Music Wizard Downloader is a free, third-party music-downloading service that puts your favorite music directly onto your Android device. It's not perfect by any stretch, but if you're willing to put up with a few hiccups, this is a fine way to save some money.
Music Wizard Downloader allows you to search for, and download, millions of different MP3 music files, all of which come from a public search engine that's somewhere on the Internet. This free domain won't have a lot of your more obscure favorites, but it will have the majority of mainstream radio hits.
The first thing I noticed about this app was how incredibly simple its design is. The background is black, and the text is typewritten in a white, plain-jane serif font. At any given point, there are sizable, invasive ads that banner across the top, bottom or even straight through the middle of the screen. You can definitely tell this is a free application.
The app's simplicity makes use a cake-walk. There's a search bar along the top of the app, where you can type in the artist or song you're looking for. Below that is a drop-down menu titled "More Options." Here, you have the choice to click either "Billboard," "Download Panel," "My Music" or "My Ringtones" — all pretty self-explanatory options (Billboard, referring to the Billboard hits of the moment). I never had any trouble finding where my track was after download.
Music Wizard Downloader is very similar in concept to the traditional peer-to-peer programs, like Napster, Limewire or Kazaa. I've been out of the illegal downloading game for a while, though, so I realized that I have completely forgotten that you sometimes really get what you pay for when you download free. You might not always get the exact song you'd hoped for, downloads might lag and then fail for no apparent reason, the sound quality won't be very great, the track will be incomplete or the file will be unreadable. The case is the same with this app — you might have to download a track a few times before you get something workable, or find exactly what you're looking for.
Music lovers who are crazy about programs like Limewire, though, might find this app to be too tedious. This app is different from the more-standard P2P apps, in that you can't go crazy downloading whole albums or .ZIP files of tons and tons of songs. Music Wizard Downloader is set up for users to download one song at a time.
You have the option to preview a song before downloading it, but I found that this feature only worked 50 percent of the time. I would often encounter a "streaming error" from the network, and I would just have to hope that the track I chose was the right one. I also noticed that when the preview option did work, the app would often play the entire song. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just a little strange, seeing that I'm used to the one-and-a-half minute run on iTunes.
In addition to allowing you to download songs, Music Wizard Downloader also provides you with the tools you need to make your own ringtones. The process is easy, similar to what you would see on a website like Phonezoo, where you move the sound-editing bars back and forth across the screen to indicate where you want a song to start and end.
I was especially pleased to find that if you have a high-quality song, you're pretty much guaranteed a high-quality ringtone. When you're done, the app asks if you want to save it for later, assign it to a particular person or make it your default ringer. You can even share it with friends.
Music Wizard Downloader is a great, free way to download music, and make your own ringtones. It has its flaws, but beause it's free, it's certainly worth checking out.