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How do I download music on Android?

How do I download music on Android?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 15:06

Wow... how do you do it???
Sorry, this is one of the most asked question, and I always say the same: WHAT. Do. You. Mean? :p

Many people ask How do I download music on Android?, and they really mean "how do I transfer music from my PC to my Android phone".
If that IS what you mean, it depends on your Android phone model, your phone's Android OS version, and, in terms of convenience it depends on whether your phone has SD card support or not etc... Also: all smartphone makers offer some kind of PC suite. An 'app' to run on your PC or Mac, and you connect your phone via USB cable or via WiFi, and you can then sync content between your phone and your computer.
Android also supports MTP Media Transfer Protocol. That means you can connect the phone to a Windows PC (NOT a Mac - Mac OS does NOT support MTP) via the USB cable. You can then open the phone's folders on the PC and drag and drop files from your PC to the appropriate folder on the phone.

If what you meant was to download music on the phone from some online service
then your options are almost unlimited.
Most phones have one or more such service built in. You can download music from Google Play. 7 Digital is also built into many phones. Spotify Premium is another popular choice. You can stream music, and 'save' music for offline consumption.
Then there are apps that let you listen to music from Youtube; apps that find free 'legal' tracks on the webs, etc etc...

Not knowing what you specifically meant, I would suggest you search "music downloader" in the Google Play Store on your Android phone. OR: tell us what exactly you had in mind when you posted your query.
Good Luck :)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 15:09

PS: I forgot - regarding transfer from PC: IF your phone has a memory card, I would invest in a memory card reader that connects to the PC or Mac or Linux machine like a USB pen drive. They don't cost much, but they are very useful when you when you swap a lot of files, or when you use the card in more than one device, or when you use a Mac that doesn't support MTP...

TJ Skywasher  Nov. 18, 2014 at 16:27

In my experience with great difficulty. I tried to download some music from the Google Play store on my mothers Nexus 7 and what a game that was! Couldn't find where the hell it had downloaded to, naturally assumed it was the default music player app whatever it's called, but nothing was in there. After faffing around for over half an hour and trying every app I could think of I found it in the default music player app, the tracks just suddenly appeared after hiding from me for some time. As for playing the music that's another thing, they played in a random order, couldn't work out how to get them to play in the order I'd like but I'm sure given a frustrating amount of time I'd be able to work it out. Brings back memories of all the trouble I used to have with Windows machines back in the day.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 16:48

In my experience with great difficulty. I tried to download some music from the Google Play store on my mothers Nexus 7 and what a game that was! Couldn't find where the hell it had downloaded to, naturally assumed it was the default music player app whatever it's called, but nothing was in there. After faffing around for over half an hour and trying every app I could think of I found it in the default music player app, the tracks just suddenly appeared after hiding from me for some time. As for playing the music that's another thing, they played in a random order, couldn't work out how to get them to play in the order I'd like but I'm sure given a frustrating amount of time I'd be able to work it out. Brings back memories of all the trouble I used to have with Windows machines back in the day.

Oh, yes. It's all gone very weird, hasn't it?
I tried downloading 1 song from Google Play... On an M8. WTF? It's easier on all othr OSs!
First I realised it hadn't actually downloaded-downloaded. Apparently it just streamed. So, I downloaded the song. I assumed it'd be found in the M8 music app, but no. NRG etc... no 3rd party app found the song. So, I tracked it down with the file manager and copied it to the default music folder. It's still not visible. That is when I gave up.
And please, don't explain how it all works, cause I don't care anymore :p

It is very apparent that, at this point, Google wants people to use Google and nothing else. And don't get me re-started on post-Kitkat
SD card support... pah!

mrew42  Nov. 18, 2014 at 20:46

In my experience with great difficulty. I tried to download some music from the Google Play store on my mothers Nexus 7 and what a game that was! Couldn't find where the hell it had downloaded to, naturally assumed it was the default music player app whatever it's called, but nothing was in there. After faffing around for over half an hour and trying every app I could think of I found it in the default music player app, the tracks just suddenly appeared after hiding from me for some time. As for playing the music that's another thing, they played in a random order, couldn't work out how to get them to play in the order I'd like but I'm sure given a frustrating amount of time I'd be able to work it out. Brings back memories of all the trouble I used to have with Windows machines back in the day.

Oh, yes. It's all gone very weird, hasn't it?
I tried downloading 1 song from Google Play... On an M8. WTF? It's easier on all othr OSs!
First I realised it hadn't actually downloaded-downloaded. Apparently it just streamed. So, I downloaded the song. I assumed it'd be found in the M8 music app, but no. NRG etc... no 3rd party app found the song. So, I tracked it down with the file manager and copied it to the default music folder. It's still not visible. That is when I gave up.
And please, don't explain how it all works, cause I don't care anymore :p

It is very apparent that, at this point, Google wants people to use Google and nothing else. And don't get me re-started on post-Kitkat
SD card support... pah!


Mmm, not what I wanted to here re: Lollipop.
Got the preview Android L still running on my Nexus 7 (works well as my daily driver) and just contemplating sticking GPE L on my M8..... Ah well I'll back it all up anyways :)

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