Why can’t I download these MP3 files to my smartphone or tablet?
It’s because mobile devices have smaller-sized, simplified operating systems, and therefore less power and security, compared to full computers. These devices don’t have a built-in file management facility like a computer does. These devices do not allow downloading of files because it would be too much of a security risk for their simplified operating systems. So smartphones and tablets don’t allow the direct downloading of audio (or any) files the way your computer does.
But Apple Music and Audible let me download files?!
Programs like Apple Music or Audible let you download their files because they have a dedicated app that provides for that function and a dedicated proprietary download format within that app. But a simple ordinary website like ours does not have its own app or its own proprietary format within that app whereby a user could download audio files directly to a mobile device.
But I DID listen to an MP3 on my phone!
Sometimes, you might be able to click on an MP3 file link in an email on your device, and hear the audio playing. And, it might seem you are downloading it, but it is not actually downloading – instead it is streaming off our website and playing through a browser app on your device. This can only occur if you happen to be connected to WiFi when you click those links in the email. In this case, you have not actually downloaded a file to your device, although you were able to listen to it via streaming.
So, how DO I download an audio file, and then play it on my phone or tablet?
When at your computer and connected to the internet, open the email you received with the links to the audio file(s). Click on each link and the file(s) will download to your computer – you should find them where your downloads usually show up. Then if you just want to listen on your computer, you can open those files in a music player application such as iTunes (Mac) or MusicBee, Spotify or many others (Windows).
To play your MP3 files on a smartphone or tablet, you will need a music application which:
- Can store your files in a cloud account;
- And, which has a corresponding app that runs on your device.
Once your audio files are synced with your app’s online library, you will be able to listen to them when connected via WiFi. Depending on your music app, you may also be able to download files to your device to listen when offline as well. For example, the iPhone Music app allows offline listening by tapping “Add to Library.”
Great Free Option – Google Play Music
Google Play Music allows you to upload up to 50,000 audio files within your Google account, and even offers an option “Make available offline” which will download the audio to your device within the Google Play Music app. And it works well on both Apple and Android devices. (To listen to other music from Google Play Music there is a free option with ads, like Spotify or Pandora, or a paid subscription service to listen without ads.)
Technology is evolving every day, so keep up to date on new developments!