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The 15 Best Offline Music Player Apps for Android

Ste Knight Updated 15-05-2020

Are you tired of streaming music? While it’s convenient, streaming also eats up your mobile data and can be a pain if you own lots of digital music.

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    If you’d like to enjoy offline music on your phone, there are plenty of great apps for this purpose. Here are the best offline music player apps for Android, some which you may not know about.

    Note that many popular music streaming apps, such as Spotify and YouTube Music, offer the ability to download music for offline playback. However, we’re not going to include those here, since they’re primarily built around streaming.

    The Best Free Offline Music Player Apps for Android

    You don’t have to pay for a great listening experience. Let’s look at the best free music player apps for Android first.

    1. AIMP

    At first glance, AIMP looks a bit simplistic for a music player. Flat interface designs are currently popular, but AIMP’s approach feels a bit empty. This could be the entire point, though. This app is straightforward: it plays your music and doesn’t mess around with distractions.

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    It handles nearly all audio file types—including lossy and lossless formats—and comes with a 29-band equalizer, which is rare to see in 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: AIMP (Free)

    2. jetAudio HD Music Player

    jetAudio HD offers both free and premium versions of its Android music player. However, you get so much in the free version that most users won’t need to upgrade. The only downside is that the free version is supported by ads, but they aren’t intrusive.

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    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.

    The Plus version comes with a 20-band equalizer, built-in tag editor, over a dozen widgets, and a few other convenience features.

    Download: jetAudio HD Music Player (Free, in-app purchases available) | jetAudio HD Music Player Plus ($3.99)

    3. Rocket Music Player

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    Rocket Music Player has been around for a while and has come a long way since its inception. The developers fixed a lot of bugs, improved performance, and expanded the feature set.

    For free, you get a 10-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.

    Get the premium app to unlock gapless playback, replay gain, crossfading, tag editing, expanded support for audio formats, and more.

    Download: Rocket Music Player (Free, in-app purchases available) | Rocket Player Premium Audio ($3.49)

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    4. Phonograph Music Player

    Phonograph is a great-looking music player app. This is mainly because of the many built-in theme color sets; the interface colors also dynamically change to match the content on-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 music player app for you.

    Download: Phonograph Music Player (Free, in-app purchases available)

    5. Pixel Player

    If you aren’t satisfied with the lighter options discussed so far, we recommend giving Pixel Player a try. It’s not as well-known, but it’s still pretty great.

    While Pixel only supports basic file formats, it has a five-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.

    Pixel+ Music Player is also available. This removes ads and unlocks all features.

    Download: Pixel Player (Free) | Pixel+ ($1.99)

    6. Impulse Music Player

    What makes Impulse Music Player different? It’s designed as a gesture-controlled music player, making it perfect for any situation where you’re preoccupied—such as when cooking or driving.

    In addition to gesture controls, Impulse Music Player supports a number of useful features: five-band equalizer with bass boost and virtualizer, gapless playback, crossfade, metadata editing, automatic album art downloads, and more.

    This music player is no gimmick; it’s highly functional and definitely worth giving a try. Note that for some reason, the free version of the app is listed as “Music Player” on Google Play. The Pro version is called Impulse; both are developed by Appmetric.

    Download: Impulse Music Player (Free) | Impulse Music Player Pro ($1.99)

    7. Shuttle Music Player

    Intuitive and lightweight are the distinctions that Shuttle Music Player enjoys over most other music apps. It feels smooth and runs well on older devices. While there isn’t anything distinctive about the interface, it’s easy enough to use.

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

    Shuttle+ Player grants a few extra features: a built-in tag editor, folder browsing, Chromecast support, and extra themes.

    Download: Shuttle Music Player (Free, in-app purchases available) | Shuttle+ ($1.49)

    8. BlackPlayer

    BlackPlayer is the best free music player we’ve ever used. It’s clean, modern, lovely on the eyes, easy to navigate, and packed with features. You get a five-band equalizer, gapless playback, scrobbling, and sleep timer.

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

    Download: BlackPlayer (Free) | BlackPlayer EX ($3.59)

    9. MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey is a great app for offline listening. It scans your local storage for any music before adding it to the library, so after a quick set-up, you should be good to go. It plays a wide variety of file formats, both lossy and lossless.

