Music affects our brain, and we get addicted to it the same way we get addicted to drugs, video games, and delicious food. The music streaming business has grown rapidly over time with companies like Amazon, Google and Apple entering into this business. However, Spotify leads this business serving more than 170 million users with more than 80 million paid subscribers. As far as the ‘top 10 music apps’ list is concerned, Spotify is the King. It has lots of features to offer and has already built up a loyal community. Easy discovery of new songs makes Spotify stand out from the crowd. However, since we’re talking about the ‘music apps that don’t need wifi i.e. music apps that work without the internet, we’ll have to consider a lot more things here. These things include download quality, music player interface, features and more.
In earlier days, music was listened mostly offline as the internet wasn’t very good at that time. Unlike today, it was not so common listening to a song online without buffering. You either had to preload the song or had to compromise with the quality of the song. Hence, music was mostly kept on drives or in local libraries. Although, you might not face an issue with the internet speed these days, however, connectivity is still an issue. The Internet is not available everywhere, especially while traveling, getting a good network is still a probability. And, many people, like myself, enjoy listening to music while traveling.
So, what do we do in those situations? Downloading music is no more a trend nowadays. For two reasons, downloading songs from the internet is illegal (in most cases) and purchasing an album is much costlier than renting it. There are limited all-time favorite songs, most of the songs we listen to are latest/trending ones. And, when they get old, we don’t listen to them again. So, buying music does not make sense anymore. There are a lot of options nowadays where one can simply rent music. Spotify, for example, allows you to download music and listen to it offline. However, you can not play this downloaded track on any music player but Spotify. This is because you do not purchase the song (by downloading it) even if you have a premium subscription, Spotify is renting it out to you for some time. And, when you stop your subscription, the song is no more available for offline listening. This has proven to be the best way to listen to your favorite music legally without spending too much money. And, the best part is that it works offline too!
Hence, we have listed the top 5 music apps (android and ios) that you can use to download music and then play them anytime without wifi:
2. Apple Music
If you are already into the Apple ecosystem, Apple Music is the best option for you. Unlike most of the apple products, apple music isn’t overpriced. It is available by default on iOS and can also be downloaded on Android. Apple Music offers a 3-month trial and costs $9.99 after the trial period ends. For students, it has a special pricing of $4.99. If you own an Apple product, apple music might be pre-installed on your device. The apple music and Spotify are neck and neck in this music streaming business. Apple music has a toggle button in the settings where you can switch to online and offline mode. In the offline mode, it will show you the downloaded music.
If you are an audiophile or has a liking towards rap music, tidal is the best option for you. Tidal offers the highest quality audio. Tidal offers lossless audio experience (no compression). If you want to stream High Fidelity Music, tidal is the only service that offers it. However, you also need good quality headphones to notice the difference in quality. And, if you own one, you’ll love this app. The tidal app is available for download on both Android and iOS. The paid plan offers offline listening. The premium subscription of Tidal costs $9.99 per month. For students, it is $4.99 per month. However, premium subscription only gives you access to standard sound quality. For lossless high fidelity sound quality, you need to buy HiFi subscription, which costs $19.99 per month. For students, it is $9.99 per month.
4. Google Play Music
5. YouTube Music
YouTube Music is another attempt of Google to compete in this highly competitive business. YouTube Music is available for download on Android as well as on iOS. Just like every music streaming app, you need to purchase the premium subscription to enjoy offline listening. However, YouTube Music comes with a unique feature which automatically downloads a certain number of songs every day based on the music you listen to. It downloads them daily when you’re connected to a wifi. Hence, you can not only enjoy your favorite music offline but you can also discover new songs offline. You can adjust these settings in the app itself. The YouTube Music Premium costs $9.99 per month. And for extra $2, you’ll also get the YouTube Premium. There’s no student discount here though. However, it has a 3-Month trial available.
Some More Apps to Consider:
- Amazon Prime Music
You can clearly see the tough competition going on between the big companies. Everyone wants to be at the top. The music streaming business is not only profitable, but your music taste also reveals a lot about you. And, we all know that Google and Amazon can not leave any business untapped which can help them know about you. Hence, every big company wants you to use their app.
So, these were our recommendations about the top music apps that don’t need wifi. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.