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Stream, stream, stream. Everywhere you go, it seems like everyone is talking about how to stream this, how to stream that, how to stream from your PC to your phone Want to Stream Music From Your PC To Wherever You Are? Want to Stream Music From Your PC To Wherever You Are? What's the easiest way to take your entire music library with you, no matter where you go? Read More , etc. And while streaming can be convenient, it can eat up your mobile data How to Prevent Any App from Using Mobile Data on Android How to Prevent Any App from Using Mobile Data on Android Want to limit which apps are connecting to the Internet on your smartphone or tablet? That's easy. Let us show you how. Read More .

And as mobile providers become more stingy with data plans and data caps Why Do Data Caps Exist and How Can You Bypass Them? Why Do Data Caps Exist and How Can You Bypass Them? ISP and mobile data caps are the bane of everyday Internet users. Why do these exist? Are there any ways you can get around them? Here's what we know. Read More , maybe it’s time we think about going back to local music files. No more streaming, at least when we aren’t on Wi-Fi.

But to do this, you’re going to need a good music player app — and for your convenience, we’ve done the research for you. Here are the best music player apps currently available, some which you may not have heard about.

Note: I know that many popular music streaming apps What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? There are a ton of free music-streaming apps for Android, but how are they different and which is your best option? Read More like Spotify and YouTube Music offer the ability to download music for offline playback, but we’re not going to include those here.

Free Music Player Apps

1. AIMP

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4.5 rating from 238,021 reviews.

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At first glance, AIMP looks a bit overly simplistic. Flat interface designs are currently in, but AIMP’s approach feels a bit empty. Maybe that’s the point. This app gets straight to the point: it plays your music and doesn’t muck around with distractions.

It handles nearly all audio file types — including lossy and lossless formats 10 Common Audio Formats Compared: Which One Should You Use? 10 Common Audio Formats Compared: Which One Should You Use? We may all be familiar with MP3, what about AAC, FLAC, OGG, or WMA? Why do so many standards exist? Which ones should you care about and which ones can you ignore? Read More — and it comes with a 10-band equalizer, which is rare to see in free music players. It can also mix multi-channel files to stereo and/or mono. Overall, if you can get past the interface, it’s a solid choice that won’t let you down.

Download Now: AIMP (Free) on the Play Store

2. BlackPlayer

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4.5 rating from 81,767 reviews.

BlackPlayer is the best free music player I’ve ever used. It’s clean, it’s modern, it’s lovely on the eyes, it’s easy to navigate, and it’s packed with features: 5-band equalizer, gapless playback, scrobbling, sleep timer, and no ads!

A premium version does exist, called BlackPlayer EX, which has extra themes, fonts, more settings to tweak, more ways to customize your experience, a visualizer, better sorting, and a first taste of all future features. For just $2, it’s well worth it.

Download Now: BlackPlayer (Free) on the Play Store

3. Phonograph

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4.5 rating from 20,178 reviews.

Phonograph is often considered to be the best-looking music player app, mainly because of the many built-in theme color sets and the fact that the interface colors dynamically change to match the content on the screen.

It’s pretty standard as far as features go, so don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles, but if you just want a simple listening experience that never gets in your way, Phonograph may be the app for you.

Download Now: Phonograph (Free) on the Play Store

4. Pulsar

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4.5 rating from 9,845 reviews.

If you’re using an older device with outdated hardware, a lot of modern apps may frustrate you with lag and choppiness. Well, Pulsar strikes the perfect balance between a gorgeous appearance and lightweight performance.

It comes at a price — a lack of big advanced features — but that doesn’t mean Pulsar is barebones. You still get smart playlists, fast search, gapless playback, and a built-in tag editor that works quite well.

For the 5-band equalizer, bass booster, and reverb features, you’ll need to upgrade to Pulsar Pro for $3.

Download Now: Pulsar (Free) on the Play Store

5. JetAudio

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4.4 rating from 100,971 reviews.

JetAudio comes in both free and premium versions, but you get so much in the free version that most users won’t even need the latter. The only downside is that the free version is supported by ads, but they aren’t intrusive, so they’re tolerable.

Here’s what you get: a 10-band equalizer with 32 presets, lossy and lossless support, effects like reverb and x-bass, playback speed control, automatic gain control, and more.

JetAudio Plus costs $4 and comes with a 20-band equalizer, built-in tag editor, over a dozen widgets, and a few other convenience features.

Download Now: JetAudio (Free) on the Play Store

6. Stellio Player

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4.4 rating from 26,433 reviews.

