August 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Limited Data Plan? Download the Music Cloud To Go

Unlimited On-Demand Music Services with Offline Mode

Some people like to collect music and upload it to the cloud; others just want to collect it in the cloud in the first place. If you’re the latter type, you’ll want to subscribe to MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody, or Spotify. Luckily, all of them include an offline mode that lets you grab music from the cloud and take it with you on your device. Clearly, all of these services see the value in letting people download music — even if, unlike Wozniak, they believe in the cloud. However, if you want to use the mobile version, you’ll need to pay for a subscription.

Assuming you subscribe, here’s how you grab music to play offline from each of these cloud-based music services:

In MOG, all you have to do is look for the down arrow wherever it appears, and tap it to store that music locally. Here’s how that looks in an artist search result (we’re downloading an album):

mog download music offline playback

In the playlist-oriented Spotify, simply navigate to the playlist(s) you wish to store on your device and toggle the “Available Offline” switch to on… and if you want to be sure you’re not using your connection, you can select “Force Offline Mode” in the settings menu. Here’s how you toggle a playlist for offline playback:

Rdio lets you browse millions of songs and albums and add them to your little subset of Rdio with one tap, from within the app. Then, you have a choice: You can add that music to your collection (which means streaming), or, you can choose Sync to Mobile. The latter option puts the music on your phone (pretty image courtesy of Rdio):

rdio music cloud download

Like Spotify, Rhapsody lets you download any playlist to store it offline, and lets you “force offline mode” to be sure you don’t play any music that’s not stored locally on your phone. Simply tap the download icon, and you’ll see this start to happen:

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