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.
PlayerPro Music Player
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.
Music Player wrap-up
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!