10 best music player apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJune 4, 2016
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best music player apps for Android
A lot of folks these days have transferred to some sort of music streaming service like Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, or Apple Music. However, there are those of us left that hang on to our collection of media because streaming isn’t quite good enough yet. If you have your own music collection and the stock music player isn’t doing it for you, then here are our picks for the best music player apps on Android!


blackplayer best music player apps for AndroidBlackPlayer Music Player

[Price: Free / $2.00]
BlackPlayer is a simple, but elegant music player that puts very little between you and your music. It operates on a tab structure and you can customize the tabs to use only the ones that you actually want. On top of that, it has an equalizer, widgets, scrobbling, an ID3 tag editor, no ads, themes, and support for most commonly used music files. It’s delightfully simple and a fantastic option for fans of minimalism. The free version is a little bare bones with the paid version providing far more features.

Get it now on Google Play!

blackplayer best music player apps for Android


google play music best music player apps for androidGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free / $9.99 per month]
Google Play Music is a unique music player in that it’s both a streaming service and a standalone music player. It can read the files on your device and act as a regular player, or you can upload up to 50,000 of your songs to Google Play Music and stream them if you prefer. Of course, it also comes with an optional subscription that gives you access to all the content on Google Play Music. It’s a sublime mixture that allows people to use their existing music as part of the streaming experience. If you’re in the market for both, this is a great option.

Get it now on Google Play!


jetaudio best music player apps for AndroidjetAudio Music Player

[Price: Free / $2.99]
jetAudio is a long time favorite of Android users because it has enough features to be better than most, but still simple enough for everyone to use. This one features a variety of audio enhancements that come as plugins so you can tweak your music experience a little more than usual. On top of that, it comes with an equalizer (complete with 32 presets), simple effects like bass boost, a tag editor, widgets, and even MIDI playback. The free and paid versions are virtually identical with the paid version adding themes and removing advertising.

Get it now on Google Play!


mediamonkey best music player apps for AndroidMediaMonkey

[Price: Free / $3.99]
MediaMonkey is a bit of a dark horse in the music player business. It has a ton of features, including organizational features for things like audiobooks, podcasts, and the ability to sort songs by thigns like composer (instead of just artist). It also has basic stuff like an equalizer. What makes MediaMonkey truly unique is the ability to sync your music library from your computer to your phone (and back) over WiFi. It’s a bit complicated set up, but it’s virtually a one-of-a-kind feature. The interface is simple and the app is an overall solid option.

Get it now on Google Play!

mediamonkey best music player apps for Android


n7player best music player apps for Androidn7player

[Price: Free / $3.31]
n7player is an app that tries to do something a little different and succeeds. Instead of having lists of music sorted in various ways, n7player creates a giant collage style list of your music which you can scroll through and listen to. It also comes with a 10-band equalizer, volume normalization, a tag editor, scrobbling, and plenty of other features. A lot of this is definitely form over function so those looking for more powerful music management may need to look elsewhere. However, if you want something that looks awesome, this works.

Get it now on Google Play!


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neutron best music player apps for androidNeutron Music Player

[Price: Free / $5.99]
Neutron Music Player is another music app that isn’t nearly as popular as it probably should be. It features a 32/64-bit audio rendering engine that is (according to the developers) independent of the Android OS that is supposed to help make your music sound that much better. It also has a lot of other features, including support for more unique file types (flac, MPC, etc), a built-in equalizer, and a host of other “audiophile specific” features. It’s a bit expensive, but many swear by it.

Get it now on Google Play!

neutron music player best music player apps for Android


PlayerPro best music player apps for AndroidPlayerPro Music Player

[Price: Free trial / $4.95]
PlayerPro Music Player is another lesser popular music app that should be getting a little more traffic. It features a good looking interface that makes everything easy to use along with skins that you can download and install for more customization. It also includes support for playing video, a five band equalizer, various audio effects, widgets, and some fun little features like the ability to shake the phone to get it to change tracks. It’s fun to use and looks good.

