Best Music Apps

Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps

Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it's only natural that now the one device we carry with us everywhere is also our primary media player. On Android, we're also fortunate that there's a huge community of developers that create apps that can better the experience we're provided by the folks who made our phones.

The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd. It'd be impossible to look at all of them, so here we've chosen 5 of them that we think are some of the best there is. Let's take a look.

 
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Gekko says:

Rocketplayer.

roninksb says:

this.

Francois Roy says:

Local playback is dead. Streaming FTW

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, T-Mobile subscribers (mainly me) would like to disagree with you lol. When I'm traveling, having locally-stored music is a necessity, especially considering all of the EDGE areas that I usually roll through.

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MarkSeven says:

+1

Quis89 says:

Lucky for me Sprint has improved dramatically in my area so streaming is becoming more frequent for me.

ryanmtech says:

Same here. Spotify all day for me!

keith2k1 says:

I'm in Austin so I don't have Edge issues, but I totally feel you on having local music on a T-mo device.

+1

Amir47 says:

not an issue on sprint for me
I just have to get about 2 minutes from i live first.

roninksb says:

yea, I beg to differ. Streaming seems to be viable only if you are going to listen to your music in a fixed location where you have signal strength that is steady. Also, I still prefer my personal music collection to a service like Pandora or Slacker, etc. On the other hand, if I am streaming my own music, why not have it local?

jakeuten says:

not if you have a limited data plan...

Posted on my Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) or Gateway ID49C

Amir47 says:

include your music streaming in your data pool.

nah, streaming eats battery and data if not on wifi. I rather just have a nice SD card and play my music from there.

ukimpact says:

I agree streaming is stupid only good if good reception and battery charge point useless in travel kid prob sits home all day on wifi
I have unlimited data 4g I only stream youtube but equaliser + u can get on apk and its not that good the standard music player in samsung is fine but I use whatever equaliser + ♥ phones are for travel music streaming is dumb

Absolutely. Plus all streamed music is compressed, so suitable only for loser's ears.

bem.atsma says:

I never had much success with DoubleTwist, but the combination of iSyncr and Rocketplayer makes me pretty happy with my music situation on my phone. It is the only one I've found that allows my to copy over my iTunes auto-playlists and to sync play counts and ratings back into iTunes.

To manage my large library of songs and to keep things fresh, I use two primary playlists: "Favourites" (>=4 stars) and "Songs not listened to in a long time" (>=18 months). For this to work, I need to keep ratings and play counts synced. Rocketplayer and iSyncr does this for me.

Oh, and it give me Album Shuffle: choose an album at random, play it in order, then go on to the next random album.

mrmartin86 says:

I agree. Yay Rocket Player!

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bacchus224 says:

Ben.atsma: Do you set those playlists up in iTunes or in Rocket Player?

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bem.atsma says:

iTunes.
The favourites one is easy.
The other is more involved: Not played in X months, is not Christmas, is not audiobook, is not 1 Star. Play with X to get a set of reasonable size that keeps things fresh but doesn't choke the space that you have on your phone. For me, X is currently 24!

tavifer says:

If you like the album shuffle, you might like Random Music Player; it has a random list button that chooses the next random album, artist, playlist, or folder. It also has an option to start at a random place in each song, to help keep the music on the device interesting. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.taviferapps.randommusi...

Longshot2012 says:

Another for Rocketplayer. For all the reasons already listed.

cluckkillerb says:

Another for Rocketplayer, easy to use and lite

ThreeofNine says:

+1

qdigga says:

+1

crxssi says:

+100

I tried them all. Rocketplayer is the best. I have no idea what it is not in their list.

Joe Tischer says:

Player Pro is the best...DSP pack, skins...Beautiful player

frow86 says:

This ^, and the smart Playlist options are great. I uninstalled power amp for this. Also being able to back up star rating and play count is a life saver if you swap phones a lot.

PlayerPro FTW

kentrol72 says:

I use Player Pro as well...but does anyone find the volume is lowet than their native music player? There is a significant difference between the volumes on Player Pro and my Samsung music player.