Three things in particular stick out with Stellio: it has a 12-band equalizer, it supports high-resolution audio playback High-Resolution Audio: The Future of Music or a Scam? High-Resolution Audio: The Future of Music or a Scam? High-Resolution Audio is new and impressive, but does it live up to the hype and excitement? Is it a gimmick? Or even a scam? Read More , and it has a plugin system (which is pretty bare right now but shows promise).

Other than that, it has gapless playback, supports lossy and lossless formats, crossfading, configurable widgets, a sleep timer, and is supported by ads. Get the Stellio Unlocker for $2 to kill the ads.

Download Now: Stellio Player

7. Rocket Player

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4.3 rating from 257,678 reviews.

Simple but effective. Rocket Player has been around for a few years now, and it has come a long way since its inception. A lot of the bugs have been fixed, it performs much smoother now, and the feature set has expanded by a lot.

For free, you get a 5-band equalizer with several presets, over 30 themes, a built-in tag editor, Chromecast support, a sleep timer, a nifty playlist manager, and even support for podcasts 25 of the Best Podcasts for Men 25 of the Best Podcasts for Men Here are 25 of the best podcasts primarily aimed at men. That's not to say no one else can listen to these podcasts, they're just of particular interest to the male of the species. Read More .

Get Rocket Player Premium for $4 to unlock a 10-band equalizer, gapless playback, replay gain, crossfading, and expanded support for audio formats.

Download Now: Rocket Player (Free) on the Play Store

8. DoubleTwist

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4.3 rating from 170,250 reviews.

DoubleTwist has been around for a while (we reviewed it way back in 2012 doubleTwist: A Simple & Clean Music App With Desktop Synchronization [Android] doubleTwist: A Simple & Clean Music App With Desktop Synchronization [Android] Ask anyone what their favorite Android music player is and you’ll get a dozen answers. The worst (or best) part is that each of those answers is perfectly viable. There are so many apps to... Read More ) and now that I’m revisiting it after all this time, it feels a bit outdated in terms of what it offers. Maybe it’s just me.

As a music player, it gets the job done — at least there aren’t any ads, even in the free version — and the interface is quite nice too, but there’s nothing too special about it anymore. It’s still good! It’s just not great anymore.

DoubleTwist Pro is available for $9, which grants AirSync (syncing your music to your PC over Wi-Fi), AirPlay (streaming to devices like Apple TV or Sonos), and a 4-band equalizer (which is junk compared to the other free offerings in this post).

Download Now: DoubleTwist (Free) on the Play Store

9. Shuttle

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4.3 rating from 68,145 reviews.

Intuitive and lightweight. That’s what separates Shuttle from most other music players. It feels smooth and it runs well on older devices, and while there isn’t anything distinctive about the interface, it’s easy enough to use.

Free features include a 6-band equalizer with bass boost, gapless playback, several theme options, a sleep timer, and a few customizable widgets.

Shuttle+ costs just over $1 and grants a few extra features: built-in tag editor, folder browsing, Chromecast support, and a few more themes.

Download Now: Shuttle (Free) on the Play Store

10. Pixel Player

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4.2 rating from 8,172 reviews.

If you’ve come this far down the list and aren’t satified by the “lightweight” options further up, then we recommend giving Pixel Player a try. It’s lesser known, as evidenced by its number of reviews, but it’s pretty darn good.

It only supports basic file formats, but it has a 5-band equalizer with bass boost, gapless playback, a built-in tag editor, and a few options for customization, such as themes and colors.

Most notably, Pixel Player can analyze what you listen to and suggest more music that matches your tastes.

Download Now: Pixel Player (Free) on the Play Store

Paid Music Player Apps

For us, the difference between a “free” and “paid” app is whether the free version can be used indefinitely. While some of the above apps do have paid features, these following apps only offer limited free trials.

11. Neutron Player

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4.6 rating from 9,647 reviews.

Despite its outdated appearance, Neutron Player is one of the best music players out there — indeed, if you’re an audiophile Are You an Audiophile? These 10 Questions Will Reveal the Truth Are You an Audiophile? These 10 Questions Will Reveal the Truth You might think you are an audiophile, but in reality very few music lovers tick all of the necessary boxes. Are you really an audiophile? Or are you just a great pretender? Read More , you’ll immediately recognize that the audio from this app is of utmost quality. It’s professional, one might say.

And that’s what distinguishes Neutron Player: it’s truly the music player for audiophiles. You’ll need to connect your device to a proper set of speakers to hear the difference, of course. It also comes with all the standard premium features you’d expect.

Download Now: Neutron Player ($5.99) on the Play Store

12. Poweramp

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4.5 rating from 1,051,923 reviews.

