Apple Music for Android now lets you save music to an SD card

Rob Attrell

February 4, 2016 12:41pm

One of the most significant differences between Android and iOS devices is that Apple has total control over its iOS platform. When building an iOS app, developers never have to worry about dealing with content from an SD card, because no iOS device has an SD slot (third-party SD card adapters are only designed to transfer pictures).

Apple Music is the first legitimate cross-platform mobile initiative by Apple, and building an Android app is different from making one for iOS.

This week, Apple Music’s Android app received an update that will likely never make its way to the music streaming platform’s iOS iteration; Support for saving music to an SD card. If iOS users want to keep a section of their music library offline, they’re limited to the storage size of their device. Android users, provided their phone has an SD slot, are now only limited by the size of SD card they have.

Since the Google Play Store displays download counts, unlike the iOS App Store, we know Apple Music for Android has reached a million downloads, so it’s no surprise the company is taking steps to improve the experience on Google’s operating system.

The latest update also adds the Beats 1 schedule to Apple Music’s app, so you can find out ahead of time, which shows will be airing on the radio station, and when.

  • ianberg

    Not good enough. I’m still waiting for the ability to link my no-subscription iTunes account to Apple Music for Android and stream just my iTunes purchases in the app. I’m uninterested in paying for a subscription to Apple Music.

    • MassDeduction

      You can put your music collection on OneDrive and stream it to most devices from there. 1TB of OneDrive costs only $70 CAD per year as just one of the benefits of an Office365 subscription (less if you wait for sales, right now it’s on sale for $62). Unless your music collection is a full terabyte, you might get more value out of that cloud storage.

  • mahoganyheart

    This is so satiric, while most flagship phones are being released with no SD card support. What’s the benefit here?

    • MassDeduction

      A minority of Android devices are flagships. Many older flagships did support microSD, and there are suggestions that some of the newer flagships might as well (rumours that at least the Note 6 might, for example). I suspect a majority of Android devices support expansion via microSD.