What are the best music download tools?

asked by Vinaya Sridhar
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  1. 25

    #1Jamendo

    Jamendo

    Jamendo is an online platform for free and legal music downloads under Creative Commons licenses. It is available in eight languages and offers a catalog of more than 500,000 tracks from 40,000 artists.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Cindy Yan
    Written on December 18, 2017
    "This is a really helpful resource for downloading music. I've never heard of this before and it looks great."
  2. 25

    #2Archive.org - Free Music Archive

    Archive.org - Free Music Archive
    Free Music Archive collection on archive.org. This collection serves as an archive for the Free Music Archive's curated 'library of high-quality, legal audio downloads'.
    Websites

    Free

    Kevin Barnes
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "This is for music that is open and free to everyone so some will be disappointed if they are only familiar with mainstream music. If one is looking to discover new and interesting music, this can be a good resources. Unfortunately there is a lot in here that is not high quality. Good option is you know what you are looking for. "
  3. 21

    #3Last.fm

    Last.fm

    Last.fm is a music website, formerly a radio streaming service, based in the United Kingdom. It tracks all the music its users listen to from their music services from Spotify, Deezer, Google Play and more. 

    Websites

    Free

    Edward Robertson
    Written on December 23, 2017
    "Last.fm is okay, but there are plenty of other download tools that work better. I suggest giving it a try first though. "
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    #4Open Music Archive

    Open Music Archive

    Open Music Archive is a collaborative project to digitize and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings since 2005. The music found on this site is free from copyright and specifically catered to the copyright laws of the UK.

    Websites

    Free

    Lawrence Alvarez
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Music found in this site, is fantastic, with a high quality, and is the best site you can use to download music. "
  2. 18

    #5Gaana Music

    Gaana Music

    Gaana Music is a streaming service app available for Android and iOS devices. It also has a platform for web browsers and can be accessed in different languages like English, Hindi, Punjabi, and more.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Sarah Palmer
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is an awesome music download app if you're looking for something free. There's a pretty good selection of Indian music. The only downside is that it drains my battery very quickly."
  3. 15

    #6Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Dorothy Austin
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "Everything is amazing, but nothing is more annoying than barely swiping left or right and removing songs from large playlist, and you can't remember what song you removed. If the undo button laster longer than one second it would be much better."
  4. 13

    #7Free Music Archive

    Free Music Archive

    The Free Music Archive is a website that provides a big library of legal and high-quality music downloads to users around the world. It is directed and managed by the WFMU, one of the most popular freeform radio stations in America. 

    Websites

    Free

    Roger Richardson
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "I don't have a lot of extra money for music so I get most of it on Free Music Archive. I don't like the idea of media theft. There are many different ways to listen to your music and still be legal. This is one of the best."
  5. 13

    #8MyFreeMp3

    MyFreeMp3

    MyFreeMp3 is a website where users can listen to free music online but there is also an option to download a particular song or a music collection of an artist without any registration. It is the best music website for Android phones. 

    Websites

    Free

    Tony Qiu
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "Now this is a decent tool to download music. My favorite part about it is that it's totally free!"
  6. 10

    #9Free Mp3 Downloads

    Free Mp3 Downloads
    Free Mp3 Downloads is an app that lets you search, download and listen to music licensed as free to use. The songs are downloaded to your SD card and can be played from your music player library.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Amalia Ríos
    Written on December 19, 2017
    "This is a good app in theory, but in practice, it's fairly hit or miss. It does what it says it will do a lot of the time, but it definitely produces a lot of bad files and takes a good deal of trial and error. But that's true of a lot of the music download apps, so even though this isn't great, it's not that bad either."
  7. 8

    #10ListenToYouTube

    ListenToYouTube

    ListenToYouTube is YouTube to MP3 converter that allows you to download the audio of any video you want. The audio is extracted directly from the FLV video file, so the quality you are able to listen in the video it's not affected during the downloading process.  

