The 5 Best Music Apps for Your Android Device

Tina Sieber 22-11-2011

android music appsYour Android device is a great mp3 player, and using some of the amazing apps out there, it can be much more than that. You can access Grooveshark, stream your own music collection from your computer anywhere over the Internet, tune into radio stations worldwide, identify and get lyrics to any song that is playing, and keep track of tour dates of your favorite bands. There is an app to make each of these things happen.



TinyShark is a Grooveshark app for Android. You can search for your favorite music, discover popular songs, queue tunes, and create playlists. This simple app puts the world of music at your fingertips wherever you can access the Internet.

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Do you love Grooveshark and your music? Then you’ll also be interested in this article: Learn How To Control Grooveshark From Anywhere Using Any Device [Chrome] Love Music? Learn How To Control Grooveshark From Anywhere Using Any Device [Chrome] Generally, you can control Grooveshark from its interface, which is in the one tab in the specific browser you used to open it. There are many add-ons and applications out there that let you control... Read More


With AudioGalaxy you can stream music from your computer to your Android device over the Internet for free – and the good features don’t end there. You can create playlists both through the app and the web client. When your present playlist runs out of songs, the AudioGalaxy Genie can play matching songs.

Finally, you can scrobble your plays to, provided your account is linked from your settings page on the AudioGalaxy homepage.


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Before you can stream songs to your mobile, you need to set up AudioGalaxy Helper on your computer. Once your music collection has been indexed, you can stream it to your Android device via AudioGalaxy’s servers.


TuneIn is your portal to thousands of online radio stations worldwide. I use it to listen to my favorite station back in Berlin to catch up on news from home every morning. Apart from music, you can also tune into local events, talk shows, and simply discover something new.

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For a detailed review of TuneIn, have a look at this article: Tune Into TuneIn Online Radio & Listen to Unlimited Music, Sports & Talk Shows.


SoundHound is one of two major music recognition apps for Android. Personally, I prefer it over Shazam due to its functionality and features. Both do a great job at recognizing songs. SoundHound, however, has the nicer interface, provides song lyrics (if available), artist tour dates (if available), list of matching YouTube videos (access via browser) and similar artists. All of this information is provided inside the app, rather than having to open a browser.

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For a thorough comparison of Shazam and SoundHound, check out this article: Shazam vs. SoundHound: Looking For The Perfect Song Identifier Shazam vs. SoundHound: Looking For The Perfect Song Identifier Read More .



Do you love concerts? Then you must put GigBeat onto your Android! The app scans the music on your device or syncs artists from Last.FM or Songkick to show you when your favorite artists are on tour. You can view tour dates based on artists, events, and location. You can also set to be notified of upcoming events or newly added tour dates.

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If you like this app, also have a look at this article: 8 Band & Concert Tracker Websites To Locate Upcoming Shows 8 Band and Concert Tracker Websites to Locate Upcoming Shows Read More .

For more fantastic Android apps, also check out our list of 100 Best Android Apps The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More .


What is your favorite way to listen to music on your Android device?

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  1. Gyroman
    March 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Include poweramp. That's the best music app out there !

  2. Gyroman
    March 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Include poweramp. That's the best music app out there !

  3. Andrija
    April 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    For last ten years I always used Nokia cell phones and I loved very much possibilities with making new folders, genres etc. As I am new on Samsung smartphone, can someone recommend me some similar, or better music app.
    thnx in advance

    • Tina
      April 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Andrija, there are some suggestions below. I think Winamp or DoubleTwist are commong choices.

  4. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

    excellent stuff ....

    • Tina
      February 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Glad you like it.

  5. Luis A Ramos Jr
    November 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I use Cloudskipper for Android to listen to music and it lets me listen to podcasts that i have on laptop. i had doubletwist but it was too big for my phone storage.

    • Tina
      December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Hej Luis,

      thanks for recommending another music player. I will review it for the upcoming article about Android music players. ;) The above post actually wasn't, but funny how everyone seems to have misinterpreted it.

  6. Marc Couture
    November 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    WinAmp for Android is also worthy of mention.

  7. Anonymous
    November 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I would gladly recommend Zimly - it supports both audio and video with clean and intuitive interface. it is on par with doubleTwist(if the app is left in its basic state, when upgraded it DT is wonderful)

    • Tina
      November 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Guess I have to write an article on music players for Android. This one was not about players at all. :)

  8. Taylor Derr
    November 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    what about google music?

    • Tina
      November 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Google Music requires you to purchase music. The apps above don't.
      Besides, it's US only and I'm not in the US and neither are many of our readers.

      • timmyjohnboy
        November 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        You can actually use google Music to play your own music by uploading it to the cloud. This includes music you've already got residing on your computer. You're right though, they just recently opened up an integrated music store as well.

        • Tina
          December 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

          Thanks for the correction, Tim!
          I guess my lack of understanding stems from the fact then that it is US only. I can not install the app, on my Android device it doesn't even show when I search for it.

        • timmyjohnboy
          December 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

          It has to be frustrating google keeping some of their best services in America only. Hopefully they'll open it up soon.

        • Andrew King
          January 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

          Unlike the desktop version, you can download any of your music in the cloud to your phone.  Obviously, this is helpful for those times you plan on being out of the country or just out of service (such as 35k ft in the air).

  9. David Watts
    November 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    No DoubleTwist to be mentioned?  I keep going back to that app everytime I try to switch to something new.  It's well developed and easy to use without any hiccups or BS.  It's still the only music app I can find to work with my cars bluetooth.

    • Tina
      November 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      DoubleTwist is definitely a recommended app! I didn't include it because it's predominantly a music player that relies on you to adding your own music.