Apple Music for Android now supports saving songs to SD cards

By , Feb 3, 2016

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Apple released an update for the Apple Music app on the Android platform via the Google Play Store on Wednesday with a much-needed new feature: the ability to save songs from the app to your Android device’s removable SD card storage.

The update Android users have been waiting for?

Apple is giving Android users a feature that they’ve long wanted in Wednesday’s Apple Music app update for Android: the ability to save music from the Apple Music app locally on an SD or microSD card for offline playing.

What’s New

This update adds downloading songs to an SD card, so you can now keep more music offline. You can also:

• See the full schedule of Beats 1 shows, making it easy to tune into your favorite ones.
• Browse My Music by Composers, and Compilations, which help you find music your classical albums or movie soundtracks

This is potentially a huge gain for the Android side of things since iOS users are capped off at 128GB of internal storage, and that’s before before the operating system and all installed system apps leave their mark. Because Android phones have removable storage, this means users could potentially use up to 512GB in microSD card storage, and could even use multiple microSD cards to continue to dwarf iOS’ 128GB option.

That means a lot of music; more than I would ever use, anyway. And to top it all off, microSD card technology is evolving rapidly, and storage space is multiplying.

Moreover, the update makes it easier for Android users to use the Beats 1 radio station by making it possible to see a full schedule of shows and improving the experience of trying to find your favorite ones to follow, and it even makes it possible to perform searches for composers or compilations, which will make finding certain kinds of music a lot easier on specific users.

Apple Music is still very much in beta on the Android platform, but it works entirely the same as the iOS counterpart, allowing users to stream music off of Apple’s online catalogs for a monthly price of $9.99. Android users also get the same 3-month free trial option that Apple users have, which is a plus for anyone wanting to try it out before they buy.

Apple Music for Android is a free download from the Google Play Store.

If you have an Android device, will you be grabbing today’s Apple Music update? Share in the comments.

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  • iNeedANameHere

    Hopefully they’ll let iPods without internet connections, like the Nano, use offline Apple Music soon. They could do this if they set an expiration for the songs to auto delete if you don’t plug into an internet device and verify an active subscription within a certain time frame.

    • Yeah. They can do what Spotify does. Let users save them locally for offline use. Surprised that’s not a thing in Apple Music.

      • iNeedANameHere

        I’m subscribed to Apple Music. It saves me a lot of money because I spent well over $10 a month on music. You definitely can save it locally for offline use or I wouldn’t be subscribed. Right now Apple doesn’t let you use Apple Music on any iPod that doesn’t have wifi capabilities though (I’m assuming for legal reason) so I can’t use an old 16 GB iPod Nano I have with my new Apple Music songs. It would certainly save me a lot of storage and battery life on my iPhone so I’d really enjoy offline iPod support.

      • It’s nothing to do with legal reasons they just couldn’t be bothered to put the time and effort in to make it work.

    • 9to5Slavery

      this has been on my mind for months now

  • 9to5Slavery

    Now we need to find a tweak on android to convert it to album quality automatically. or is there one for ios that does it automatically?

  • 5723alex .

    But the most popular/sold Android devices, the Nexus devices, doesn’t have an SD card.

    • Benedict

      The Nexus line is not popular compared to other models at all. Especially in the last years they sold poorly.
      Apart from that every Android phone has the internal storage mounted as “SD-Card”. If you have a real SD Card slot, another partition appears.