Sent from my SG Note 2

imsganesh says:

+1. Creating playlist out of an entire folder is awesome

worknman says:

Does it allow you to play music by folder instead of by tags? This is the reason why I use MortPlayer.

figueroaw says:

+1000000000

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Jer Rey says:

+1. Player Pro beats all other Music Players.

Joseph Bejm says:

Missing Artists Name. Most of the Songs show Unknown Artist but The Names are there in ID tag

Audemars02 says:

How is Music Player remix not included in this list?
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hedami.musicplayerremix

Instead of asking that...tell us why it should be :)

DanPLC says:

As the developer of Music Player (Remix), I'll give my point of view concerning what makes it stand out:

1) Several unique and useful features that no other music app provides including:
a) full-featured swipe-up widget (called "mini-player") accessible from within any app where you not only have basic controls, you can view/edit/reorder your playlist, choose another playlist, choose one of your favorites, scrub through the track, etc.
b) customizable notification when new songs are added to your device - tap it to play the new songs.
c) customizable shortcuts on the now playing screen where you can assign functions for one-tap access including (youtube song/artist search, save bookmark, add to playlist, download album art, download lyrics, save to faves, edit music tags, and much more)
d) And many more little touches like in-app album/artist/genre/composer wiki browsing, karaoke recording mode while viewing lyrics, automatic bookmarks saved in every song, playlist multi-add mode for quickly adding multiple items to a playlist from anywhere in the app with a single tap, etc.

2) Intuitive swipe-based interface - swipe from the left, right, and bottom edges of any screen in the app to access your music library, playlists, faves, auto-generated playlists, now playing list, equalizer, wallpaper/color customizations, and much more

3) Working on a big release (1.5.0) with Chromecast support and a bunch of other goodies. I've updated the app regularly since it was released over a year ago.

4) I've been a very active member of the Mobile Nations (webOSNation and AndroidCentral) community for almost 5 years. I interact with my users all the time here in the forums, on Twitter, and via email.

benurd says:

I'm going to go download now. Sounds cool

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jsabo says:

And you should try it because Dan was one of the few people that tried to keep WebOS alive by providing useful, quality apps. Music Player (Remix) for WebOS was easily one of my most-used apps.

ridie1389 says:

Oh my God! I remember when Music Player (Remix) came out on WebOS! It's one of the main apps that made me want to be a part of the Open WebOS project!

Thee Mahn says:

It is a rare gem when the actual developer posts. I also develop software and operating systems. I have built Android based O/S's and written android software. None of which has seen the light of day in fear of being sued. In my world of Linux a new world. I have tried your app and see it's potential, however the first time it is fired up should scan the entire system instead of "more possible solutions". My phone has multiple mount points internal (no music), sdcard0 (no music), sdcard1 (music). it circle jerked me back to google play because it can not find my music & wants additional software. I have written software for picking up all mounted points for Linux, I suggest a look through my open source software. Next time I try your app I hope to see it rectified & will shove money your direction. I will not drop my specs or software, I get no gratification of building my Ego any larger then it already is ;)

Audemars02 says:

I think Dan did a pretty good job of that!

Arkhos says:

How about which player is the best for FLAC files?
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Daniel Vicol says:

Neutron
search on it on Play store
the best i ve ever tried

jaeskill says:

Looks solid... I'll try it out

Poweramp

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MERCDROID says:

+9000

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+9001 but my Playlists get erased every now and then.

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goinovr says:

Winamp.

kenrico says:

Winamp

It whips the llama's *ss !

Kenny

suavehouse says:

Bro, I didn't see that coming... Lol

LeroyRJR says:

Tried several, but keep going back to winamp, dead app or not, still my fav

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whalemonster says:

Me too. I like being able to pre-amp my tunes - it's the only way they sound loud enough through my big Sennheisers. =)

Paul Moody says:

N7 Player is the one for me. It syncs perfectly with my Chromecast too!

dann127 says:

Been using N7 Player for a while. Good functionality and the addition of Chromecast support has made it great. The UI is always fun to play with and always looks fantastic.

