Google Play (formerly Google Music) lets you store up to 20,000 of your songs in the cloud and stream them to your phone or tablet for free. It’s one of Android’s most appealing and popular features (and you can also tack it onto iOS with gMusic). Android’s music app lets you to mark albums, artists, playlists or individual songs for offline access, which are downloaded in the background and stored locally. (iOS users: Yes, you can do the same with gMusic.)
If you suddenly find yourself internet-less, all the songs selected for offline access will still be playable.
One drawback with most “offline modes” is that the songs available offline can only be played in the app designed to connect to that service — in this case, Android’s native music app (likewise with gMusic on iOS). The songs are cached in a proprietary database that isn’t readable by other players like Winamp, and won’t show up when it scans the device for music.
If you dislike using Google’s music app or prefer using another Android music player, there is an easy way work-around with no equivalent that we could find on the other platforms (score a win for Android). Cloud Music Sniper “snipes” your offline music from Google Play and makes it readable and saves it elsewhere on your phone. After that, you can listen to your tunes in any media player app you like, or even transfer the songs to a computer.