Offline Music

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by matt21401, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. matt21401 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2017
    I like to buy my music on CDs (and even vinyl). I convert some of my library to mp3 files and want to listen to them on multiple devices (iPhone 7, underwater mp3 player, android phone ...). I'm looking for a straightforward player I can use on my iPhone to listen to this music. I do not want anything that tries to sync with any of my other data, or tries to connect to the web or cloud in any way (regardless of whether I am using cellular data or connected via wifi). I want the app to work exactly the same whether or not I am in airplane mode. I want to drag and drop mp3 files from my computer to my iPhone to populate my iPhone listening library. Any ideas?


  2. Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
  3. Ken Johnson Suspended

    Ken Johnson

    Dec 23, 2016
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    @Zedcars thanks for the info. Really appreciate it. Looking for something like that.
  4. pacorob, Mar 17, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2017

    pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    I thought it might be interesting to share my post from November 2016 on that in another MacRumors forum area where I wrote about mostly free or one time only offline music apps as well.

    The best thing that would suit your needs are:
    * either Apple's own music app and using iTunes to sync and store these offline.
    * I hate Apple Music app though and they to get to offline area was always really hard to find (not sure how that is nowadays though) so I prefer using a way to upload songs to Google Drive/Dropbox and then download these to my device via apps such as CloudBeats app.

    Ofcourse apps such as Spotify, Napster, Pandora, Slacker offer great options but that is all based on subscription.
    Nowadays these are around 9.99 euro/dollar a month. Unfortunately Slacker no longer offers a 3.99 a month offline version anymore but I do know that both Pandora and SoundCloud offer cheap 4.99 (Pandora Plus)/5.99 (Soundcloud Go) subscription that offer an offline feature.

    I also love and use the Downcast podcast app daily to listen offline to my favorite podcasts when i'm on my bike from home <> work.
  5. Andrewtst macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2016
  6. Justin_Kemp macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2017
  7. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    MusicSense is back with an offline feature on iOS woohoo!
    I can again favorite tracks and add to a playlist and listen to them offline/cached.

    I do want to mention that it doesn't seem to be available in the US but mainly Europe.
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I'm still using my iPod classic - which connects to nothing except the computer when I am synching, and my Bowers & Wilkins headphones the rest of the time.

    However, as this wonderful device has been discontinued (by Apple, may they be cast into perdition for this act of wanton destruction), I will have to look further afield when my beloved iPod classic no longer functions as it was designed to do.

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