Poweramp is the only app on this list with over 1 million reviews, and that alone should speak volumes. The free trial lasts for 15 days, after which you’ll need to upgrade — but seeing as how it’s only $1, it’s nothing short of a steal.

Poweramp has everything you’d need in an advanced music player: 10-band equalizer, gapless playback, crossfade, replay gain, a built-in tag editor, fast library scan, along with some other niceties like dynamic queues.

It’s the Honda of music players: it may not be luxurious, but it’s reliable.

Download Now: Poweramp ($0.99) on the Play Store

13. n7player

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4.5 rating from 286,360 reviews.

n7player has a beautifully sleek interface, and at this price point where all competing apps pretty much have the same feature set, the interface could be the one deciding factor. And for that, n7player makes a solid case.

The 10-band equalizer, volume normalization, gapless playback — these things are all great, but n7player’s real selling point is its nuanced approach to organizing your library. Nothing is ever more than a few taps away.

Download Now: n7player ($3.99) on the Play Store

14. PlayerPro

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4.5 rating from 47,460 reviews.

Again, PlayerPro has all of the standard premium music player features, so choosing it comes down to its interface. While most non-Material apps are ugly, PlayerPro’s unique design is both attractive and satisfying to use.

Special convenience features include importing music history and ratings from desktop music players, custom smart playlists, voice search and Google Now integration Use Google Now to Control Third-Party Apps with Your Voice Use Google Now to Control Third-Party Apps with Your Voice Google Now isn't just limited to Google services; in fact, it integrates really well with a bunch of popular apps. Read More , and free complementary plugins.

Download Now: PlayerPro ($4.95)

15. GoneMAD Player

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4.4 rating from 8,852 reviews.

GoneMAD Player is the perfect music app if you love tinkering and customizing every little detail to your heart’s content. Seriously, it has a built-in theme builder and over 250 options that you can tweak. Or choose from over 1,000 preset themes.

Other notable features, on top of the standard premium ones, include an optimized media library that supports 50,000+ songs, two shuffle modes, custom actions on queue completion, custom gestures, and multi-window support on some devices.

Download Now: GoneMAD Player ($3.99) on the Play Store

Which Music App Do You Pick?

Why go with a local music player app? Because not everyone wants to Spotify their music collection Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify is no longer content to just compete with radio, now they're competing with the idea of even owning music. Read More . Streaming is nice, but it’s more reliable if you download music instead The Pros And Cons Of Streaming vs Downloading MP3s The Pros And Cons Of Streaming vs Downloading MP3s I've been a long-time user of streaming music services – from Pandora, to the now defunct online music locker Lala.com, and now as a monthly subscriber to Rdio.com. If you have a computer and a... Read More . Plus, daily streaming can consume a lot of mobile data How to Prevent Any App from Using Mobile Data on Android How to Prevent Any App from Using Mobile Data on Android Want to limit which apps are connecting to the Internet on your smartphone or tablet? That's easy. Let us show you how. Read More .

BlackPlayer is my music app of choice, but you honestly can’t go wrong with any of the ones on this list. And don’t be afraid to shell out a few dollars to get the premium version of an app if you really need it!

What about you? Which Android music app do you like best? Are there any that I missed? Share them in a comment down below! I’d love to hear from you.

  1. Tom Currie
    August 24, 2016 at 12:07 am

    This list is what I've been looking for -- or at least a whole lot closer than 99% of the "Best Music App" lists that I've seen (all of which are all about downloading or streaming).

    I just tried BlackPlayer -- for almost five minutes before uninstalling it. It seemed to work fine, but it lacked just one feature that was a deal breaker for me. I couldn't find any easy way to delete the current track.

    Obviously the reason I'm interested in this particular list is that I keep my music on a good sized SD card in the phone.

    My problem is that I often download one or more albums by an artist or even a genre and load them onto the phone without pre-screening each track. Then when I hear a track that I don't want to keep, I just delete it right then and there. With the basic player that came on the phone this is just two taps if the player is open, one more if I have to open the player. Quick and easy.

    All I really want a player to do is play my music -- 99% of the time I want random play of either my whole library or just one or more selected folders. The random play is where my basic player lets me down, when set to random it mostly plays the entire playlist in alphabetical order by song title which is very annoying when I have more than one artist's cover of the same song title.

    I don't care about any umpteen-band "equalizer" but if I could find a player with an ALC function that would be a plus.

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    Hmmm... I thought I posted this, but I guess when I chose "Log In" after clicking Post, it logged me in without posting it.

