All isn't quite as rosy as I make it sound, but the idea's certainly there. From the Store description:
Songify allows you to search, find, and download music as MP3, and not pay for a subscription. Download it once, keep it forever.
- Files are stored in mp3/mp4 in your music folder. Forever. Be it mobile, or not. Add it to your playlists! Stream all music offline, with no ads, for free!
- You can search for any song and save it to your device in offline format.
- You can load your Spotify playlists, and for FREE, save them to your device in mp3 format for offline listening. You never have to pay for Spotify again, and you'll never get interrupted.
- Listen to music and NOT PAY. Driving in your car and streaming a playlist? You're paying. DONT. Use this instead.
- Going for a run? Just load up your Spotify playlist into this app, click 'Convert All' and go. No data charge. No Monthly Fee.
- Do you even lift, Bro? Yup. Got you covered.
- Want that awesome new Metallica song? Yeah Right... just find it in Songify and click 'convert' and go. This app does everything. Almost. I am open to feedback.
- Simply search for a song or video, and click 'Convert'. It will be placed in your Music folder for your offline listening enjoyment!. Better yet, hit 'Convert All' and boom - you have everything you ever wanted,
All sounds a little dodgy? Well, maybe. It's certainly a grey area, with this music all being publicly available on YouTube and the app is simply making it easier to 'listen'.
Here's Songify UWP in action:
And, being a UWP app, here's the obligatory Continuum shot - it works really well on the larger screen (and on laptop/tablet etc.):
There are numerous issues with Songify at the moment. It's perfectly behaved most of the time, with the limitation that you can't scrub along a track - it's a continuous playback/stream or nothing. But as the music you want gets more obscure then the versions presented often are 'live' or not the 'right' ones. And once the tracks get really off the beaten track then you're lucky to get anything resembling what you actually wanted.
Then there are occasions where tracks won't play/stream at all and there's no confirmation in the UI, no error message, etc. Finally, tracks which have been downloaded to 'local' aren't marked or visible anywhere in the UI and when you tap on their pop-up menu, the 'Download' option is still there. All very confusing indeed.
You can grab this for free in the Store here. An IAP of £4 gets rid of the adverts and, hopefully, will help the developer to be motivated to fix the various bugs and inconsistencies.
PS. Comments welcome if you've tried this new UWP app.