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! Please note, if you’re looking for something that plays local music and also streams music, your best bet is Google Play Music.


BlackPlayer

Price: Free / $2.69
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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. It's one of the music player apps worth trying.
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BlackPlayer

jetAudio HD

Price: Free / $3.99 + $2.99
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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. The paid version just removes advertising and adds themes.
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MediaMonkey

Price: Free / $2.49
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MediaMonkey is a bit of a dark horse in the music player apps business. It has a ton of features, including organizational features for things like audiobooks, podcasts, and the ability to sort songs by things like composer (instead of just artist). It also has basic stuff like an equalizer. What makes MediaMonkey a truly unique music player 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.
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MediaMonkey

n7player

Price: Free / $3.49
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n7player is a music player 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, none of the other music player apps look quite like this one does.
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Neutron Music Player

Price: Free / $5.99
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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. The idea is that it helps music sound 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 as their go-to music player app.
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Neutron Music Player


Phonograph

Price: Free / optional donation
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Phonograph is one of the newer music player apps. It bills itself as being simple. lightweight, and easy to use. In most cases, it succeeds. It features a Material Design interface that gives you a good look and feel. You can also change the theme if you want. Along with that, you'll get Last.fm integration, a tag editor, playlist features, a home screen widget, and some other navigation features. It's very simple and a great option for those who just want to listen to their music without anything getting in the way. It's a music player worth trying.
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Phonograph

PlayerPro Music Player

Price: Free / $4.99
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PlayerPro Music Player is another lesser-known 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. You'll also get 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 even supports Hi-Fi music (up to 32-bit, 384kHz). You can demo the app for free before forking out the $4.99.
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PlayerPro Music Player

Poweramp

Price: Free / $3.99
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Poweramp has long been one of the go-to music player apps choices for a lot of Android users. It has a sleek interface with themes that you can download from the Google Play Store. The interface can be too clever for its own good sometimes. It's effective and efficient, though. There are also themes to make it look how you want. 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.
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Poweramp

Pulsar Music Player

Price: Free
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Pulsar is probably the best completely free music player out there right now. The features include beautifully done Material Design, 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 doesn't necessarily mean that it's bad. It's a great option for those looking for something minimal, lightweight, and good looking.
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Pulsar Music Player

Shuttle+ Music Player

Price: Free / $0.99
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Shuttle Music Player is an increasingly popular music player. The developer took some time off from updating the app for a bit. However, it looks like the wheels are turning once again. It's a Material Design laden music player with plenty of options. They include a six band EQ, gapless playback, support for embedded lyrics, tons of themes, Last.fm scrobbling, and more. Those who go pro can also get Chromecast support, ID3 tag editing, folder browsing, and even more theme options. It's excellent for what it is and one of the must-try music player apps.
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Shuttle+ Music Player

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 previously written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!