Are you using Apple Music on your Android smartphone? Then there is good news for you. You can now save Apple Music songs and tracks on an SD card if you are on Android, as you can read in the apps’ official description. The exact words of the description are:
- 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 in to your favorite ones.
- Browse My Music by Composers and Compilations, which help you find music your classical albums or movie soundtracks.
It isn’t exactly clear what “downloading songs to an SD card” actually means. Does it mean the songs can be downloaded as MP3 files or some other format files? Does it mean you can simply tap some “download this to your SD card” icon and then when you play the song next time, you don’t need to be connected to the Internet, or does it mean you will actually be able to see the downloaded songs as individual files on one of your SD card folders? I don’t think that would be possible because otherwise people will download zillions of songs and then end up distributing them independent of Apple Music. As a company Apple is quite proprietary; it always wants to trap you in its own ecosystem. This trend has also been adopted by many more companies, for example in Kindle Reader, unless you know your way around, there is no way of reading the books in another application and there is no way of giving the book to someone else.
But when it comes to books Calibre can help you to some extent. I wonder if there is something like Calibre for Apple Music too. Although someone would suggest that a software that captures streaming audio can be used to record the songs and then save them as independent MP3 files.
If you haven’t tried out Apple Music yet, the first three months are free. During these three, free, months, I’m not sure if you can save songs off-line. This service will be available once you start paying the monthly fee. Anyway, if you are a Hindi music fan there isn’t much choice yet. For that I would recommend Gaana.com.