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The Best Free Music Downloader Apps for iPhone [June 2019]

It’s well-known that Android and iOS are very different operating systems. The open-source Android has always had a bunch of apps available outside of the Play Store, with new ones being released every day. The iPhone’s operating system, on the other hand, doesn’t afford that much freedom.

Music downloaders are where this becomes really obvious. While the Play Store has apps where even illegal music download is possible, most if not all free music downloaders on Apple’s App Store had been taken down.

This is good for big companies, but bad for the end user, as almost all of the best iPhone apps that can fetch music from the internet come with subscription fees. Luckily, they usually have a free trial period or a free version, and are completely safe and legal. Without further ado, let’s take a look at these.

Google Play Music

If you recently left Android for iOS, you might be relieved to hear that you can use Google Play Music on your iPhone! It has certain features available in the free version, as well as those that require you to subscribe.

Google Play Music

The free features are somewhat basic as they only let you stream music and give you music recommendations. If you’re in the US or Canada, you also get a free radio with lots of playlists. If you subscribe, besides offline listening, you get an ad-free experience within both this app and YouTube Music Premium.


The top-rated app at the time of this writing, Spotify lets you stream millions of songs on shuffle mode for free. It’s available on other Apple devices as well.

Should you decide to subscribe, you will be able to listen to your music offline, completely ad-free. The music quality becomes better and you get to play music on any of your devices.


Tida was created as a streaming service with high-quality, lossless music formats in mind. This is why the monthly subscription plans are rather expensive, but discounts are available for veterans of US armed forces. Besides high-quality music, there are other reasons to subscribe.


Most importantly, you get to save songs offline and remove them with a single tap to save storage space. Tidal has lots of playlists made by famous artists, as the company works closely with them. Additionally, thanks to this, you can get access to exclusive content before most people do.


Pandora is another well-rated music streaming app. Available only to US residents, its main specialty is personalized music. The system finds songs similar to the one you’re listening to and uses your feedback to adjust further suggestions. This is why Pandora is called an internet radio service.

It does have a free version, but its capabilities are few and there are ads. It has two main subscription plans. The cheaper plan offers an ad-free experience, unlimited replays, and higher quality audio, while the more expensive one lets you download music.


Of all the apps, SoundCloud might have the biggest number of free features. You don’t even have to pay to get song suggestions and look at the app’s top list charts. You also get the chance to create your own playlists and connect with other users.


There is even a 30-day trial period during which Go+, the top subscription plan, is free to use. SoundCloud Go removes all ads and enables offline listening. Go+ further expands the catalog, ditching song previews and making all the music there fully accessible.

Amazon Music

Do you have an Amazon Prime membership? If so, Amazon’s music streaming app might be the one for you, as you can get it for free! What makes it unique is access to Prime and other services. It lets you use it hands-free, as Alexa is there, too. There are no ads in the base version, which also allows you to download music. Finally, there is no skip limit.

Before you pay for a Prime membership, there’s a 30-day trial for Amazon Music Unlimited. This is the app’s most advanced version which lets you stream new releases and comes with more available songs.

Making Compromises

Since Apple doesn’t allow music downloads, the only way of downloading music remains using streaming services. The upside here is that this is all completely legal, but again, you can’t download any music of your choice for free on an iPhone, which is disappointing.

SoundCloud offers the most features for free among these. If you do decide to subscribe to a streaming service, look at the unique strengths of each and determine which suits you the best.

Did this article help you understand the iPhone “free” music situation? Are you using any of these services? Share your experience with us below!