Streaming Music Services That Allow You to Download Songs

The best streaming music services offer offline listening modes

Listening to music via a streaming service is a great way to access millions of songs on demand. It gives you the flexibility to listen on the move and on multiple computers and mobile devices. The only downside to enjoying music in this way is that you need to be connected to some sort of network for your music to stream—the internet or a 3G network. If you lose your connection or are somewhere without a signal, your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or ​another portable device won't be much good as an MP3 player unless you have stored music on it ahead of time.

In response to this weakness, a growing number of streaming music services offer an offline mode. This feature works by allowing you to download songs, albums or playlists to your devices. If you have a limit on the maximum amount of data you can use with your particular broadband subscription, then this technique comes in handy. You can use this offline mode to make sure you don't exceed your monthly data allowance.

If you like the flexibility of streaming music but find the constraints of having to be connected to the internet all the time frustrating, then choose a service that offers an offline mode.

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Apple Music offers listeners access to its catalog of more than 40 million songs. You can play anything in its library or anything in your personal iTunes library online or offline ad-free. To avoid using cellular data, just download songs from Apple Music while you have a Wi-Fi connection directly to your iPhone or another portable device. You can create and download playlists or try one of the curated playlists Apple Music offers.

There isn't a free subscription to Apple Music, but you can try it free for three months. More »

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Slacker Radio is a streaming music service that provides a multitude of internet radio stations. You can also use the service to create your own personalized compilations. The basic free membership doesn't include a downloadable music option. To listen offline, you need to subscribe to either the Plus or Premium package.

The company supports several mobile platforms so you can listen to music on the move on your smartphone or tablet. Mobile Slacker Radio apps include apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other devices.

A feature called Mobile Station Caching, which is available for both the Plus and Premium subscription packages, stores the contents of particular stations on your mobile devices so you can listen to them without a network connection. If you want more flexibility than this, the Premium package allows you to cache individual songs and playlists for offline listening rather than just the contents of stations. More »

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The music section of Google Play's collection of media services formally known as Google Play Music offers an offline mode. It can be used to sync music that is already in your Google music locker to your smartphone so you don't have to be connected to the service all the time to stream your library. You can add up to 50,000 files from your computer to be stored in Google's cloud and you have access to 40 million songs from Google's library on-demand and ad-free. Download any song, album or playlist to your devices to listen to when you aren't connected to the internet.  

Google Play Music is a service to keep in mind when looking for an online and offline listening combo. It is free for the first 30 days and charges a monthly fee after that. More »

Any Amazon Prime member has access to 2 million ad-free songs for streaming or offline playback. If you want more music, you can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited and unlock tens of millions more songs. Any song, album or playlist can be downloaded so you can listen to it on your mobile device offline.

Try the 30-day free trial before signing up for either an Individual or Family plan. Amazon Prime membership isn't required, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you receive a 20 percent discount off the Individual or Family plan monthly fee.

Pandora has added Plus and Premium packages to its popular service. With Pandora Plus, Pandora automatically downloads your favorite stations to your mobile device and switches to one of them if you lose your internet connection. With Pandora Premium, you have the same feature and the added capability to download any album, song or playlist in Pandora's vast library to play when you are offline.

Try Pandora Plus free for 30 days and Pandora Premium free for 60 days. More »

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Spotify
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Spotify is one of the most popular streaming music services on the internet. As well as streaming to your computer or mobile device, this service supports other possibilities to enjoy music such as streaming to home stereo systems.

Along with Spotify's wealth of service features and large music library, it supports an offline mode. In order to use this feature, you must subscribe to Spotify Premium. This gives you music caching on your desktop or mobile device so you can listen to tracks without having to be connected to the internet.

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Deezer
Deezer

Deezer may be relatively new on the block compared to the more established services, but it has an impressive streaming music service that offers offline listening. To take advantage of this feature, you must subscribe to the Deezer Premium+ ​ service. You can download as much music as you want from Deezer's 43 million tracks to your mobile device for offline listening, as well as to your desktop computer.

Deezer offers a 30-day free trial of its service. More »

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