10 best music player apps for Android

July 23, 2014
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Music is what feelings sound like and because music inspires so many people, it’s important to get a music player that works well for you. There are hundreds out there and finding the best ones can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Here are the ten best music player apps for Android. If you’re looking for apps that stream music like Spotify or Pandora, check out our music streaming app comparison!


doubleTwistdoubleTwist Music Player

[Price: Free with in app purchases]

Solid is as solid goes.

PROS
  • A capable music player with an up-to-date design.
  • Core app is free (no trial) with premium features being unlocked via in-app purchases.
  • Magic Radio is a subscription music radio service that isn't bad.
  • You can get an optional alarm clock app that integrates directly with doubleTwist.
  • If you subscribe to Magic Radio, you'll also unlock the premium version of the app. That's a win-win if you're into that sort of thing.
CONS
  • Some (not all) of the in app purchases really should've been just included in the core app.
  • Users have been posting some weird bugs. YMMV
  • Because doubleTwist tries to cater to all audiences, there is a certian blandness that comes with trying to make everyone happy.
7.5
doubleTwist is a solid music player with a long running pedigree of excellence. They manage to stay on top of trends like evolving design standards and features. There is even a radio station you can get for a monthly subscription and the in app purchases are simply extra features that other apps would charge a premium for anyway. It’s solid and stable and even comes with an alarm clock add on!
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Equalizer+ MP3 PlayerEqualizer + mp3 Player

[Price: Free / $4.90]

When in doubt, more equalizer!

PROS
  • If you dig equalizers then this is definitely an app to try.
  • The visualization is pretty colorful and enjoyable to watch. Perfect for tablets.
  • As a music player it functions well enough. You select tracks and then it plays tracks.
  • Vintage design is a step away from the norm and frankly, it's refreshing.
  • Allows you to earn points to unlock the full package instead of purchase. That was interesting.
CONS
  • How this app displays your artists and songs could be a little more organized.
  • If you're not into equalizers you're going to hate this app.
  • The developers are trying their best but there are some bugs that users are reporting.
7.0
Equalizer is an MP3 player application that keeps the equalizer prominently displayed at all times so you are always within a few swipes of altering the sound to match your tastes. It’s unique because most music players don’t display their equalizer this prominently. The core app is free but to get all the features you’ll have to fork out $4.90 for the full version.
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Equalizer+


Google Play Music - Android apps Music PlayerGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free]

The official music player of Google.

PROS
  • Competent local music player with a constantly up-to-date design.
  • The real win here is being able to upload your music to Google Play Music and stream it from anywhere (must be done on your computer).
  • The subscription service is among the best music subscription services out there.
  • You can save your online music for offline play if need be.
  • Comes with an integrated music store to add more to your collection.
CONS
  • It focuses more on its online content than your offline content so if you're looking for something that's solely for offline content you'll want to look elsewhere.
  • Some people don't like the newer UI because it is quite busy.
8.0
Google Play Music is Google’s music player. Along with being able to access your local content, you can also upload up to 20,000 songs to the Google Play Music website and have them available to stream at all times. The subscription service is also really good if you happen to be looking for a Pandora replacement or want everything all in one spot.
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Google Play Music


jetAudio music playerjetAudio Music Player

[Price: Free / $3.99 with in app purchases]

More features than you can shake a feature at.

PROS
  • Loads of features, including plugins to help improve audio and a 20-band equalizer.
  • The graphical design is a little dated but it still looks good.
  • There are a lot of features still available in the free version.
  • Pebble compatibility.
CONS
  • It's a paid app with in app purchases.
7.0
jetAudio is the first music player on this list that has a ton of features. More than any regular person will ever use but no one can deny that a big, long feature list always looks really good. You can try it before you buy it which is nice and the interface looks pretty good.
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n7player musicn7player Music Player

[Price: Free / $4.49]

Something a little bit different.