Get it now on Google Play!

playerpro best music player apps for Android


poweramp best music player apps for AndroidPoweramp

[Price: Free trial / $3.99]
Poweramp has long been the go-to choice for a lot of Android users. It has a sleek interface with themes that you can download from the Google Play Store. The interface takes a little getting used to, but it’s effective and efficient, even if it doesn’t boast much Material Design. It includes many playback features, including gapless playback, crossfade, and it has support for several types of playlists. You’ll also find widgets, tag editing, and more customization settings. It’s a powerful player that seems to strike the right chord with almost everyone.

Get it now on Google Play!


pulsar best music player apps for AndroidPulsar Music Player

[Price: Free]
Pulsar is probably the best completely free music player out there right now. It comes with a design that is heavily inspired by Material Design along with many of the basic features like tag editing, gapless playback, smart playlists, a sleep timer, and Last.fm scrobbling. Puslar also has Chromecast support, which is awesome. It’s not as feature heavy as some of the paid options, but that can be either good or bad depending on what kind of music experience you’re looking for. It’s not bad if your wallet is a little light and there are themes to add a bit of customization.

Get it now on Google Play!

pulsar best music player apps for Android


shuttle best music player apps for AndroidShuttle Music Player

[Price: Free / $1.49]
Shuttle Music Player had been growing steadily for a while. However, the developer took some time off to work on a rebuild of the app and, thus, Shuttle has been a little light on updates for a little while. Currently, it comes with a Material Designed interface, a six band equalizer, support for lyrics, gapless playback, a sleep timer, and customizable widgets. It also comes with quite a few theme options for those who like to make stuff look good. It’s a viable option, but keep an eye out for that rebuild!

Get it now on Google Play!

shuttle best music player apps for Android


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If we missed any of the best music player apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • DeAno Jackson

    The only problem I have with players other than Play Music is that they don’t link to my Google Music account, making them totally useless.

    • JosephHindy

      You bet, that’s why we used only non cloud based apps :-)

      Those are for another day!

    • Guest

      Problem solved with GMusicFS. You can find it over at XDA.

    • Adrian Robinson

      Have you tried GMusicFS? My Google Music library is mounted in Neutron MP.

    • Arturo Raygoza

      HA so much for your cloud

  • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

    I have media plus.

  • PowerAmp rlz!

  • poweramp>wipedata>poweramp>wipedata>poweramp>wipedata… :D

    • luigi

      forever trial version, me included :D :D

  • Neutron Music Player is the Best Sounding Player out of all of them even beats out PowerAmp

    • Adrian Robinson

      Neutron MP never gets any love. If audio quality is important to you, hands down, Neutron MP is the best. With that being said, I would like to see a refreshed UI design. The Pioneer CDJ UI is growing old.

      • JosephHindy

        Neutron was actually really close to making the list. It was 4.5 like sensor, but sensor has like 7000 more reviews :(

        I’ll start doing honorary mentions again because neutron would’ve made it there. Sorry guys!

        • Don’t forget to use “Noozxoide EIZO rewire PRO” with Neutron, combined it sounds even more amazing, even though its not a music player, its a audio modeling processor, I think it deserves a mention as well, it makes the music sound a million times better with it on :)

  • Grimmjow

    The first player, Fusion, is actually made by an Indian phone OEM called Lava. Difference being that unlike Samsung or HTC, they released their music player on the play store.

  • PowerAmp is the best music player ever! one of the reasons I can never leave android

  • Forgot to include Neutron, the _best sounding_ player!