    Websites

    Janet Hudson
    Written on December 28, 2017
    "I needed a new music download tool and found out about ListenToYouTube. This lets you convert YouTube music to MP3 files. You can download the audio of any type of YouTube video. It's really very convenient and easy to use. I love this tool and have used it all the time in the past month. Definitely check it out if you need a music ripping tool for YouTube."
  8. 7

    #11aTube Catcher

    aTube Catcher
    aTube Catcher is a powerful tool that not only lets you download videos from YouTube, Myspace, Dailymotion, Metacafe but convert the downloaded video to play on all regular portable devices.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Ralph Kelly
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "This is a pathetic, unnecessary program. My son installed it on the family computer. I took him out back and beat him with my belt until he butt was a flayed mess of blood drenched skin. Just because he's 11 is no excuse. I'm kidding, but I was pretty heated. This is one of those programs that stupid people (and kids) seem to like to use. I saw no merit in this 20mb download, that just puts some shiny buttons in a GUI. Everyone with a clue uses youtube-dl, a small, free python program. "
  9. 5

    #12JDownloader

    JDownloader
    JDownloader is a free Download Manager written in Java. You can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwidth limitations, auto-extract archives and much more.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Maria Pierce
    Written on December 27, 2017
    "Kinda incredibly sketchy looking, but that's most downloaders I guess. It's okay with downloading things but not that much better than just using whatever browser you have."
  10. 2

    #13Easy Youtube Video Downloader

    Easy Youtube Video Downloader
    Easy Youtube Video Downloader is an extension available for Firefox and Chrome that allows you to download videos from YouTube in FLV, 3GP, MP3, and MP4 at 720p or 1080p qualities on YouTube pages.
    Software

    Firefox, Chrome

    Free

    Alice Morgan
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "I like watching Youtube videos but I sometimes want to download them to watch them later. Easy Youtube Video Downloader allows me to download videos through a browser extension. It works and I never had any issues with it."
  11. 1

    #14MP3Boo

    MP3Boo
    MP3Boo is a website that indexes and provides you with all the downloadable links for your favorite songs. Just search for Artist or Song title and you will be able to play or download your tracks. 
    Online Tools

    Free

    Philip Hicks
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Any time I need a new song or to look for a unique artist that I'd like to listen to, I'm always using MP3Boo and it is one of the better music download tools out there. I never have had trouble with it outside of not being able to find exactly what I needed at all times, but other than that it works almost flawlessly."
  12. 1

    #15ZippyAudio

    ZippyAudio

    ZippyAudio is an online tool that allows you to find, download and listen online to any type of music. Through its superior indexing system, users can discover and browse new music, and even add tracks to their playlist.

    Websites

    Free

    Benjamin Lebron
    Written on October 11, 2018
    "Whenever people try to find any type of music ZippyAudio is there, and it's there to stay. Not relying on holding the music files itself, ZippyAudio has a superior indexing system of ensuring that you can listen and download any music you want, at your leisure."
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    #16Free YouTube to MP3 Converter

    Free YouTube to MP3 Converter
    Get a desktop application for real hi-fi enthusiasts. Convert YouTube to MP3 with extreme and insane quality presets.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Gary Edwards
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Allows you to just paste the link of whatever video you like on YouTube and grab the music in seconds. The files retain the name of the source video and are easy to organize; of course you can change the name if you like. The free version is throttled and without the paid upgrade is not worth having."
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    #17Allavsoft

    Allavsoft

    Allavsoft is a powerful software for downloading and converting free videos in different kind of formats from various websites like Dailymotion, eHow. Yahoo Video, etc.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Harney David
    Written on February 4, 2019
    "It can download music from YouTube, Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud etc"
  15. 0

    #18Downloader for Spotify

    Downloader for Spotify

    Downloader for Spotify is a tool by Premium Content to find and download Spotify songs with matching name from any Spotify playlist using VK Social Network. You only need to have a login on VK.COM.

    *CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE*

    Online Tools
    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on February 1, 2018
    "I wanted to download some songs from Spotify so I tried this extension. It wasn't what I expected; it can only download files from the social network VK, and the selection isn't great. If you really want offline music, you're better off ponying up for premium Spotify."
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    #19iMusic

    iMusic

    iMusic is a computer application serving the purpose of being a music manager, as well as music downloader. Music downloaded in this software is transferrable from Android to iOS and vice versa.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $59.95

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Summary

Best What are the best music download tools
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1JamendoWebsites 25 Free
2Archive.org - Free Music ArchiveWebsites 25 Free
3Last.fmWebsites 21 Free
4Open Music ArchiveWebsites 19 Free
5Gaana MusicApps 18 Free
6Google Play MusicApps 15 Free
7Free Music ArchiveWebsites 13 Free
8MyFreeMp3Websites 13 Free
9Free Mp3 DownloadsApps 10 Free
10ListenToYouTubeWebsites 8 Paid
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