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Best Music Apps for Android

April 8, 2012

Just like many of you out there, I spend my day rushing from place to place, trying to get a thousand things done at once. Sometimes though, there’s just too much stress. So, I like to make everything better by plugging into some beloved tunes and let the music wash away all the problems. Oh yeah!

Whether it’s riding the subway to work, jogging in the park, or simply chilling at home, music is arguably the best way to help us get into a good mood. If you’re the type that needs to have music on hand at all times, then rest easy, because Android Authority has you covered!

Android offers a multitude of apps dedicated to music lovers, so you can listen to your favorite tunes with just a few taps and swipes. Whether you’re a neat freak who organizes music according to artist, song title, and genre (alphabetically, of course), or you love to shuffle tunes around until you find the perfect song for the moment, Android really offers everything you need to enjoy your music collection.

Let’s go through some of the best Android apps for music lovers.

For many Android lovers out there, Shazam is the app when it comes to music discovery. By playing 10 or so seconds of virtually any son, it connects to the cloud and finds the tune for you. If you’ve never tried it before, you absolutely must do it now. You can simply hold up your Android device to the music and let Shazam work its magic, even going so far as to find lyrics for you. It also allows you to share tags of your favorite music on Facebook and Twitter. If you want to go a step further, you can look up music videos of your songs on YouTube or download the newest tracks from the Amazon MP3 store. Shazam will help you stay up to date on your favorite songs and artists, without ever breaking a sweat. Absolutely awesome!

There are times when even your list of hand-picked songs just won’t make the cut, and you’re looking to have a fresh supply of tunes delivered right to your Android device. Well, with the Digitally Imported Radio app, you will be able to choose from 37 different radio channels, each dedicated to playing the hottest and newest songs from every genre you can imagine. No more shuffling around the songs available on your device for a song you haven’t heard in a while. With Digitally Imported Radio, you’ll be listening to songs you haven’t heard at all!

Have you ever experienced hearing a snippet of a song, then having it stuck in your head for the rest of the day without ever finding out the artist or the song’s title? If you’re anything like me, you try and remember, but often cannot, after the fact. Much in the way Shazam functions above, Soundhound does, too. With SoundHound, you’ll never have to worry about suffering from UIS (Unidentified Song Syndrome) ever again! You can pretty much input anything related to the song into this app — a 4-second snippet, a single line lyric, or even just your own voice humming out the tune of the song — and this great app will identify the song for you. No more searching around on the Internet looking for “that song” ever again! You can identify an unlimited number of songs with the SoundHound, as well as share them on Facebook or Twitter as soon as you find them.

Also, commenters all across this site and the blogosphere claim that this one works much better than Shazam, but we will that for you to decide. Let us know! Both are great to have, though.

There are a lot of people out there who love being meticulous about their song lists, and if you’re one of them, doubleTwist Player is a wise app to have in your arsenal! This great app not only automatically arranges your songs depending on title, artist, and genre, but it can also rank them according to most plays or on their age. Of course, you can arrange the songs according to your own criteria, too. doubleTwist Player also automatically searches for the cover art of the albums online. This function is pure gold, folks.  Download this immediately if you have more than a few hundred songs, and want to be able to organize them in a way that lets you get access to the tunes you crave instantaneously.

Mixzing Media Player is the best app for those who just want to lay back and let their Android device do the heavy lifting (that little device in your hand is actually packing some serious horsepower). Whether you want your song lyrics identified, your cover art found online, or your song lists arranged, this app will definitely do all of the above, and much more. If you’ve ever fallen asleep while listening to music and found your device drained the next day, worry no more, as Mixzing has an auto shutdown feature that turns off the player at a preset time. You can also put your device on music lock so that you won’t accidentally switch tunes or turn off the app while doing those crazy dance moves that you are famous for.

Sometimes, your artistic side just wants to get out, and with the Ringtone Maker, you will be able to get your creative juices flowing. If you’ve ever wanted or customize the ringtones or notifications on your Android device (or create them from scratch), the Ringtone Maker has got you covered. You can customize every component of sound coming out of this app, from the length of the piece, to the sound format, and those subtle nuances, like bass and voice. For customizers of their devices, and for those that don’t like paying for ringtones, this is a must have.

Possibly one of the best known music apps out there, Winamp lets you easily sync up your music to your computer. No worries about being a PC or Mac user here; Winamp is supported by both operating systems. Complete with many song arrangement options and even a device lock player (you can play, pause, or shuffle your music while the device is locked) Winamp delivers full versatility when it comes to usage and features. Seriously recommended for those looking for a different music player.

Sometimes, the best things come in small packages. With the AudioManager widget, you can adjust the volume on your Android device by simply tapping the widget. No need to find that app to adjust your volume settings anymore! You can also customize your AudioManager with dozens of available skins, to give your device a unique look.

Every once in a while, we have to let that musician inside us come out and rock, and with the xPiano Android app, you can do just that. This great app offers ten different virtual instruments, as well as 4 different octaves, so that you can choose what beautiful music to make. It also integrates multitouch controls, and a record and play function. Bust out that inner Mozart now! I guarantee this one is a hoot when you’re with people after a few.

This one is for you aspiring composers and DJs out there – ok – maybe not really. But if you’re hooked on bassy beats, or tippity-tap highs, then you can accelerate onset hearing loss even faster! But more seriously, it’s awesome to be able to tweak your tunes to your liking. You can tweak the music on your Android device with this app, letting you fully customize the sound and quality of your tunes. Whether you love that deep, heart-thumping bass, or you want to tweak according to the 11 stock music presets (such as Rock, Latin or Jazz), the choice is all yours.

So, there you go music lovers! A list of the best music and music-related apps available on Android. Whether you’re waiting in line, cruising your way to work or just chilling at your favorite spots, make sure to let your Android device supply you with your favorite tunes.

Think we’ve missed out on your favorite music app? Let us know in the comments and we will check them out!