    The app has the usual features you’d expect from an offline music player: track editing functions, EQ, multiple navigation modes, and even a sleep timer.

    MediaMonkey Pro allows you to sync via Windows. You can even set up your home computer as a music server, which the mobile app can stream from. Do this at home and you won’t eat up any of your mobile data, as it works over your Wi-Fi network.

    Download: MediaMonkey (Free, in-app purchases available) | MediaMonkey Pro ($4.99)

    10. PlayerPro

    Like most of the apps here, PlayerPro has all the standard premium music player features. Choosing thus comes down to the 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 free plugins.

    Download: PlayerPro Free (Free) | PlayerPro ($3.99)

    11. Pulsar

    If you’re using an older device with outdated hardware, a lot of modern apps may frustrate you with poor performance. 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 five-band equalizer, bass booster, and reverb features, you’ll need to upgrade to Pulsar Pro.

    Download: Pulsar (Free) | Pulsar Pro ($2.99)

    The Best Paid Offline Music Player Apps for Android

    While many free apps offer paid upgrades, a truly free app can be used indefinitely without upgrading. The following apps all require payment to use, aside from free trials.

    12. n7player

    n7player has a beautifully sleek interface. 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, and gapless playback 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: n7player ($3.49, in-app purchases available)

    13. Neutron Player

    Despite its outdated appearance, Neutron Player is one of the best music players available. If you’re an audiophile, you’ll immediately recognize that the audio from this app is of utmost quality.

    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: Neutron Player ($6.99)

    14. Poweramp

    Poweramp’s free trial has over a million reviews, which speaks to its popularity. The free trial lasts for 15 days, after which you’ll need to upgrade.

    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 nice-to-haves like dynamic queues.

    While the app may not be luxurious, it’s reliable.

    Download: Poweramp (Free trial) | Poweramp Full Version Unlocker ($4.99)

    15. GoneMAD Player

    GoneMAD Player is the perfect music app if you love tinkering and customizing every little detail to your heart’s content. It has a built-in theme builder and over 250 options that you can tweak. Or choose from over 1,000 preset themes if you don’t want to tweak it yourself.

    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: GoneMAD Player (Free trial) | GoneMAD Unlocker ($3.99)

    Which Android Music Player App Do You Like Best?

    Not everyone wants to Spotify their music collection. Streaming music can be convenient, but listening to offline music is more reliable and doesn’t use data.

    AIMP and Pixel Player are two of our favorite music apps, but you can’t go wrong with any of the ones here. And if you really like an app, don’t hesitate to spend a few dollars to upgrade.

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    1. bonk
      June 19, 2020 at 4:37 am

      try audiomack

    2. justin
      June 1, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Tried a couple in the list and PlayerPro comes first by far. Clean and simple interface (not overloaded like some other players), Android Auto, Chromecast, smart playlists, video player (I like to be able to play audio+video in a single app). And the options to manger album artwork, artist pictures are amazing. It even grabs genre illustrations for you.

    3. Sarat Bhaswanth
      May 26, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Where is PI music player? After lots of research I came across PI and was very much satisfied.

    4. maxnort
      December 7, 2019 at 4:39 am

      how is it possible that no one speaks of 1by1? is it just that no one likes it? good, because i love it.

    5. Morne Combrink
      September 19, 2019 at 5:46 am

      I can't believe Dub Music Player + Equalizer is not listed? It's way better than any mentioned in this list. Common guys do a proper listing please. This article is called "The Best Free Offline Music Player Apps for Android", not a few selected (or maybe sponsored) apps.

      *Dub Music Player + Equalizer* is a powerful music player for Android with bass booster, music eq, music library, and stunning interface.

      Features:
      ★ Dub Share Feature ★
      Dub Share is a cross-platform music sharing feature powered by Send Anywhere. It lets you share anything you want like multiple songs, albums, artists, folders, genres and even multiple playlists to anyone in the world. You can learn more about Dub Share here -_http://dubmusicplayer.com/dub-share

      ★ Music Eq and Bass Booster★
      Dub Music Player allows you to adjust your sound volume with a five-band equalizer.
      It provides 9 professional music genres presets for your choice, they are Normal,Hip-hop, Rock, Dance, Pop, Latin, Metal, Classical and Flat. User setting as preset also available.