Andro10 says:

MAVEN

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If you've got lower end headphones, Mavens virtual surround blows everything else out of the water.

liteon163 says:

For years I avoided Apollo on Cyanogenmod, figuring it wasn't very good. When Winamp died, I finally gave it a shot. Nice player. But on my LG G2, only the stock music app has access to the proprietary audio driver that takes advantage of the fantastic audio subsystem. That stock player lacks some basic functions, like downloading album info, but audio quality trumps almost everything in my book. On a side note, Neutron can use the proprietary audio driver but it can't do so without herky-jerky playback.

I have a G2, give Orpheus a try.

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Lance Danca says:

Your G2 plays music? WTF!

I mean mine tries... but no dice. I think it might be tone deaf or something. Which really sucks as I use my phone almost exclusively for music. My device has decided that I shouldn't focus on music as much.

roman210 says:

What about beats? Is that not good haven't tried it out yet got google play music

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Channan says:

My family tried out Beats because they're on AT&T and got a three-month trial free. It's nice if you know exactly what song/album you want to add to your library, but music discovery on Beats sucks. I'd switch and use one of their accounts for only $3/month ($15 ÷ 5 people) but All Access radio is how I find most of my music now. And $8/month isn't bad.

Dayle Soares says:

poweramp nothing comes closer

Closer to what? :)

wazz675 says:

Closer to chin scratching elitist status. ;)

For me, I have loved n7 player for a long time on nexus 7s, both gens, and my HTC ONE X. Lately I have been liking rocket player on my LG G2. It just suits the look and sound I like.

Considering you only buy it once, and I bought mine in 2008, I'll accept being called an elitist :)

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MERCDROID says:

+1 lol

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bigmike09890 says:

Agreed. Lockscreen is what keeps me coming back. Built in Android controls are OK but poweramp's is much better.

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Distrack says:

I tried all of them and I came back to PowerAmp.

ben7798 says:

I've tried most of these and Rocketplayer is still my favorite. Power amp is nice too and probably my second choice.

Menno says:

I use Google Music Player because I'm subscribed to the music there. My favorite player from the list above is PowerAmp (Looks great, amazingly responsive dev, sounds great) but because Google doesn't have any way for third parties to access their music, I stick with the Google Music Player. Hey, at least they updated the look of it before the subscription, or I'd still most likely be using Spotify.

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geluadi says:

Poweramp is the best option for more than 4 years.
I use the payed one and i think is offering lot of custom setup.

ncfanboy says:

Rocket player has been my go to for about 1 1/2 years

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blz2 says:

I have to stick with Google Play because I haven't downloaded/bought a song in years. That concept seems so '2004'. I can stream whatever I want. Why do people buy songs? Pay $8/month for Play Music and listen to everything (ok, nearly) you want. My playlists are everywhere I log into Google. Upload whatever old songs I have.

tillerrw says:

This is how I feel. Since trying the free trial I haven't looked back.

demontooth says:

Since subscribing to google play music I look at my 800+ piles of CDs and wonder what in the world I am going to do with them.

tillerrw says:

Amen! I have them all in a closet now. I want them gone but know that one day I may need them, for some reason even though they are backed up on my HDD and in Google's music cloud.

bumpandrun says:

When I try to listen to a sample of a song it takes forever to start playing. Is it the same with the service? I don't have that lag with Spotify.

gtg465x says:

I usually can't even tell whether I'm playing a local song or streaming one, unless I have really poor cell service obviously.

bumpandrun says:

Thanks, I may have to give it a shot. I want to use Google because that's where all my other music is located but I've been wary because of the lag with samples. I even get the lag when listening to samples on my tower on my home network.

Lance Danca says:

Honestly, I have noticed that with a couple of samples I have sent to my girlfriend. The app is much faster.

bumpandrun says:

I've actually wondered if what is happening is that the song downloads until it gets to the point where the sample begins and then starts playing. In other words the sample isn't an actual sample of the song but the entire song with only the sample portion playing. I wonder how many people are scared of Google Music because of it?

