We live in tough times where the internet has gotten pretty serious about downloading content. First they shut down torrent websites and now YouTube ripping sites might be on their way out too.

Ever since music producers Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group filed a combined lawsuit against youtube-mp3.org, one of the most widely used sites to download YouTube music, chances of getting access to (free) new music in the future seems pretty bleak.

So what does that mean for us?

Piracy was never a safe option to begin with. Moreover, we already have access to legal platforms to stream and download music for free or for a nominal monthly fee. If we all get on the legal music bandwagon, we won’t miss the sweet taste of piracy at all.

So before you start moaning for the loss of pirated music, here’s how you can cut down on the withdrawal symptoms. You can get used to these popular music apps that let you stream and download music legally.

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Apple Music

Now before we turn all your non-apple users away, let’s just begin of by saying Apple music is available to iOS, Android, and Windows phones too. With this app, you get access to over 30 million songs and a lot of playlists based on genres, new releases, artists etc. so that you can listen to whatever you want. You can use this app for free for the first three months and then at Rs. 120 per month for one person and Rs. 190 per month for up to six people.

Download: for Android, for iOS


If you like grooving to desi music, then Gaana is the app you need. It offers free and unlimited access to popular and contemporary English, Hindi and Regional music and Radio Mirchi too. Additionally, Gaana has a social aspect to it too where you can see what your friends are listening to. Download this app for free and use its free features like making, saving and browsing playlists. For more premium services, opt for their in-app purchases. At a nominal price of Rs. 120 per month for up to five devices you can download unlimited songs with a bit rate of up to 320 kbps.

Download: for Android, for iOS

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Like Gaana, Wynk is another ‘made in India’ music app suited for every kind of Indian. Whether you like English or Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Bhojpuri or Punjabi, there’s all kinds of music here. It also features specific categories like Bollywood, Pop, Rock, Bhangra, Devotional, Emotional, Romantic, Party, Old Romantic retro songs and more to suit your mood. With this app, you can stream 100 songs for free per month and then pay Rs. 60 per month (iOS) and Rs. 99 per month (Android) which is still a good deal to shell for music.

Download: for Android, for iOS


One of the earliest music streaming apps to be launched in India, Saavn still has a large number of users who swear by the quality of music you can find here. Apart from international and Indian music, you can play the online radio, audio programs and podcasts too. Browse through their library for better-curated music accessible on an easy-to-use interface. You can download 3 GB worth downloads for Rs. 120 a month.

Download: for Android, for iOS