Apple Music to Support Song, Album Downloads for Offline Listening


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Although the WWDC 2015 keynote ran more than two hours, and Apple Music had its fair share of the limelight, it was still only enough to highlight some of the major features, and left users with tons of open questions. One of which was whether Apple will allow users to save music for offline listening. Speaking with Re/code, Apple confirmed that it will support offline listening.

“As an Apple Music member you can add anything from the Apple Music library — a song, an album or a video — to your collection,” Apple said in a statement to Re/code. “And that’s just the warm-up act. From there you can create the perfect playlist from anything you’ve added. You can save it for offline listening and take it on the road.”

This was, of course, a must-have feature of Apple Music – other subscription-based music streaming services offer offline listening. Spotify, for example, allows users to download music while on WiFi if you have a valid subscription and continue to use it for up to 30 days. Though after that period Spotify will require an Internet connection to check your subscription again.

By the way, offline listening was confirmed on the Apple Music page in a feature checklist, which also reveals that you can play and (also) save content from Connect. The latter is the feature that connects artists and fans, and it is built into Apple Music.

So, the “one more thing” Canadian Apple users will have to do is: wait. June 30 for Apple Music launch? Not likely.


  • BCEd

    Apple Canada promises to have Apple Music available in Canada simultaneously with its launch of Apple Radio … i.e. NEVER!

  • dgsuzuki

    Hey Gary.. any info on what quality you can download/save to? Spotify and Rdio allow for 320kbps which is a huge selling feature to me… iTunes is currently 256 which i bet they stick with? If they offered a full quality feature to compete with Tidal i would definitely be on board. For somer reason Apple has always cared more about convenience than quality with media (although not with physical hardware). Odd someone like Trent Reznor would be on board for low crappy streaming/saving when he’s a huge proponent of master quality audio…