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Poll: Do you still have locally stored music files on your phone?

Are you all-in on music streaming services or do you still keep some music files on your phone?

Published onMay 31, 2022

music player widget on smartphone
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

Update: June 6, 2022 (7 AM ET): It turns out that over two-thirds of polled readers still have music files stored on their smartphones. You can check out our full poll results article at the previous link.

Original article: May 31, 2022 (7:55 AM ET): Streaming music exploded in popularity in the last six or seven years, as the likes of Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify, and YouTube Music are all vying for a slice of the pie.

It seems like traditional offline playback via music files is less important than ever, but we want to know whether you indeed have locally stored music files on your phone. You can answer this question by taking our poll below.

Do you have locally stored music files on your phone?

12112 votes

Just to clarify, we’re not asking whether you’ve got downloaded music from a streaming service on your phone. We want to know whether traditional music files are stored on your smartphone. These files can be downloaded to your phone from a website, copied from a PC, or obtained via another source (e.g. sent via WhatsApp).

Me? I have a few dozen music tracks on my current daily driver as I’ve exceeded my YouTube Music device limit. I’ve also previously copied music to my phone that I simply bought elsewhere, wanting to make the most of my purchase.

You can give us your answer via the poll above and sound off in the comments if you’d like to elaborate on your choice.

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