Lance Danca says:

It probably does scare people away. But I can say with confidence the only problems I have with Google Music are phone problems on my side. My G2 is incapable of streaming more than a couple songs in a row.

'seems so 2004". Howzabout 1894? I listen to pre-war and early roots/blues, so about 70% of my music collection causes services like Google Play to go into fits. Thats why I love Rocketplayer and folder view, and no, that wasn't a typo. The oldest song on my SD card is from 1891 - wax cylinder to MP3 FTW :)

Synycalwon says:

I prefer the SiriusXM app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirius). It keeps me connected to all my favorites channels when I'm away from the car. Use it on my phone when out and about and tablet when at home. :)

Tigrisan says:

This! This and DoubleTwist to switch between and I'm a happy camper.

just_ekeluo says:

Not yet fine enough to appear in top 5, but mediamonkey is feature packed and has wireless sync ability with its desktop client for getting music onto ur device.

UJ95x says:

I bought PowerAmp yesterday :)

Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2

cindave says:

MediaMonkey for Android is still in beta. It has all the functionality of the aforementioned apps. Plus, if you use MediaMonkey to organize your desktop collection, you get the added benefit of syncing via wifi. Still a couple of bugs, it is still in beta, but is very close to being ready for prime time.

What about easy DLNA casting? The stock music app on any of my girlfriend's current and previous HTCs has had an extremely easy 'play to' type button that I've yet to see implemented in other players, at least, obviously. I have to have a stand alone app to stream to my networked receiver at home. Any suggestions??

GrooveRite says:

I've tried many and Poweramp has been by far the best player for me!

jwiesneski says:

ZPlayer beats anything else I've used, including some of the players from this article.

Analyss14 says:

I finally broke down and got ZPlayer after eyeballing it for close to a year. I really love the minimal look of the app but I stopped using after only one day. The problems I had were that my background images would disappear randomly and many time when playing a song I would just have a black background. Also, I wish it would let you manually edit artist pics for the background because I have a lot of international music and it just chooses random pictures of similarly named artists for the background. Really weird O_o

It doesn't have a now playing bar that easy to get to, the only way I can see what's currently playing when I am browsing my albums is to use the music keys on my Nexus 5. Worst of all, for such a beautiful app the widgets are very ugly and limited.

Denisew 1972 says:

+1 I was wondering when someone was going to mention Z player! It's the music player that finally made me leave my Zune hd at home... love it. It's daunting but yes, you can edit album art. From main menus you scroll all the way to the left to xtras and edit your art there. You can even choose your own from gallery for "mix tapes" ie... my version of digital compilation playlists, lol. Yea, I got way too much time on my hands but I'm a little OCD with album art!
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Dfx player pro

Posted from my 2013 nexus 7, yeah baby!

Le0_Br4zUc4 says:

I like Google Music because of the all access music and cloud support, this 2 features keep me from trying other apps.

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bumpandrun says:

I use Google when I want to stream something I own that isn't on my phone. The stock Android app for books (so I can keep them queued up to the correct spot without losing it by playing music). And then when I want to really enjoy the music I use Poweramp. It makes my music sound much better than Google or the stock app. I have to say though, I'm going to give Music Player (Remix) a try after reading about the features listed by Dan above. The only thing I don't like about poweramp is having to use the back button multiple times to get back out of the song screen to albums, artists, etc.

Free: Rocket Player, Hiki Player
Paid: GoneMAD Music Player

Nelson Neves says:

+1 for GoneMad Music Player!

jwlehman says:

Great review article! One issue that I think deserves mention is the big disadvantage of Google music. If you buy music from Google then you are strong-armed into using only their app to listen to those songs! I know that you can get around that issue with a convoluted process of copying files etc.

I feel that the ultimate music app would find ALL music on my device and display it in a consolidated list. Google is following Apple's lead with trying to keep users locked into their music player. This way of thinking goes against the very reason why I moved to an Android phone.

