also use the various “Top” charts from various music sites that the app integrates with if you want to explore the hits.

Once you find the album or song you want, press the “+” icon at the top-right corner, then choose the relevant option to either download the music, create a playlist or listen to it right then, Maketecheasier noted.

2. YMusic

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Photo: Youtube

One of the more elegant and official-looking music downloader apps, Ymusic lets you play any YouTube video as an audio file, even letting you run it in the background on your phone.

The real kicker here is that you can also download videos as audio files. You have the option to download them in the M4A and MP3 formats, and it has a great library UI that subsequently lets you manage your music files just like you would in a music player app.

Of all the options on this list, YMusic is hands-down the most convenient (although you do have to download it from outside the Play Store) and most reliable. For those reasons, it tops our list.

3. SoundCloud

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Photo: Wikipedia

SoundCloud is one of the more unique free music apps because it doesn’t just focus on what’s popular right now. In fact, literally, any artist can upload to SoundCloud and that content can be played back by anyone.

The service currently boasts 125 million tracks which are more than anyone will ever listen to, ever. It also has a variety of shows, podcasts, and other content to enjoy. The free version is mostly independent artists with the paid version getting you the more popular music by bigger names. Most people who use this for free music are looking for those indie artists anyway so it’s a good option, Androidauthority noted.

4. NewPipe

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Photo: Igamesnews

While NewPipe still feels like a bit of a work in progress, it certainly does the job when it comes to downloading music. It’s open source and is constantly being improved. It now features support for SoundCloud, MediaCCC and FramaTube downloads as well.

By default, the app opens as a YouTube frontend. Simply select the video you want to download, then click the download icon at the top right and choose whether you want it downloaded as video or audio and what format you want it in.

To change over to SoundCloud, tap the menu icon at the top-left corner, then the big red “NewPipe” icon at the top, and select SoundCloud (beta).

5. GTunes Music Downloader

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Photo: Thinglink

An oldie but a goodie … like Tom Waits. Gtunes searches through several big domains of downloadable music for your queries – you’ll find millions of artists and songs across generations. The search options are pretty rudimentary, so this is best used if you know exactly what songs you’re looking for and just want to get out there and download them.

Note that when we used the app of the four search engines, only “C” retrieved results, so try using that one before complaining that the whole thing doesn’t work! GTunes has its own built-in player, too, and even lets you trim your tunes and set songs as ringtones. It’s all pretty basic stuff but rounds it up to a decent little package.

6. SONGily

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Photo: Appsapk

The Play Store blurb for this is somewhat confusing, suggesting that you need to be some kind of member to enjoy this app. Just ignore that. The free version of SONGily is ad-supported and has access to a healthy stockpile of music, new and old, from artists both mainstream and obscure, from chart music to sea shanties. (It’s true, I found shanties from Assassin’s Creed IV here.) With each song you find, you’ll see options to both play and download the songs you listen to, and they recently added a feature that lets you download videos as well.

This is exactly the kind of app that I can imagine Google not liking too much, so don’t be too surprised if it disappears from the Play Store, and you find yourself having to download it manually.

7. Advanced Download Manager

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Photo: APKPure

Advanced Download Manager lets you download three files simultaneously, including MP3s and MP4s. It includes a number of different settings that let you customize how the files are downloaded, including limiting the speed of the download (so you don't use up too much of your bandwidth), and the number of simultaneous downloads. Advanced Download Manager also provides incredibly fast download speeds.

The in-app browser doesn't make searching for free tracks as simple as it could be, but once you find what you're looking for it makes light work of downloading tracks, Nextpit cited.

8. TubeMate

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Photo: Cashify

Sometimes the best apps for your free music downloads are those which aren’t even designed specifically for that purpose. TubeMate is an app that lets you download YouTube videos in a number of formats, including audio only. As you’re probably aware, YouTube is one of the best places to listen to your favorite music, and thanks to TubeMate, it’s one of the best places to download that music, too.

Google doesn’t allow TubeMate in the Play Store, presumably because it encroaches on YouTube, and when you try to download videos as audio (M4A or MP3), you’ll also get prompted to download MP3 Video Converter, which syncs with TubeMate to convert video to audio.

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