PROS
  • Unique user interface is easy to use and a refreshing change from stagnant boxes.
  • Functions well as a music player and has all the standard music features that you'd want.
  • Old school. Free and paid versions available.
  • High number of supported audio formats.
CONS
  • Music may stutter on mid range, low range, or older devices.
  • Okay so you have access to some features for a 10-day trial period, then those features get locked but the app is still free to use unless you buy the unlocker app or buy via in app purchase. Sound complicated? We thought so.
8.0
n7player is the first music player on this list that tries to think outside the box a little bit. The app’s interface revolves around multi-sized artist or album names and it brings with it a very bold and different design. As a music player it functions as it should and you can use a free version of the app indefinitely. That’s always a win.
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neutron music appsNeutron Music Player

[Price: $5.99]

A solid offering even if it doesn't look that way.

PROS
  • The UI is easy to move around. You'll have no trouble figuring out how to work this one.
  • A metric ton of features, including a 32/64-bit audio processing and DLNA support.
  • It's high rating means most of its customers like that they bought this app.
  • Large number of audio formats supported.
CONS
  • UI is a bit outdated.
  • No trial version available.
8.0
Neutron is among the highest rated apps on our list in the Google Play Store and that means it’s managed to please most of the people who use it. The UI is a bit outdated but the feature list is long and it’s a very solid music app. You’ll have to buy it outright though because there is no trial version available.
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Neutron


PlayerPro iconPlayerPro Music Player

[Price: Free trial / $3.95]

It's been a solid choice for a long time.

PROS
  • UI is simple and easy to use. It doesn't look bad either.
  • Pretty much all of the standard music player features including a large number of supported files.
  • Some out of the box thinking like gesture and shake support along with lock screen widgets and simple tag editing.
  • Trial version available so you can try it before you buy it.
CONS
  • Latest string of updates have broken some things for many people.
  • Interface is geared more toward tablets and phones.
8.0
PlayerPro is another very highly rated music app that a lot of people seem to enjoy. You can demo the features in the trial version before buying it and it comes with a standard, block-based interface with tabs for navigation. With a number of great features and some out-of-the-box stuff available, it’s a solid choice.
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PlayerPro screenshot


Poweramp music playerPoweramp

[Price: Free trial / $3.99]

Among the elite.

PROS
  • All the standard features you'd expect in a music player.
  • Some out of the box stuff like OpenGL-based album art animation, tag editing, 10-band equalizer, and more.
  • There is a high level of customization and theming available, including skins downloadable from the Play Store.
  • Plays most of the popular audio codecs.
CONS
  • A lot of people are having problems with Bluetooth support (right now anyway).
  • If you use custom ROMs, some of the audio processing can be messed up.
8.5
Poweramp is among the elite in the music player genre. It’s the one most people recommend and that’s because it has been a solid music player with a lot of features for a very long time. Its 4.7 rating on the Google Play Store is the best on the list. People trust it and bloggers recommend it.
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Rocket PlayerRocket Music Player

[Price: Free / $3.99]

Modern features packed in a busy interface.

PROS
  • Lots of features and audio codecs support.
  • Chromecast support.
  • Integration with iSyncr lets you use some iTunes features.
  • Some unusual but helpful features like the ability to bookmark your progress in a track (works well for podcasts).
  • Integrated video player.
CONS
  • Even if you can theme it, the interface is still very busy with a lot of small text.
  • Not all features and widgets available for all devices.
8.0
Rocket Music Player is home to one of the busiest interfaces we’ve seen on this list but don’t let that fool you. This app is packed with features, integrates with other apps, and seems to work fairly well. It’s one of the ones our own readers have recommended to us in the comments below. See? We listen. The only big issue is that it’s been removed from the Google Play Store so the Google Play button will actually go the official website where you can download it there.
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Rocket Player


Shuffle+Shuffle+ Music Player

[Price: Free / $0.99]

Simple, yet functional.

PROS
  • Google style interface mimics Google Play Music, which was a good design.
  • Standard features like gapless playback, tag editing, and a 6-band equalizer.
  • Cheaper than most of the competition.
  • Folder whitelisting helps keep your music collection.
  • Developer tells people when features get broken. For instance, tag editing doesn't work on Android 4.4. Heard that from the dev. Transparency matters.
CONS
  • If you need something more loaded with features or theme support, this isn't for you.
  • Some resource-related bugs and force closes on some devices.
8.0
Last and certainly not least on our list is Shuffle+. This music player takes a more simplistic approach and has only the features needed to make it a good music player without any of that other stuff. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of features, though!
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Wrap up

As always, if we’ve missed a great music player, please leave us a comment to let us know!

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