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TomW093 says:

You aren't locked in, just download the songs to your PC. And since I've been using their app, it does exactly what you mention: it found all the music on my device (whether on internal storage or SD card) and was able to play all of the songs.

Sony's walkman is great

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TomW093 says:

My only complaint about Play Music is the shuffle algorithms. My queue always just plays through my music mostly alphabetically, but with a twist. All the songs beginning with the letter "O" will play, but they won't be exactly in order. And there will be a random song begiing with an different letter thrown in the mix. Then the P's, Q's, R's, so on in the same manner.

Analyss14 says:

lol. Yeah it's a bit frustrating, but for me when playing music in shuffle mode, it will sometimes play all the songs from one artist before finally moving on to other songs.

sjg2846 says:

If you are a college student, Spotify is the way to go. with wifi around campus (for me at least) and not having to worry about data with offline playback its a must for on $5 now that they have a student discount.

psp1232171 says:

None of those players are as good as Neutron. I tried poweramp and doubletwist and they still won't play 10% or more of my list. Flacs and bootlegs that I get off of archive.org/livemusic only play on Neutron. The sound is sick but the UI is not as good as others but I don't mind. Just my two cents.
Peace

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S0All says:

PlayerPro is usefull as wel.

balansboy says:

I'm very content with the stock music app on my HTC One

SkinsFan1987 says:

Outside of Google Play Music and Pocket Casts, I use Fusion; it gives me the ability to rewind and fast foward when I need it. The interface itself is rather clunky, but it does the job.

Neutron Player

MarkSeven says:

Amazon MP3

nirogu325 says:

JetAudio Plus deserves a mention, especially once you get the AM3D add-on. Much better audio than PowerAMP and even Neutron Player which I tried.

Doubletwist is just a fail, I don't get how it can be on a top five list and there is no mention of rocketplayer or winamp.

lightyear420 says:

Best for who??? Not me!! I don't understand what makes people think they can claim they know the "best ____ app" for everyone. There is no such thing. Now deflate your ego and move on, please!!

Analyss14 says:

Oh please. That's why they asked for your opinion at the end. Besides, you know damn well what they mean by "best" so take your outrage elsewhere.

Warrenisit says:

He's a major asshole/troll with nearly every comment he posts.

sparker781 says:

I am currently using the default music app on SG4. Though it doesnt have all the bells and whistles as the other players it does what i need and thats play music. I been trying to find something that will allow me to synch my device directly with iTunes but thats more than just a dream...I know there are apps that will allow to you to synch your playlists, I was looking for the full experience. The only other thing I would say is that I been looking for an app that will allow me to download album art directly, if anyone has any suggestions for that....I'd be more than happy to hear them.

Thanks

Same here, have tried other players and end up coming back. The interface is so simple and like how all songs are displayed for the same artist and album unlike other players which I have to go back and select the next album.

jsabo says:

Given that Google Play allows you to upload 20K songs to the cloud, for free, Google Play Music wins by default for me. When I buy new stuff, it automatically gets uploaded, at which point it's just there-- I can play from my phone or any of my tablets.

I do usually load some music directly to a device if I expect to be away from a network, but that's so few and far between that I don't bother to look elsewhere.

I just wish the player didn't crash so much- I've no idea what it's conflicting with, but I usually can't make it through the 30 minute commute to work without it hacking at least once.

Wayne Cook says:

Gone MAD Music Player!

Jack in NC says:

Yes, yes, yes! I've used PowerAmp, Uber, Winamp, DoubleTwist and more, and Gone MAD is easily my favorite for the overwhelming configuration options. I love the gesture and screen tap configs - I swipe up/down for volume and double tap for play/pause. Simple stuff to be sure, but so wonderful in implementation.

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BK Phil says:

+1
For the longest time I was a loyal PlayerPro user, but switched to GMMP mainly to gain correct tag mapping (AlbumArtist) - and I haven't looked back.

