Where do you get new music? Buy on iTunes or Amazon? Although their media libraries are huge, they lack some rare recordings, amateur and professional remixes, and local songs. Meanwhile, YouTube and SoundCloud provide almost all possible tracks in a variety of versions. And what’s great, you can get all these tracks absolutely free and without special tech knowledge.
Let’s find out how to download new music onto PC, iPhone and Mac.
Download music to PC
There are thousands of YouTube converters and downloaders all over the Web. It’s up to you to choose what to use: plugins, online services or software. Just keep in mind that song quality provided by online services is not always great, while plugins mostly download audio with video. So, the best way is to get good freeware, for example, Freemake YouTube to MP3 Boom. This software is easy to use and it can download not only tracks, but also YouTube albums and collections.
When you download and run YouTube to MP3 Boom on your PC, type a name of an artist, album or genre in the search line. The software will provide you with high quality results in a second. Press the Play button to preview the track or an arrow to download a track right away. You’ll also find a “Download All” button in the top right corner. If you press it, all the search results will be downloaded onto your PC in MP3. By default all new music is saved to “my Music” folder. In case you want to change the destination, click the rose square at the bottom of the software and change the folder in options.
Download music to iPhone
Of course, you can always download music onto PC 1st and then add it to iPhone with the help of iTunes. But takes too much time, and there is an easier way to get favorite songs on your phone. What you need is Free SoundCloud Download. It’s a simple free app that lets download music from SoundCloud right onto your iPhone. Install the app on your iPhone and launch it. Type song title, artist name, or genre into the search line. When you get the results you can use two options – either download the song immediately or preview it before downloading. To check your songs, tap the Downloads tab. Unfortunately, there is no function to create playlist, so if you don’t want to listen to a particular song, you’ll have to skip it manually. You can do it either with your default iPhone earpods or by going to Player tab. Here can also enable shuffle or loop options and see an album cover.
The Option tab of Free SoundCloud Download offers you to rate the app and, what’s really great, turn on Cellular Data usage. It’ll be very useful if you are afraid to spend all mobile traffic. With this option enabled, you can preview audio tracks only when Wi-Fi is turned on.
Download music to Mac
If you are a Mac owner, you can download music with SeaSky MP3 Converter. This is an easy-to-use and powerful app to help you convert offline and online video files to MP3. You just need to copy a YouTube video URL or add your desktop video to the program, click “Convert”, and wait for a couple of minutes while your music is being downloaded. The software supports the following video formats: AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MKV, RMVB, RM, etc. You may set the needed quality, sample rate, and audio bit rate type. The only drawback is that this nice tool costs $1.99, however, compared with similar tools on the Mac App Store, this price is meaningless.
All in all, music download has become much easier with a great majority of MP3 download tools. I hope you already chose your method which suits your aims and used device.
Terry Smith is a freelance tech blogger and a passionate copywriter. He shares his expertise on popular software, mobile apps, and modern digital technology. Follow Terry on Twitter.