Google’s own Play Music app is one of the best music players on Android. There are a lot of great things about it — the app is free, offers seamless integration with your Google account, and has a variety of features to increase your audio experience. It’s an all-around great music player, but there are more options on the Google Play Store then simply Play Music. In fact, there are other music players on the Play Store that claim to offer an even better audio experience.
If you’re looking for a great alternative to Google’s Play Music, here are some of the best music player apps for Android.
The first on our list is Fusion Music Player. You’ll notice some similarities to Google’s Play Music app, but it does do a good job at establishing an organized interface with the coveted holo theme. If you don’t like the design of the interface there are three alternative skins you can use: Twilight Sky, Dark Night, and Deep Sea.
You can also stream current popular music on the top charts or SHOUTcast radio. Both are free streaming options, so you won’t have to shell out a dime for this particular app. It’s especially awesome if you don’t have a lot of music on your local storage, though, streaming quality is nowhere near the quality of Pandora or Spotify. In fact, it’s a bit choppy.
Regardless, the focus of Fusion Player isn’t just streaming music, so it’s still a well-built app that does what it sets out to do well. Some of the gesture control options are really cool, such as shake to play or pause your music among other gesture control options.
If you’re interested in the app, you can grab it from the Play Store here.
The n7player attempts to break away from the traditional music players while still offering the same functionality. This particular app comes with a beautiful modernized design, and is loaded with a ton of features, such as an equalizer and tons of customization options. Unlike a lot of other music players, you can download album art too.
n7player is a very well-built music player, and as they always say, you get what you pay for. Case in point, once the trial version of n7player expires you’ll have to shell out $3.49 for the full version of the app. All in all, it’s a great music player for those who don’t mind the lack of a holo design.
Much like the Fusion Player, PlayerPro is a very simplistic music player. It has a decent Gingerbread-like interface, but there are thankfully some other very nice skins available on the Google Play Store for free, which makes the PlayerPro a whole lot better.
PlayerPro really shines when it comes to organization though. You can access your albums, songs, genres, and playlists using the tabs at the top of the app; it’s very compact and easy to access. PlayerPro has a few features too, such as a lock screen widget and a few customization options (i.e. choosing between grid or list layouts).
This is another “you get what you pay for” app, and unlike n7player, there’s no trial version. PlayerPro costs $3.99, and you can get it from the Google Play Store here.
Poweramp is a favorite, and easily one of the most powerful music players on Android. You can mess around with equalizers, sound effects, and much more. It has a beautiful interface, and if things get confusing there’s a hint guide that will tell you what everything does.
Poweramp has a lot of customization, including the ability to change the theme of the music player. Additionally, the app has a lock screen widget, downloadable album art, headset customization, etc. There’s literally an endless amount of features to customize the app to your liking.
Being one of the most powerful music players on Android, this will cost you a few dollars. There is a trial version that you’ll be able to take for a spin though. After that expires, you’ll have to shell out $3.99 to get access to Poweramp again.
If you’re interested in a unique music player, you can purchase Poweramp from the Google Play Store here.
The last music player on our list is Sensor, which is arguably the most unique on this list. Sensor comes with everything you’d find in the other apps on the list, such as the standard music player, an equalizer, etc. The most unique part of the music player is being able to control the music you’re playing device’s sensors.
In example, you can set Sensor to pocket mode, put your phone in your pocket, and if you want to skip a track, simply give your a pocket a smack and it’ll skip to the next track. There are other sensor options as well. There’s one when you can wave your hand across the screen or even punch your table to switch tracks.
It’s really cool how the app is able to take advantage of your device’s sensors like that. Not only does it have cool features like that, but it looks really nice too.
You’d think an app like this would cost a chunk of change, but it’s actually free. If you’re interested, you can grab it from the Google Play Store now.
If you take a gander at our leaderboard, you’ll be able to see how these apps stack up against each other. While all of these music players are really cool and have something unique about them, there’s no bias on our part here, as the leaderboard is based on download numbers and the ratings on the Play Store.
There are at least hundreds of music player apps available on the Google Play Store, which means some really good ones weren’t able to make it to the list. If you think there’s one we should have mentioned, be sure to leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite is!
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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.
You bet, that’s why we used only non cloud based apps :-)
Those are for another day!
Problem solved with GMusicFS. You can find it over at XDA.
Have you tried GMusicFS? My Google Music library is mounted in Neutron MP.
HA so much for your cloud
I have media plus.
forever trial version, me included :D :D
Neutron Music Player is the Best Sounding Player out of all of them even beats out PowerAmp
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.
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 :)
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
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)
You can select individual folders of music in poweramp
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.
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.
why is ttpod missed out from the list…!!
Poweramp Kickz AZZ! zPlayer is unique though
>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.
hopefully that will change an I/O
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.
Since there’s no Amarok for android, my vote goes to Songbird.
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
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.
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
What about DaMusicPlayer … ? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dasoftware.damusicplayer
ROCKET PLAYER BEATS THEM ALL HANDS DOWN
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.
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.
You forgot to mention the Jet Audio Plus music player..it has a lot of feature that you can get in other music players..
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?
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
Why you didn’t mentioned these apps: http://techzend.com/music-playing-apps-android/
rocket player is where its at
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?