Still love PlayerPro, and now that KitKat has apparently fixed the media library, my original reason is moot. But I've stayed with GMMP mostly because it sorts albums by year. I'm an album listener. Never listen to individual tracks.

Still looking for my true love, though. Need to sync ratings, and nothing out there seems to do that smoothly. Fiddling with MusicMonkey to gain that and easy wifi syncing, but something about the desktop app puts me off.

On a related note, MusicBee is the bomb.

Play Music and Poweramp for me!

jc411 says:

my main is PowerAmp.. also sometimes use shuttle+. have jetaudio plus but haven't used it in awhile.

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WolfpacDAR says:

Anybody use MixZing? I like it, but was wondering if it's worth trying one of these, or another...

Eclectech says:

MixZing is old news. I used it 3 years ago, but PowerAmp trumps it in every way.

WolfpacDAR says:

right on, i'll check it out!

WolfpacDAR says:

meh, it doesnt even handle video it looks like... fail. MixZing is my one and only media player. that's pretty nice to have.

gonsa says:

Poweramp since the first year on android. that was 4 years ago.

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navi16 says:

hi any one knows what are the headphone in the headline picture..

crakedparrot says:

Yep, those are the first generation "Nergy" by Monster.

navi16 says:

Thanks. I thought that the jabra rox was the first with magnets.. wrong!!

stevovr says:

Neutron and ZPlayer

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Phill360 says:

Poweramp is an excellent player but it does work for all phones. I use it on my Nexus 5 and it's great but on my HTC One XL it had poor audio quality

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Revrant says:

These look like excessively flashy crap to me, I just use MoboPlayer, I'm trying to play the music, not the app.

LaMarcus says:

I have been a fan of Power Amp since day 1, just waiting on support for pinned to phone music from Google play music.

Using Apollo from Cyanogen mod!

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I have doubletwist and Google play music at the moment and used power amp for a while, can't remember why I ditched it now,It was such a great media player .

Google music is best , all my music catalogue with me everywhere I go, when it was released in UK first I had my sister(UK resident) log into my Google so I could use it in Ireland.

Posed via Nokia 3310 smartphone

sinanharb says:

has anyone tried jetAudio its my favorite

nirogu325 says:

Me. I love the AM3D add-on. It really enhances sound.

timboevbo says:

Hadn't heard of Shuttle before, paid my 55p, would have happily paid more

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TheMillsDad says:

Meh, what happened to carting around six tonnes of vinyl?
Google Music ftw here atm. Synced my iTunes library plus all my backed up CD's (yes, and vinyl), and it plays flawlessly almost. The only part that gets on my tits is the shit the wife listens to and suddenly ends up in my library because she forgot to turn off the PC music manager before acquiring her tubes. Other than that, hoorah

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TheMillsDad says:

That should have so said "tunes" ffs...

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Eclectech says:

I've been using PowerAmp for a few years and while I agree, it is awesome, I'm a little bored with it. Think I'm going to give the N7 Music Player another shot.

techitrucker says:

What good is a music player that sounds bad? That's the problem with Play Music. For sound quality and online storage combined, Amazon music player is far superior. If you have and HTC phone like the M8, don't discount the built in music player. It's simple and must importantly sounds great right out of the box.

Armadillo, the other white meat.

enord1321 says:

I use Folder Player, I don't stream much music, I have most of the music I want on my sd card, organized into different folders.

dj5150 says:

I use N7 Player. Always works well for me.

jeeprider74 says:

Love love Z player and wouldn't change. Can't find a better easier player to use.

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I've tried several, currently using Poweramp &/or Player Pro. What I'd REALLY like to find in a player is one with larger control buttons. Not just the ability to use larger fonts for my middle aged eyes, but LARGE buttons for my fat middle aged fingers.

MysteryE says:

Cmon man, try and review Neutron. The sound quality is the best out there!

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jakedsnake says:

Neutron's sound quality is good, but the interface is just horrible. I'll use other music players until Neutron decides to fix that.