  • i tried couple of them and noticed that player pro actually does the job the best for anyone who has a lot of songs, listed by albums but also listens to a lot of different one hit wonders.it may be a bit uglier than poweramp but its more functional and i think it has better equalizer and more options. would recommend it to everyone

  • Scott Elsdon

    Do any of these allow you to exclude folders from the listings, I’m sick of having my podcasts, etc turning up within albums and artists on poweramp ( or maybe I shoudl RTFM)

  • ray01000101010101

    I prefer double twist where I can skip songs with swipe gesture while driving, and I can stream songs to my Apple TV and syc music with the doubletwist desktop app.

  • luigi

    overall feature Poweramp still rules.
    but I prefer PlayerPro now, its equalizer sounds better than Poweramp.
    will try Neutron next, if they ever fix that ugly interface :D

    • A music player is for listening to music, it doesn’t have to be flashy, and the sound quality you get with neutron is outstanding, worth the ugly UI, and you get used to the UI after awhile anyways.

  • Music Player Remix.

  • Saurabh

    why is ttpod missed out from the list…!!

  • Arsenal™

    Poweramp Kickz AZZ! zPlayer is unique though

  • Garry DeWitt

    >Google’s own Play Music app is one of the best music players on Android.

    speaking as someone who uses it at least once a week, it’s terrible. Sadly I need it to access my google music library.

    • S2556

      hopefully that will change an I/O

  • blarelli

    Poweramp if for no other reason, it is the only one I found that would play all the different formats I could throw at it.

  • Don Mills

    Since there’s no Amarok for android, my vote goes to Songbird.

  • pagaopi

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  • tademao

    tinyurl.com/cnaff79

  • Gustavo

    I am kinda new with Android (jan 13), and I do not enjoy the stock music player because it stops the music whenever I get a notification, maybe it is a setting I activated and haven’t found to undo it, so advice from other users is 100% accepted. I will try the Neutron player as most people here agree it is the best. But, really, if anyone could help me with my issue -above- it would be awesome. Thanks!

    • Neutron is the best Sound Quality wise, but the UI takes sometime getting used too, but once you’ve become used to it, you’ll love the music player

  • tademao

    tinyurl.com/cnaff79

  • Alterac

    I use Winamp, i like the interface and the features. Crossfade, ReplayGain. Its quite a simple interface, and no clutter.

  • I’m glad to see that PlayerPro is included in this list. They update regularly with a large amount of themes and customization options.

  • Mark Rowland

    Yo!!!! Fusion and PowerAmp is the best music player for me Neutron is For 1ghz up like galaxy Y 4.1 version Galaxy Ace2 and Galaxy S 1,2 and S3

  • Carlos Alberto Castillo Oporta
  • jd

    ROCKET PLAYER BEATS THEM ALL HANDS DOWN

  • John

    Hey guys! I’m using a Smart Music Player (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullapp.music.smart). It is very cool, light with folder browser and it supports remote control which is great for me.

  • Youcef

    In my opinion ttpod should not only be on the list but should also be ranked as number one due to its incredible set of features, nothing is missing with it, its user interface is also the best you can have very customizable too, it let’s you have a lockscreen type of interface to switch songs or stop playing them, changing skipping songs etc by double tapping the earplugs button or shaking the device to browse to the next song, in top of that it let’s you download music and lyrics and it’s free, what would you need more than that? Give it a try and you’ll fall in love with it.

  • shahrey

    You forgot to mention the Jet Audio Plus music player..it has a lot of feature that you can get in other music players..

  • filipgai

    hey…i guess i am in the minority here. i want a player that does NOT download album art. i hate having to scroll down through hundreds of album art images to finally be able to select a song. i also don’t like the idea of having my player go out and download stuff. is there a player anyone can recommend that you can inhibit this downloading of album art?

  • andro lover

    If I were you I would consider “Music Folder Player (original)” (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cyberniko.musicFolderPlayer)
    it’s very good when your MP3 TAGs are not good.

    It displays the music by files / folders, it’s free and has a ton of features… a must have for me

  • ben

    Why you didn’t mentioned these apps: http://techzend.com/music-playing-apps-android/

  • Arturo Raygoza

    rocket player is where its at

    • droidtomtom

      I agree, discovered Rocket Player after trying all the players above in the article and in the comments.

