Songr – An Amazing Way to Search, Stream, & Download Music [Windows]

Craig Snyder 01-11-2012

While Spotify is the successor to well-known names like Napster and Kazaa (though not P2P and well… legal), those of us that are still stubborn and prefer a solution to download music or stream without interruptions desperately search for a respectable alternative. Service-specific applications, like Groovedown, don’t do the trick for me. Relying on a single service to harbor your obscure musical interests doesn’t always pan out.


Recently, I stumbled across Songr and I can’t say enough about it. I’ve used it every day since downloading it and any music freak running Windows needs to have this application in their arsenal. Finding music won’t be quite the same once you’ve tried it out. Let’s give it a look.


Songr is completely free. You need to be running XP SP3, Vista, 7, or 8. There’s no peer-to-peer transfers, no ads, no spyware, adware, viruses, none of that garbage. Nothing is forced upon you. The only dependency is .NET Framework 3.5.

Songr comes available in its newest version, a Classic version, and a portable Classic version. During the installation process, you may encounter a toolbar opt-in screen. Be very sure that you’re not just clicking through the installation screens because you need to opt out of this. I’ll never support any toolbar or homepage hijack. I can’t blame the application author though, as this is an amazing program and I’m sure it’s a nice source of income.

songr music download

I feel it’s important to immediately make MUO readers aware of any cautions like that. With that out of the way, let’s get into the application’s array of features.


Songr pulls results from 16 MP3 search engines:

  8. (YouTube videos)

Many of those search engines are packed with ads and other annoyances. It’s great to have Songr because you can avoid all that and get only what you came for – the music.

Songr supports many different languages. You’re able to search for full albums and search by lyric. You’re able to download HD YouTube videos and even extract the audio from the video as MP3. Intelligent sorting allows the best results to be displayed first. You can even buy music directly from Amazon or Rhapsody after searching. There are many more features that you can read into at the website.

If you’re convinced, download Songr and let’s run through the application.


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In the top-right corner, you’ll see the search field. Clicking the field allows you to search for tracks, albums, or artists. Give it a test run.

songr music

Here, you can see that I’ve searched for a song and relevant results are shown. They are automatically sorted using an algorithm to predict the quality. Right-clicking on a result offers multiple options. You can play, download, or preview a song. You can also copy the direct URL.


songr music

Double-clicking a result will cause it to automatically open in your default application set to play MP3s. In my case, it’s Winamp.

songr free music

The Download option will immediately open a save prompt. No captchas or anything like that.


songr free music

This is the core functionality of Songr. It is simple, immediate, and effective. There’s not many other free applications out there like it. Options like Download from YouTube are an added bonus.

songr music download

What do you guys think of Songr? Is it the best way to stream and download music? If not, I challenge you to offer an alternative below! Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Johan Van den Broeck
    November 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I use Songr for several months and it is really good that you can listen to a song ,entirely,before buying it.
    This program is more than ok.

  2. Ahmed Zizo
    November 7, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Using Songr for a year & i could rate it as 5/5 for all it's great function ,, Also i recommend to give this cool site (MP3, Lyrics & Video Downloads) a try :)

  3. Jon Smith
    November 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Is this Legal? I'm a bit more concerned now that Six Strikes is brought upon the States

  4. Edward Bellair
    November 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm


  5. Rob Nadin
    November 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Nice app, but Windows only? I hate having to virtualise/WINE programs because it's not cross-platform compatible.

  6. Raghav Gupta
    November 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Will try it but sont think it will do much for me

  7. Ken Gaming
    November 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

    It would be cool if there is a ios and a android version of this

  8. vineed gangadharan
    November 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks you saved my time of searching high quality mps's from web :)

  9. Kasian
    November 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I like to use MP3 Rocket, but I am willing to give Songr a try!! :)

  10. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Turns out it also has a portable version, which is helpful to keep memory usage minimum. So, definitely will give this a try! Thanks

  11. Raj Sarkar
    November 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Cool! :D
    I am going to try it right away!

  12. David Omon
    November 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Definitely going to give it a shot, especially the Download from YouTube option

  13. Adam Porter
    November 2, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Definitely not legal and something I won't be using! It's basically Napster or Limewire without the p2p component.

  14. Jesse Manalansan
    November 2, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Wow, I did not know anything about this until I read this post.

  15. Ahmed Khalil
    November 2, 2012 at 4:28 am

    i see the old winamp again it is old history

  16. holycow
    November 2, 2012 at 4:22 am

    ill bite... ive been using emule and a VPN for individual songs. hasnt failed me yet. but im always willing to try new things.
    ill give it a shot, see if its better, faster, etc. if not then ill stick with emule since i can do ebooks and hard to find files.

  17. Somaiya Ebrahim
    November 2, 2012 at 3:53 am

    looks pretty cool..thanks for sharing :)

  18. Paul Harris
    November 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I tried Songr and found the download was slow (26kbs). I use HotMP3downloader.
    It is fast and offers a good database of songs.

  19. JZ Cruz
    November 2, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Wow, nice find! Thanks for sharing as I just heard this today. This reminds me of Limewire (RIP), though.

  20. Siddhant Chaurasia
    November 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Just heard of this today

  21. Allen Barnett
    November 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I prefer to pay for and download my music. We need to support artists. I like getting things for free but somebody has to end up paying. Besides buying just the songs you like is still so much cheaper than buying a full CD.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

      Allen, I think such action could be justified by using it just for preview. If you think the music is good, buy it legally. You're right, though, nowadays it's so easy to buy only song you like than having to pay for the entire CD (which maybe only contains 2-3 songs you like)

    • Ben
      November 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      I'll second that.

  22. raymond mcnatt
    November 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm


  23. Yang Yang Li
    November 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    This will be useful. MakeUseOf does it again, making me more knowledgable about the web.

  24. Eric Wardowski
    November 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Excellent program - thanks for sharing in a well written article!

  25. Brian Mok
    November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I find this to be very useful and awesome. Thanks! :)

  26. well_you_know
    November 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    i use:
    it's pretty damn awesome actually but i will try this songr thing :D

  27. chris
    November 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    How is this legal?

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      It is not, but well we are pirates

  28. Ryszard Grodzicki
    November 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    That's the tool I was looking for ! I was using an video downloader add-on for Firefox for a few weeks which extracts basicly any media you can play on any site, but you have to download everything one by one and you get it usually in some video format, so converting is also necessary. I hope this application will save me lots of time and let me just enjoy the music!

  29. Dmitriy Haralson
    November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    well... looks interesting... but i recently found grooveshark, so gonna stick to that

  30. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Great app! Thanks for sharing! Now it's gonna be so easy to download music... :)

  31. Vasil Indzhov
    November 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Actually Spotify uses P2P technology.

    • Yang Yang Li
      November 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      It used to. In the early days, Spotify would use your bandwidth to stream songs to other Spotify users. They did this so save server costs. After some people found out that Spotify was doing this without their permission, they made a big stink and got Spotify to stop. I do not mind uploading to keep such a great service running. I hope Spotify's business model works!

  32. Endrit Zeqiraj
    November 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I've been using Songr for like a year and a half and is perfect for what it does. Thumbs up

    • Yang Yang Li
      November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Why you no share!? Songr is so great at what it does.

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Thumbs down because it is direct PIRACY.