Robbie Khan says:

Local playback is certainly not dead. I don't want to upload all my music (mix of v0 mp3 and flac) to Google Music and have it convert to mp3 320. I also don't want to have to only cache a portion for offline use, I want access to it all everywhere I go even when offline.

To that end the 128GB SDXC card is what I have and use PowerAmp.

Just a shame PowerAmp STILL does not read standard star ratings so my PC syncd music lacks ratings unless I manually do them in PowerAmp.

Have yet to find a player as robust but with ratings reading :/

BK Phil says:

+1 on the local music. A lot of what I listen to isn't on any music service, and even if it was, I spend 90% of my listening underground with no signal.

And a heartfelt +1 on ratings, too. iSyncr + iTunes probably worked, but ... you know, iTunes. Apparently the new MusicMonkey android app will do it as well, but for vague reasons I just can't get on board with the desktop app.

Disturbd1 says:

This.

hakujin says:

not only is local playback NOT dead, but suggesting otherwise seems bananas to me! maybe victims of powerful e-marketing?

'access your music anywhere' -- or you mean a 15GB subset of music, only where ever there is decent 3G/4G coverage (certainly not everywhere even in the country where u have service and costly to access when traveling abroad); music combed through by a company which prides itself on it's data mining capabilities (how is this a plus?!); and lastly to the detriment of battery life. Yeah... what's not to like about cloud... huh?!

if one has all their music in one place, say... mobile phone and then maybe at home, WHY would you want the music on any other device? Now that Sandisk has released the 128GB MicroSD, pffffft... cloud music can eat sh1t as far as i'm concerned; all the selling points of cloud to me are nonsense save a few limited piratical uses of dropbox/good drive et al. Cloud music storage is nothing more than a con by the shark conglomerate tech marketing companies to keep track of you, lol

Sheep, taking the bait of an intrinsically worthless service.

Anyway, picking a player is tough. PlayerPro was my go to, but it's memory leaks and lack of updates have proven unbearable. PowerAmp's interface in folder view looks terrible on a 4" device in landscape rotation (so much wasted real estate). Then, it seems to miss a slew of my media's embedded artwork, but neither are the worse problem. The worst problem (like so many media players) is the inability to sort by album artist. w/o this, any soundtrack, or multi artist album expands into 10+ individual artists that one has to scroll through.

N7 seems kinda neat, but heavy on the resources. Maybe I'll give WinAmp a whirl again.

phdutton says:

What about a media player which specifically does NOT have an EQ in it?
As a mastering engineer there is little more annoying than having the life and bite taken out of a song by a poor piece of DSP. I'm used to using (well mainly analogue EQs, but...) digital EQ's which cost thousands, and still not always happy with how they sound. So a $1 EQ is going to sound frankly awful and do far more harm to the sound than help.
Are there any which just play the music without any "effects" or "enhancements" at all?

Disturbd1 says:

Any app you use on an Android that comes with a built-in EQ will also allow you to bypass it, and listen to the music in an "untainted" state, if you so desire.

aduncus says:

Just set google play music to communicate with Viper for android. You'll get what you wish for. Just my 2 cents though

Jemana Murti says:

walkman is still the best in my opinion

bigdaddytee says:

I tried several apps after the music player app became Google Play Music, because no.
I really liked Rocket Player and paid for the premium. It's simple and it sounds great.

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Iynkata says:

PlayerPro

Jer Rey says:

I agree! The Best Music Player for me.

Cubed (3) is the best by far.

gunnz04 says:

a new one that hasnt gained much traction is Beat. Search it on play, it also has ability to stream from cloud storage. top app for me.

Disturbd1 says:

PowerAmp Pro, all day, urrrday. I've tried just about every recommended player out there, and the equalizer in this app is unrivaled.

Joseph Bejm says:

It socks. Did you tried with External SD Card?