  • fredphoesh

    For me it seems WHAT MAKES a great music player of MP3 and other digital media, is it’s ability to bring life to the music by adding Biographies, Reviews, Lyrics, Cover/Fan art. In this day and age, with always connected phones, there is NO excuse for NOT having these valuable additions to the music. When listening to Spotify on my PC and using Spotimote on my phone, I absolutely LOVE having Artist info to read while listening. Other programmes that have this ability are MixZing… though it seems to have been neglected for a while. Mixzing can also play internet radio, and gets album art for each radio track as it plays… Can any of these you recommend do those things?

  • Jakub Vantroba

    Rocket Music Player been my favourite for a while now

  • a671

    And what about nexmusic ? Just simple, beautiful and free ! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.locomain.nexplay

  • _X_

    Samsung Music player is great…. Especially the one on my S5….Google Music is too cluttered!

  • JSo

    Until other music apps can access Google Music and the All Access part of it, I’m stuck with the Google Music app. Not that that’s a bad thing at all.

  • John Jonathan Salud

    Walkman is the best :)

  • heman

    Fusion one of the best music player

  • databoy2k

    Missing Media Monkey. If you use it on your PC (and if you’re not, then you should be), it has wireless sync that allows automatic conversion or any other number of huge benefits. The pair is more than worth the price of admission.

  • ren

    musixmatch’s quite good too imo

  • Paco Inurreta

    Any of these apart from PowerAmp that works with Bluetooth?

  • Wayne Peterkin

    Neutron does have a trial version….

  • Walkman Fan

    These pictures say it all!

  • Marko Man

    Come AA. You don’t know beat music player?

  • Will S.

    Which one has the best music widget?

  • itzvarma

    PowerAMP is THE BEST player, been using it for 3 years now .. it never disappointed me.. with great support and themes .. it simply rocks .. i also love the look and feel of Sony’s walkman player!

  • Łukasz M

    N7Player also has the DLNA/UPNP Chromecast and AirPlay extension (Toaster) and iOS version.

  • Orawate

    MIXZING.You really missed this one.Missed it by far.

  • darwisbong

    poweramp is my choice
    jam tangan pria

  • sdjtv

    What about Apollo?

  • Foxsprout

    If you need something simple, AIMP may be an option. I personally like the sound it produces even though it’s still in beta. Expect a bug…

  • Terence

    I’d like to add that Google Music is quite capable as an offline player too. There is an option that allows you to view and play music “On Device” only making it just as easy to play localy saved music or cloud based music… I love the fact that purchased music is just added to the cloud for listening instead of taking up memory on my phone BUT, I also still have Unlimited Data on Verizon. I could see the cloud becoming a big problem for those who are now restricted…

    Sorry I’m a bit late, hope this helps someone…

  • joseph

    i like musixmatch…neat ui,inbuilt music id and lyrics search,and it allows editing of metadata and cover art…

  • roneyk

    Download Stylish Android Mp3 Player from MickyAppz

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mickyappz.mp3player

  • perro del bien

    I like GoneMAD Music Player. It has many features like 10 band equalizer, it’s compatible with Bluetooth, album art downloader and it’s very customizable. It even runs fine on old hardware.

  • Crutchcorn

    MediaMonkey is a GREAT Music app. (I only wish the interface could be better or themed.) Campanion to my MediaMonkey windows software that helps me organize my 80,000+ music library

  • Sam Scott

    Music Blues(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.musicblues&hl=en) is best music player with ability to download or stream any songs. I just started using it and loving it.. superb app.. everyone must try it.

  • Jack Simmons

    CloudAround? It plays local and cloud music. It has all of the extra metadata like artist art and caching, preaching, offload playback. It looks sick! I asked about FLAC support and they say its coming soon. That’s the one thing its missing for me. Mixzing is pretty good too!

