Music streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music make it easy to find and play your favorite artists and albums on your iPhone – but they cost over $ 14.99 per month. If you want to hear more of your downloaded music, a shortcut will help you find free online music that you can access and play in almost any media player of your choice.
Music Downloader, an iOS shortcut, searches online databases like YouTube for the music you want. From there, you can play, share, and save the title for offline use. While you can’t save downloaded tracks directly to the Music app on your iPhone, many file storage apps and media players will work, some of which can also use your music library so you may not even need music anymore.
The shortcut works in conjunction with another app to do this. When you choose to save the song, it will be held at 1
Step 1: Add the shortcut ‘Music Downloader’
You can download the Music Downloader shortcut by user @creepyeyesOO from the RoutineHub page of the shortcut or directly from the iCloud link.
The RoutineHub has more details, change logs, and the latest version of the tool. From there, tap “Get Shortcut” to continue. This should open the shortcut in the shortcut app. If you’re using the iCloud link, it should open in shortcuts too. When you land in Safari, you may also need to tap Get Shortcut. If the shortcuts show an error message stating that you cannot open them, go to Settings -> Shortcuts, toggle the “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” switch on, and try again.
On the shortcut preview page in Shortcuts, check the workflow if you want to make sure you are familiar with its contents and actions. Then tap “Add Untrusted Shortcut” at the bottom to add it to your library.
Step 2: Install the ‘a-Shell’ terminal emulator
Before you can use the shortcut successfully, you’ll need to download a-Shell, a terminal emulator that allows you to run Unix commands on your iPhone. You can now install it from the link below or use the shortcut to find and install it.
To use shortcuts, on the My Shortcuts tab, tap Music Downloader. Since you have not yet installed a-Shell, the shortcut will not run and a popup will appear. Tap on “Show”.
This will open the contents of the Music Downloader shortcut. At the top, you’ll see a window that says “A-Shell” asking you to download and install the app. Tap “View in App Store”. You can install them from there.
Step 3: Configure the shortcut
After both the Music Downloader shortcut and the a-Shell app are on your device, you can start downloading music. Go back to Shortcuts and tap the “Music Downloader” shortcut like before. If you get an error message, force close the shortcuts and try again. It may take some time to recognize that a-Shell has been installed. So don’t give up.
If the shortcut works, you will be prompted to give it access to a shell. Tap “OK” and you will be taken to a shell which will download some packages if this is your first time using them.
Step 4: Search for music using ‘Music Downloader’
You will then be redirected back to Shortcuts where you can enter the artist and title of the song you want to download. You don’t have to put a hyphen between the artist and the title, but you should include both to find the song. Just entering the artist or title will find the most popular one. Just entering the album name will give you the most popular song on the album. In any case, you should narrow down your terms with the artist and the song title.
Then tap Done, then tap OK to see all of the pop-ups asking you to allow access to specific websites where the tracks are found, such as: B. YouTube or YouTube Music. You will be redirected to a-Shell again while the app searches for the title.
Step 5: play, share, or save the song
Once the music downloader shortcut and a shell app find the song you’re looking for, you’ll be taken back to the shortcuts and a menu will appear where you can listen to the music, share it with friends, or save to multiple apps on your device.
Option 1: listen to the song
First of all, you want to check that the song you just downloaded is the right one. Tap on “Show”. A window will open where you can view the track and play the music. You also have a “Share” button in the bottom right that you can use to share the title. However, you can also do this from the menu in the shortcuts.
Option 2: share the song with others
Tapping Share will bring up the Share sheet, where you can share the track with your favorite contacts via Messages, AirDrop, and some installed apps like Mail, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. If you share the M4A file through Messages, they can play the song and download it directly from there.
Option 3: save the song as a video in photos
While this isn’t the best option for listening to music on your iPhone, you can save the song as a video in the Photos app by tapping “Save to Photos”. Then just go into the Photos app and you will see a video that says M4A. Tap the play button to listen to the song.
Option 4: Save the song in the files app
The main function that allows you to easily listen to the track on your device is to save it in the Files app. Tap “Save to Files” and you can keep the track anywhere in the Files app. It’s best if you already have a folder to store music downloads in. If you don’t, you can easily create a folder.
Once it’s downloaded and saved to files, you can find the song and tap on it to play it. It is saved as a lossless ALAC file (also M4A). Best of all, you can exit the Files app and the track will still play in the background. On your lock screen, you’ll see the song’s graphic along with the album title, if available.
Option 5: Save the song in a third party app
Finally, you can save the song to a third-party app of your choice, although not all apps may be available on your iPhone. When you tap “Save to Documents”, a popup will appear that says “To Documents” Inappropriate file type or format trying to save it to documents, a PDF reader, and a media player app that you may not have. If you have this app, the song can be saved and played from there. If you don’t, tap “Show” and you will be taken to the shortcut’s contents.
At the very bottom of the link’s workflow is a box labeled “Open Final Video in” Choose“Tap Select and choose the app you want the song to be saved to when you tap Save to Documents. You can choose from specific apps that you already have installed on your iPhone, such as: B. Google Docs, Dropbox, Notes, SoundHound, Voice Notes, and more, I chose Dropbox for this option.
Some music players can integrate themselves into a folder in Dropbox, files etc., e.g. B. Evermusic, Flacbox and VLC. However, the default music app on your iPhone can only be played if you add the music on your computer and then sync it with your iPhone.
Each time you select “Save to Documents” it will open your selected native or third-party app and you can save the M4A file in it. Depending on the app, you may be able to listen to the song while the app is in the background, like Dropbox.
Needless to say, we don’t approve of pirated content. We recommend using this shortcut for music in the public domain. If you’re going to be using it for something else, why not support the artists and labels and just buy the track?
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