I remember when PowerAMP first came out. It was still in the days when most Android apps had a design that looked like it was made for Android 1.5. Then came PowerAMP, which besides being the most advanced music player at the time, was also by far the best looking app in the whole Market. Few other apps or games had that level of polish back then. Since it quickly became popular, I’d like to think that it also inspired better design for other applications later on.

The app has reached over 10 million downloads by now, with close to 150,000 ratings and an excellent 4.5/5.0 rating. Its polished design certainly helped it rise in popularity, but just as important was its comprehensive list of features:

  • plays mp3, mp4/m4a (including alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff (* some wma pro files may require NEON support)
  • 10 band optimized graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets, custom presets
  • separate Bass and Treble adjustment
  • stereo eXpansion, mono mixing, balance
  • crossfade
  • gapless
  • replay gain
  • plays songs from folders and from own library
  • dynamic queue
  • lyrics support, including lyrics search via musiXmatch plugin
  • embed and standalone .cue files support
  • support for m3u, m3u8, pls, wpl playlists
  • OpenGL based cover art animation
  • downloads missing album art
  • 4 configurable widget types
  • configurable lock screen with optional Direct Unlock
  • headset support, automatic Resume on headset and/or BT connection (can be disabled in settings)
  • scrobbling
  • tag editor
  • visual themes, including support for external/3rd party skins
  • fast library scan
  • high level of customization via settings

Since they’ve had a great year, the team is announcing that you can purchase the application for only $1.99 for the next 48 hours (it’s usually $4.99). If the sale is popular and they sell enough copies, they might decide to just keep that low price. You can buy it right now from the Android Market, first get the free trial version, and then the $1.99 paid unlocker.

  • WestIndiesKING

    doesnt play google music songs so its a no go for me. Wish google would release the API so other players could use their music.

    • wonshikee

      Or they should just revamp their app, cuz it sucks balls. I use it as my main music player but it’s crappy.

      • WestIndiesKING

        Its not the best but its definitely not crappy

        • WestOkid

          It does the minimum on everything from UI to player capabilities. No eq, no gapless, no crossfade, no customization, widget with no back button. lol!!! Even then, it looses playlists, drains battery, and has trouble managing local vs cloud storage. By today’s standards it is a crappy player. It’s only positive based on a closed API. If Google insists on not working on this then they should let others give it a shot.

  • Kabvuto76

    When I first installed PowerAMP music player on my Galaxy S2 I immediately shifted my default music player to the PowersAMP. Fantastic music player! Although it was the trial version. But strictly speaking, then I came across MixZing. I shifted my attention to MixZing and I’ve honestly found MixZing to be the best music player on the Android platform. Though the MixZing skin may nit be as attractive as PowerAMP and MixZing may not support WMA files it still beats them all. The sound is just excellent plus the other features on mixZing just makes it exceptional.

    • I agree MixZing is pretty good, too. PlayerPro is not too bad either.

  • Medicci3737

    Sounds more then a add then a article. Used to be the best,but hasn’t kept up with the competition. Needs a major update 2 stay relevant.

    • Medicci3737

      Meant to say, sounds more like a add.

  • paxmos

    I want my $3 back then…Actually, if you consider the currency conversion, I paid more than $4.99…..ITS MY MONEY AND I WANT IT NOW…

  • Binboxer

    I completely disagree with it being ‘the best’. CloudAround is my favorite one at the moment. It doesn’t have all of the flashy equalizers on the side, but I just want a sexy music player that works without bugs. I have even started using CloudAround for streaming from free Dropbox. I might have to upgrade my Dropbox though, it will give me more space. I think CloudAround and Mixing are the best!

  • Another music player plays mp3, mp4/m4a (including alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff (* some wma pro files may require NEON support)