  • DONT

    Music player which specialized on tablet interface = Select! Pro Music Player

  • Da Fuq

    Am I the only one around here who is using VLC player? :D

  • myprecious27

    If you like folder navigation, not tags, Music Folder Player is better than any of those mentioned in the article.

  • Abhijith

    Where is Noozy?? It has got amazing quality, but a sick UI, It should be in the list. Noozy combined with Noozxoide blows out even neutron in terms of audio quality!

  • Michael

    What about NRG Player? It’s free and awesome: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrgreensoft.nrg

  • I Hope This should serve the best for people who are looking for the top Recent Music Players for Android.
    http://patriotpays.com

  • Ramakata Oblonsky

    Unfortunately there are not so much offering for audiophiles, who more interested in quality music than fancy user interface. I found my player as well recently switched to listening mostly DSD files in dff, dsf and also SACD images. So far I found only one player capable to do it, it is Kamerton. However if you know some other player capable to playback DSD encoded music, then share it with me as well.

  • Monk

    There is a 5 day trail version for neutron music player:
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neutroncode.mpeval

  • yankovik

    musixmatch is the best. very modern, easy to use and loaded with features without over complicating stuff unlike the rest of them.

  • Mazen Amr

    musiXmatch the best

  • Carlos Alberto Castillo Oporta
  • Renault fan

    Recently discovered this new one, how awesome does it get!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dualquo.te.carplayer

  • Chet

    DoubleTwist has some of my favorite features (beautiful interface, 2 touch all song shuffle, easy navigation from shuffle to individual album/artist) but it outputs absolutely horrible sound quality (Very low bass, muted mids and heightened treble).

    If you want an equalizer you can give them $9 for their “Pro” package. Either they have no understanding of audio mixing or they deliberately made their free app sound like absolute garbage in order to drive sales. Either way, they won’t see a single cent of my money.

  • Carlos Alberto Castillo Oporta
  • Ankit

    Bitsy Music Player

  • ankit

    Btisy Music Player

  • Faizan Fateh
  • badre zouiri

    what about https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.itconnect.inc.musica&hl=en
    Part streaming music service, part peer-to-peer network, Musica is one of the most unique music app on android. Musica the music listening service is free. There are no restrictions on viewing your location or time.

  • BBunsen

    doubletwist won’t sync via USB on many recent Android devices, so you have to pay to get the wireless function, and Shuffle couldn’t find the music files on my Nexus 5.

  • psychosane

    This one has an interesting way for playing around with playlists (mosic9): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.memosaic.mosic9

  • Brett

    Hey I use a FlipBeats to experience the music. Why these guys are not reviewing it? FlipBeats is the BEST MUSIC PLAYER Ive been using this for almost three months and I love the way it flips the songs… even my friend think its coolll

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hsenid.flipbeats&hl=en

  • Canton

    YYy isnt Flipbeats on the list!!!!! its has an awesome interface:) its super great.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hsenid.flipbeats&hl=en

    • jaydeedoubleyou

      Here’s a word of unsolicited advice, when you spam a comment board with the same repetitive rhetoric throughout you not only run the risk of coming off as a complete tool, discrediting yourself and your comments in the process, but you actually do to the product you’re supporting a disservice through it’s association with your feeble, thinly veiled shotgun approach to marketing and promotion. Instead try posting a short, smart and succinct product pitch focusing your efforts on creating content that is as compelling and engaging as possible and then move on. Less is more Canton. Seriously.