Jay Shank says:

I use Xperia Walkman app(Latest version from Z2) across all my devices...simple..elegant

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My fav: ZPlayer. Had it for 4 years best of all. The best parts are; doesn't muffle the music like others, doesn't change the album art like Winamp, doesn't mess with the internet like Google Play, features bios on the artist.
I am looking for something a bit nicer on the main screen but until then....

ryanmtech says:

I've only seen like 2 other people on here mention it... but Spotify is was worth the $10 a month. All the music in the world I want, place them in playlists, then when I'm at home I make the playlist playable offline by downloading all the tracks so when I'm out and about even if my service is bad or if my data cap is running close, no worries.

alizee2 says:

I prefer Inline Music Player

Jer Rey says:

Player Pro is the Best music player. Tried so many music players in the Play Store and i'm impressed when I tried Player Pro.

ATeeluck says:

Wow, Winamp didn't even make the list! Guess I'm a little out of touch with the latest and greatest. Running Poweramp Trial right now. I doubt I'd go with Google Play Music, as I think it's a 15GB limit. My phone's 64GB expansion card is almost full!

pacoinurreta says:

PowerAmp or Apollo (lol) the only 2 I like and that I know can stream over Bluetooth

Schhy says:

I use my stock GS4 music player. Has 14-band equalizer and saves my battery with its mostly black theme. Best there is in my opinion and it's free

emilio pablo says:

poweramp

Debalin Das says:

n7 player, period.

Xajel says:

I used to use PowerAmp before, but after Google Music I converted to it... I think you guys forgot to mention that Google Play Music is the only app that you can use it with Google Cloud Music service...

I hope Google opens up the API so other apps might integrate it, I would love to going back to PowerAmp again with its easy to use UI and feature rich platform !!

Zach Cozad says:

MAVEN Music Player with its incredible 3D sound!

Joseph Bejm says:

Power Amp Socks.
You can use with External SD Card. It's only scans Internal.

qlApps says:

All good picks ! I would like to recommend our new free android application RingIt. You can take your music collection in mp3 and convert it into best ringtones - cutting and looping your mp3 files with high precision. Simple & powerful. If you like it please share it - thanks. RingIt is now available in GooglePlay http://bit.ly/TSoZXj

Nexmusic+ been my go to music player for a long time, it's basically a downloadable version of Apollo Player and it works great

tunewiki, and soundhound

Shanij PS says:

Try IntelliPlay music player which has some magic gesture modes to control the music.
The interface is simple,awesome and cool...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shanij.intelliplay

Steve Q says:

The one thing that is missing from all of these is one that I want - a counter of where I am in the playlist or folder - "10 of 32". I use JetAudio Plus, mostly because it has that in the display. Silly reason, but it was important at the time I was deciding on a player.

Tom42 says:

Rocket Player because iTunes sync.

knishknosh says:

I like Music Player (Remix). Great UI, easy to use, lots of useful features, sleep timer, album art retriever, lyrics display, and more. Check it out.

jm719 says:

TEMPO ADJUST:
The only player with a useable tempo adjust is Maple. It's good, but not as good as the PC's WinAmp+Pacemaker plugin combo which remembers the tempo of each track.
Rocketplayer paid version has a tempo adjust but is totally unusable because it is buried in the settings under the "audio" tab --- as if you'd want your entire music collection played with the same % change in tempo. I am not aware of any other players that provide tempo adjust - which is critical for dancers and dance instructors, listeners of books and lectures, musicians and music teachers, etc.
PLAYLIST - SONG SHUFFLING:
For playing shuffled song genres, the best I've found is the combination of RocketPlayer with Auto Playlist. What I like is that it will take multiple playlists (e.g. made by Auto Playlist), and shuffle/bounce between the playlists on a song by song basis.
Media Monkey on the PC gives the best control over shuffling between songs - like based on number of stars, genre, etc. Unfortunately, Media Monkey on Android does not have all the playlist versatility found on the PC version. It's worth watching, assuming the android version catches up to the PC version sometime. If this happens, it has the potential to beat the Rocketplayer + Auto Playlist combo.
Media Monkey for Android that had the PC-version capability and that integrated the Pacemaker-Plugin function so that tempo is controllable and stored for each song would be supreme. But we are not there.