    OK, well, two down and thirteen to go. I tried AIMP, but it didn't last as long as BlackPlayer. At least with BlackPlayer I got it to start playing music before I decided it wouldn't do what I want. I never got that far with AIMP. When I loaded BlackPlayer it immediately found my music and was able to start playing right where my basic player left off. When I tried installing AIMP, I needed to tell it where my music was but I couldn't find a simple way to tell it to just play all the tracks in a few subfolders on my SD card. I got it to the SD card and to Music folder, but then it found a bunch of sounds and ringtones and mixed them in with the music tracks. It was easier to just uninstall AIMP than to bother trying to sort through the list.

    Sorry, guys, I'm a dinosaur and both my eyesight and my dexterity are starting to slip, so I don't want to bother fighting with a massive list of checkboxes even on the fairly large screen of an LG G5.

  2. rahulrrr
    August 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Guys. You all can also try and download Play it music player which is the most stylish and user friendly app.
    Link-https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=musicplayer.player&hl=en?

  3. Ashok
    July 9, 2016 at 3:58 am

    You missed LISTENit.....

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks Ashok, I'll check it out.

  4. Dex
    July 9, 2016 at 3:57 am

    I have tried many but PowerAMP is the best for me. All the options and the best full featured widget for the lock screen.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      PowerAmp is tried and true. Can't go wrong with it. :)

  5. spenceram
    July 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    +1 GoneMad

    I have tried everyone of these, including the paid versions. I am super OCD about my music. I use MP3Tag to edit correct id3 tags (album, artist, year, genre, coverart, etc)
    1st requirement: I have a huge library. A lot of my music is compilations, e.g. soundtracks, operas, classical. Which means a lot of different contributing artists vs album artists. If my artist doesn't sort by album artist, my library is an absolute mess.
    2nd requirement: customizaton/visual appearance
    3rd requirement: Chromecast support
    The ONLY player that has met all of these and I keep going back to is GoneMad. Very few of them actually support album artist, which is my biggest requirement of all.
    I use MusicBee on my laptop to sync my music to my phone and as my media player on my PC (no iTunes).
    Based on appearance/UI, PlayerPro wins. Howerver, I don't think they support their own app anymore. I sent them 4 support emails, and got no response.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      GoneMad definitely seems to be a popular choice among power users, thanks for shedding a bit of light on why it's so beloved. It's a shame that PlayerPro's support is lacking. I hope it hasn't been abandoned. Thanks spenceram!

  6. Yann
    July 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I've tried a fair few on this list on my mid-to-low end devices. The only one that consistently gave me good performance was Rocket Player. Not a scientific test -- I never tested for battery life, but it had an extremely snappy interface and not a moment of lag (which couldn't be said for the rest!).

    Definitely a performance champion among the lot, and I've stuck with it since and threw some money at the developer to disable ads. Great program.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Yeah, finding a performant app for lower-spec devices can be tough. I'm using a Moto G so I'm in the same predicament as you, which is one reason why I used Rocket for so long. The ads drove me away though. Maybe I'll switch back and pay to get rid of them. Thanks Yann!

  7. likefun butnot
    July 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Double Twist + Airsync is useful enough to recommend it to other people who don't want to use Play Music to sync music onto their devices, or are stuck in the abyss of iTunes dependency.

    I used to love Wimamp on Android when it would retain its state through app closes, but something changed in the Android permission model and it doesn't do that any longer.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Cool, thanks. I used Winamp for a while but eventually started hating it for some reason, but I don't remember why. Ah well. There are much better players now, including DoubleTwist. :)

  8. Jeff Brown
    July 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Is there a player that is able to cast?

    • Mike Marshall
      July 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      'Music Player (Remix)' is what I use. Nice easy to use, finger-friendly player as well.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hedami.musicplayerremix&hl

    • spenceram
      July 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      I know that GoneMad does. That's what I use.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Hey Jeff. If by cast you mean Chromecast, then both Rocket and Shuttle support it!

    • Jane
      July 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      MyAudioStream, as I know, supports Chromecast.

  9. makeuseof14
    July 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I've been using Rocket Player for many years because I can sync my iTunes library with it using their companion app iSyncr (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=iTunes.Sync.Android). It even syncs with my Mac. DoubleTwist can also sync, but I didn't care for it, for a reason I no longer remember.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Yes, I much prefer Rocket to DoubleTwist. And that's really cool that Rocket and iSyncr are by the same dev team. I never realized that until now, haha. Thanks!

  10. Howard Blair
    July 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I got jetAudio Plus from Amazon (using Amazon Coins), and I like it - I hate media players that depend on a "catalog," so its folder play option was a must, and the equalizer is pretty good.

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Nice, Howard! But what intrigues me most about your comment is the use of Amazon Coins. It's the first time I've seen them mentioned in the wild. :)

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