  • Sam Tomy

    Do you need a good music player for Mac? I’m using a free media player, which can play music smoothly. Besides, it can support almost all media categories and formats, including DVD, VideoCD, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, RMVB, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, etc. It can play not only movies, videos, audios but also musics and photos on MacBook Air, Pro, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro, with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. http://www.macblurayplayer.com/mac-media-player.htm

  • DustenDusk

    I’m using Lenovo phone and it has Lenovo Music player preinstalled on it. I have been trying many music player instead, but so far none was as good as lenovo music. It can both play my local music as well as streaming music online. Plus i can even download the mp3 file altogether with lyrics and album art as well. It has function to display lyric on the desktop. There are many sound effects to choose and on top of it, it include cutomizable equalizer, channel balance, bass boost and surround sound. Basically there’s nothing more can i ask from a completely free music player? Simple and feature-rich. You guys should maybe try it out too. Btw, it isn’t available on google play. peace

  • ALPHA

    Musixmatch is good

  • Sheena

    Star Music Player

  • Gia Annabella

    AnyPlayer is one of the best, simple to use
    Apparently new though.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.player.anyplayer

  • Christian C.

    It’s not shuFFle+, it’s shuTTle+.

  • I’ve been using Poweramp for 2 years and it’s the best, that $4 worth it

  • John

    I use VLC Media Player for my music (as well as videos). Works brilliantly (Android, PC, and Linux)!

  • Serhii Pukhov

    What about Daily Songs app? It’s not a common player but it helps to track and listen new music releases.
    It’s in active development phase and I’ll be glad to hear some feedbacks)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pushock.dailysongs

  • Khalil Kitar

    This one is good too : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kkitar.kitar.vibesleeping&hl=en you can stream and download music and relaxing nature sounds for free and mix them together.

  • Tesia Liao

    As far as I know, the best Android music players is listed
    in this tutorial. You can take a look at it.
    http://www.apowersoft.com/top-10-free-music-players-for-android.html

  • Muzigrid

    If you have large number of songs on your mobile
    (like hundreds or thousands!), use Muzigrid . It places all of your music
    folders as well as playlists on a grid. You can give unique icons to them,
    create more playlists and play multiple playlists/folders at a time. Being able
    to access entire set of folders/playlists at once makes it very convenient to
    place songs in appropriate playlist, as opposed to building one playlist at a
    time. It is also loaded with features such as Tag Editor, Equalizer, Crossfader
    and many more!

  • khushi aggarwal

    The Solo Music Player is a newly launched music player on android. It is beautifully designed, fulfilling all your requirements. It is a minimalistic and easy to use music player app.
    A New Soul For Your Music…!!
    check it out…!!!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anjani.solomusicplayer

  • All these players are good but I personally
    like Google Play music more because of its simplicity.

    There is a new simple player called WhatsSong (whatssong.com)
    where you can play as well as see what

    your friends are listening too.. it is quite interesting.

    Download it from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.songsdroid

  • bindiya anjani

    A new music player for android with elegant UI..
    It has all the features one need….
    Solo Music Player
    Try this…https://play.google.com/store/
    Stay musical…

  • Den Watsons

    MyAudioStream has to be mentioned here also. It plays and streams FLAc and all th epopular formats.

  • Shirley Knott

    Pi music player. Very good.

  • Juan Abia

    what about phonograph? I’ve never seen a better looking and overall performing player

    • PromethianKnight

      Wouldn’t fully agree on the performing part though….
      For me it has major scrolling lag and album arts showing only a black screen (which is fixed by rotating the phone multiple times… for some reason xD)
      But definitely looks great and is feature packed…

      • Juan Abia

        Sorry to hear that, however I haven’t noticed any issues on my Oneplus One. Now I also remember that it’s still in Beta and that might be the reason why it’s not on the list…

        • PromethianKnight

          Probably yeah…
          I’ll give it a shot later down the line when they iron out the kinks..

  • Squall88uk

    AIMP is my music player of choice both on Android and on PC

  • Jonathan Precise

    No one has Phonograph here yet?

    • Eleazar Parham

      I was thinking the same thing. I figured it was gonna be in the article.

