How to download free music on iPhone in 2023

How to download free music on iPhone

Practically, it looks like nothing comes for free on the iPhone. And this includes good music, too. Indeed, Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube Music, and more feature good music. But the subscription fees can be high. Plus, streaming music can consume a lot of data. The good news is you can ditch them and still download free music to your iPhone.

Besides being free, this lets you listen to music offline anytime. Keep reading as I show you the best ways to get free music on your iPhone.

Best ways to download free music on iPhone

One of the best ways to download music for free on the iPhone is through third-party apps. So, these don’t bill you like music streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music that offer only premium services and prevent you from downloading songs.

1. Audiomack

Audiomack is a repository of thousands to millions of songs from various music genres and artists. Besides downloading music for free, you can upload as well. Audiomack works like YouTube in that you can follow your favorite artists and download their songs for free as they drop.

Further, some songs are available for download on a subscription basis only. This depends on the artist, though. So the app offers in-app purchases, after all. This is a shortcoming as you might not enjoy the free download offer if the target music isn’t available in the free tier.

Nonetheless, there are more songs on the app than meets the eye and are available for free download.

Any song you download on Audiomack goes to its offline directory. So, this is a way to keep users coming back to the app. Hence, you can listen to songs at will, even without an internet connection, once you download them. And this doesn’t cost a dime.

Although there’s a web app for Audiomack, you’ll need to install the mobile app to download music for free.

To start, install Audiomack (download link after the steps) and follow the below steps:

  1. Open Audiomack on your iPhone.
  2. Use the search icon at the bottom right to search for a song.
  3. Select the song once you find it.
  4. Tap Download.
    A checkmark will replace the download icon once the download completes.
    Note: Audiomack will notify you if you can only download the song with a subscription.
  5. To see songs you’ve downloaded:
    • Swipe the player menu down to minimize it.
    • Tap My Library at the bottom right.
    • You’ll see some options at the top menu bar, swipe them to the right and tap Offline.
    • You should now see all the songs you’ve downloaded.

      Audiomack app to download free music on iPhone


2. eSound Music

On eSound, you can choose your best music type or artist and start downloading songs for free. It has a simple interface, and downloading songs is only a few clicks away. Indeed, it’s one of the best apps for downloading free music as you like.

One notable feature of eSound is its sleep timer. Similar to Spotify’s Sleep Timer, it lets you schedule a play timer for songs, so the app automatically stops them at a set time.

Downloading a song for free on eSound is easy. Like Audiomack, downloaded songs go to the offline playlist in this one, too.

After installing eSound from the below link, follow the steps to get any song for free:

  1. Open the eSound app.
  2. After registering, tap an artist’s name.
    Alternatively: Use the search icon at the bottom right to search for a song.
  3. Once you find the song, select it to go to the music player menu.
  4. Tap the two horizontal dots to the right of the song name.
  5. Next, tap Download Offline.

    Tap Download Offline in eSound music app for iOS
  6. To see your downloads:
    • Select Cancel at the bottom.
    • Tap the back arrow at the top left.
    • Tap Library at the bottom.
    • Now, go to Saved songs.


3. Cloud Music player

Cloud Music Player lets you sync songs from your computer and cloud services to your iPhone without stress. It’s a cloud service itself, though, as it holds the songs you sync and lets you access them offline on your iPhone.

Although it’s not a music downloader itself. You can download songs to your computer or the cloud from websites like the Music Archive and sync them with your iPhone via the app. It does this by providing cloud and Wi-Fi upload options.

Cloud Music local URL web page interface

The Wi-Fi syncing gives you an IP you can visit via the browser on your computer. Here, you can upload songs downloaded to your PC, and the app syncs them automatically to the mobile app. Hence, you can play songs offline directly from the app on your iPhone.

However, you’ll need to add a cloud service that holds your music to use the cloud options. The app supports three cloud services, including Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox. Say you’ve downloaded songs to Google Drive previously, you can add Google Drive as a cloud source in the app. Then you’ll select your songs to sync them with Cloud Music Player.

However, use the link below to install Cloud Music Player on your iPhone to get started.

To sync songs from your computer with Cloud Music Player:

  1. Launch the Cloud Music Player app on your computer.
  2. Tap Sources at the bottom left → select Wi-Fi transfer.
  3. On your computer, go to the local URL provided via your browser.
  4. Click Upload Files.
  5. Now, select a song from your PC.
    Warning: Don’t close the opened menu on the mobile app during the upload.
  6. Once uploaded, tap Cancel at the top left in the mobile app to close the URL menu.
  7. Tap Songs at the bottom to view and play synced songs.

    To sync songs from your computer with Cloud Music Player on iPhone

To use the cloud options:

  1. Tap the cloud+ icon at the top left to select a cloud platform.
  2. Next, select the cloud service you like.
  3. Go to the folder where your songs are.
  4. Once you see them, tap the download icon.


Use the Safari browser to download free music on iPhone

Another option is downloading music directly using Safari or any other browser. The best browser alternative I’ve found is the Free Music Archive.

Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive browser to download free music on iPhone

Founded in 2009 and acquired by Tribe of Noise in 2019, the Free Music Archive has accepted millions of songs from various artists. It’s a browser-based free music store where you can download music based on artists and genre.

You can search for a specific song or artist and even select the music category you want to download songs from various genres randomly. Downloading songs is straightforward. Moreover, you can access the Free Music Archive website on any device.

And, of course, the download songs go to your iPhone’s local storage. The website consists of two download sections. There’s a Royalty-free music page and a Free Music Archive (FMA).

While you may download songs freely from the Royalty-free section, be careful not to use them outside your iPhone without purchasing a license from the website. Nonetheless, the songs in the FMA section are free to use and manipulate to an extent. It even has a pick for musicians and filmmakers.

To download free songs from the FMA directory:

Click Browser FMA → use the search bar at the top right to search for a song → tap the download icon to the song’s right to download it. If prompted, click I understand and agree to download free music.

Note: You can also filter the songs by their music genre.

To get free songs from the Royalty-free music directory:

Tap Royalty-free music → use the search bar to search for a song → download and tap it. Then click the download icon on the left.

Note: You can also filter songs by music genre. Simply tap the + icon to the right of Genre.

Visit Free Music Archive

Wrapping up

Every melodious song soothes the soul. Undoubtedly, music can be hard to get for free on the iPhone. But if you try any of the methods in this article, you’d realize before long that listening to good music on your iPhone isn’t expensive after all.

So that’s how you can download music for free on your iPhone! Let me know in the comments section if you find any of these free music download options valuable.

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Idowu is an avid tech writer and a software surfer who loves covering knowledge gaps in consumer software, including anything related to iPhones. Well, when he's not reading and learning new things, you'll find Idowu losing gallantly on a solid chessboard or virtually on Lichess.

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