  • Erik Vianna

    Poweramp since my Xperia Arc S when Walman App was failing to update the new music list I transfered to the phone, been using it since, it just works, has a nice interface and is certainly glitch free, the feedback using headphones is really great to have.This APP has been with me for so long I feel naked with it.The equalizer is also quite powerful. Anything other than it feels a bit too bloated and confusing to me and I mostly listen to music on Android while walking or driving.

  • MrcheGuev

    I had mostly all of the apps you quoted and i totaly recommand the Google play music app wich is for me the best one when you look for the material design and love the Android Rom purposed by Google (i don’t like the “stock” calling of it ) like i have on my Motorola moto X play (yes it’s not totaly pure ,but you got my meaning).Plus the app is simple to manage with easy access to everything needed.

    • Chris

      Material. Design makes nerds wet themselves

  • vmxr

    sony music app is enough for me

  • Chris

    Spotify or nothing

  • Ayaorei

    musixmax?

    • vmxr

      never heard of musixmax link ?

  • Kunal Narang

    Phonograph, come on man!

  • Tal M. Goren

    Don’t care what you say, Poweramp is the best player.

  • yungqb7

    No love for phonograph?

  • fijisiv

    Love me some PlayerPro. It supports gestures and has big interface elements (play, ffwd, rwd, etc.) that make it perfect for streaming music while you’re in the car. Also auto-start on BT connect is just icing.

  • What about Phonograph? Delete this article. Its a waste of time.

  • Prasanna V

    This list is bullshit, shuttle music crap over poweramp you gotta be kidding me and +you didn’t even mention phonograph, ffs that music player is so well designed and works flawlessly.

    • Tim Malseed

      Whats wrong with Shuttle?!

      • Prasanna V

        It’s not as good as poweramp

        • Prasanna V

          Nothing wrong with it, but definitely not worth over poweramp.

    • Captain Jack

      He made this list according to his preferences I guess and the preferences differ.

  • fredphoesh

    Do NONE of the apps offer biography and lyrics and album review of the current album??? That is what makes the difference between same old and something GREAT.

    • Tim Malseed

      Shuttle has artist & album bios, and displays embedded lyrics. Fetching lyrics online is impossible for most players due to licensing restrictions.

  • Alan

    GoneMAD player. Better than Phonograph.

  • Jorge Pasqual

    U are doing a review of the “best” streamers / players and you leave out AUDIALS and AIMP????
    They do not pay…. Do they?????

  • Captain Jack

    Have bought shuttle and it has been the best music player for me. Phonograph was good but since it changed its now playing screen, I don’t like it at all.
    Looking forward to Shuttle redesign.

  • Tim Malseed

    Stoked to see Shuttle make the cut. I’m hard at work, releasing betas for the current version weekly at the moment. Thanks Joe!

  • Prasad

    Phonograph? ??

  • 3rdWorldTechie

    no mention of Rocket Player?

  • baddai

    What about Radsone, it’s a very decent music player imo

  • Sonaal Saha

    This article is a joke, No phonograph. Phonograph is the best looking music player in the google play and works like a dream. I follow JOE HINDY for best apps. Really disappointed.

  • Disgustipated

    Any good player should have Casting support. O love Black And Power but Shuttle has a lot of features and Casting support.

  • Tyler Walker

    None of these even compare to Musixmatch. Seriously, check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Make sure to try their Music ID feature–it shows you the lyrics in real time for a song it JUST identified, and it can fix tags for music in your library. You can also stream from Spotify and YouTube in their app upon searching for songs. The app is highly customizable too. Besides that, it has all the great features of the best players out there.

    • karl brinas

      I have musixmatch and I’ve also tired most of the apps mentioned in the article. So far, musixmatch is the best for me. It’s feature-packed, it’s good-looking, very functional and what’s more is it is all that and it’s free. Fuck trial versions.

    • XML

      they fucked it up with ads

  • Aki I.

    doesnt shuttle+ also have chromecast support? i wish poweramp would add this feature too

  • Marlogne Dela Crüz

    WHAT ABOUT STELLIO?! OFFERS A LOT MORE THAN ANY MUSIC PLAYER OUT THERE! GOOD IU! AMAZING EQUALIZER AND BANDS!

  • shayant sital

    Phonograph FTW!!

  • s3icc0

    PowerAmp is the one … and for those really interested in the “best android player ever” you should go grab the “alpha” version from poweramp forum – on my SGS7 it rocks!
    why I love it the most? – it is the option to pre-set EQ settings separately for different outputs and also folders – then it autmatically outputs the audio as you like anywhere. (e.g. you have techno and classical music on your phone – so for classical the EQ should be different than for techno and my car over BT requires different EQ than my headphones.

  • MisakaWorst

    I’ve been using Power Amp since android 2.3 on my HTC Desire hd years ago, and it’s never let me down.

  • PromethianKnight

    Xperia’s Music (previously known as Walkman which I much preferred :P) is hands down my favourite..
    Loved it back when I had the Xperia S, and now have the latest ported version running on my Galaxy Note 3 :D
    It looks slick, runs smooth, has the best on-the-fly queue feature and MY GOD, the Play/Pause animation is INCREDIBLE!!! xD
    Pulsar is a close second for me…

    • MasterSoup

      I agree. I used it when I had an Xperia Z3 for two weeks, fell in love, and jumped on the port when I got the S6. I’ve tried GPM, Poweramp, and some others, but nothing compares to Sony’s app.

      I’ll t ry some of the ones in the article, but I’m not betting on any taking over.

  • Jorge

    Basically everybody in the comments section wants every music player to be on this list! lol

  • Thomas Paine

    I have wasted LOTS of time looking for a good music player reading articles such as this one. Finally found two that i like, but a lot that i hated. My Strong recommend: Shuttle or DoubleTwist. I’ve tried many of the others listed. Stuck with BlackPlayer for too long, hoping eventually I’d get used to it. Lots of features, but kludgy and a hot mess. Over designed, too complicated, unintuitive, as are several of the others listed. Google Play seemed good at first, but is mostly designed to promote their online music service. Try the two I recommended. They’re both good, but I eventually settled on Shuttle. They both allow easy intuitive editing of Now Playing list. Add to queue, play next, search for other songs by the same artist, or genre… Save Now Playing as playlist, And (important)… All fairly intuitive, and comparatively simple to use.

  • camron mcknight

    Am I the only person on the planet who loves Zplayer

  • Mriganka Chakraborty

    Try the Pi Music Player, you will forget all of these. Crystal clear sound.

  • Jonathan Lucas

    I tried Impulse Music Player. Loved it. It’s new in the market but I can bet it’s gonna grow big. It lets me control songs using gestures so it’s damn easy to skip songs while driving or doing some other task. No need to even look at the f***ing screen.

  • bikeamtn

    In an article discussing audio playback within mobile devices, it would be important to mention the ‘bitrates’ to which audio format the music player supports (will it support a bitrate of 24bit/48kHz for example).

  • Wil Badillo

    Poweramp gets my vote the paid version though

  • rahul r

    Hey Guys. You all can also try and download Play it music player which is the most stylish and user friendly app.

  • Clarence789

    This article is only marginally useful. If you think an app’s feature is “sublime”, you need to get a life. Or stop using the Wired cheat sheet for adjectives. Also, I didn’t like that apps are listed alphabetically.

    On the plus side, the author’s list is a good starting place for the masses. For me, it’s not a lot of help. I’ve been using N7player, chosen for it’s ability to play only MP3s hosted on my phone. I want to know what features an app has, particularly does it have a mode where it works fine in a dead zone or the remote boonies? A player that never streams fills this bill. I wanted to know what besides N7 is good, and didn’t get help.

    Some people are audiophiles; others would never notice if a player had no equalizer. Reviews could help each of us find the right software. These reviews don’t.