      ★Audio player for all music formats ★
      It supports all popular sound formats such as MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, 3GP, OGG, MIDI etc

      ★ Stunning visual sound spectrum ★
      It has the most awesome music visual with sound spectrum graphic equalizer bars, analog VU meter, circular sound bars and vinyl records turntable at the same time you listening to songs. All the music spectrums bars move according to the audio rhythm. Not just a looping gif.

      ★ Improve Sound Quality - Bass boost & Virtualizer effect ★
      It uses advanced audio decoding technology, the amplifier will improve your audio quality to enjoy the local music, whether it is easy listening, dance, trance, or any music genre of your choice.

      ★ Offline music player ★
      Dub Music Player is an offline music player for Android. It only lets you play local Music files already on your SD card. The app is not a mp3 music downloader.

      ★Other Features of Dub Music Player for Android:
      ✔ Create and edit playlist
      ✔ Browse and play music by songs, artists, albums, playlists, folders and genres
      ✔ 5 really good looking themes
      ✔Easy search function: Search music by songs, artists, and album
      ✔ Simple and effective interface, faithfully showing the visualization of your music played.
      ✔ Background music play (to keep playing your songs while you use other apps, or while your device is in standby mode)
      ✔ 9 predefined presets, based on different music genres
      ✔ Ability to save and delete custom presets
      ✔ Music progress bar for an easy navigation within the song you're listening to
      ✔ Repeat function to keep listening to your song over and over
      ✔ Shuffle function to plays songs in a random order
      ✔ Media volume control
      ✔ Home screen widget
      ✔ Lock screen widget
      ✔ Supports headset / Bluetooth controls for easy listening.
      ✔ Material design interface
      ✔ Edit tags
      ✔ Sleep Timer
      ✔ Set song as ringtone
      ✔ Volume Balance control
      ✔ Loudness enhancer (Only for Android version 4.4 and higher)
      ✔ Crossfade
      ✔ Speed control (Only for Android version 6.0 and higher)
      ✔ Pitch control (Only for Android version 6.0 and higher)

      ★ The available music equalizer presets:
      ✔ Hip Hop
      ✔ Rock
      ✔ Dance
      ✔ Pop
      ✔ Latin
      ✔ Metal
      ✔ Classical
      ✔ Flat
      ✔ Normal
      BEST OF ALL ------This app has no advertisements-----!!!!!

    6. Roy Esnard
      August 13, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      Do any of these shuffle by album? A simple feature that all true music lovers want and you don't mention it AT ALL!

    7. Stars7
      December 5, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Oops, upon further checking, AIMP says that they provide "An ability to repeat playlist", but this may not be a continuous repeat. I'm downloading it to try.

    8. Stars7
      December 5, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Having difficulty finding an android app that will continuously repeat a playlist. I may be overlooking this feature. We desire to listen to our music all day and have plenty of purchased music.

    9. Audiophile
      November 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Its sad that none of these mentioned retro music player
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=code.name.monkey.retromusic

    10. Jet Black
      November 1, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      All these so called best players...not ONE that can sort a library by year the song came out...is that so hard to ask? You can sort by everything else, Genre, Folder, Album, Artist, not by year...SMH.

      • maxnort
        December 7, 2019 at 4:44 am

        look at 1by1. i'm irritated by sort by date, so i always look to make sure it's off; but, hey, if you want it on, there it is. also, vlc android will let you edit and add it as a sort

    11. RW
      November 1, 2018 at 12:40 am

      MD Player !!
      Free, minimalist, looks good and is Android Auto friendly

      Best app that has been overlooked

    12. WILLIAM CALINA
      October 26, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Where is vlc?

    13. Kerem
      October 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Folder Music Player

    14. Max
      October 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Best completely free player: Musicolet
      Best open source player: Vanilla music player
      Best multimedia player (video, audio, streaming): VLC
      You don't need to spend money.

      • Peace Ejenobi
        November 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

        Exactly. Musicolet is the #1 best free completely offline music app. You would hardly find another like it. 😉

      • Free Sound
        May 21, 2020 at 11:08 am

        Musicolet is the best.
        I tried them all, and none of them makes me switch from Musicolet

      • Dave
        May 26, 2020 at 1:33 pm

        Agreed. Musicolet is the best. No ads, no upsells, decent equalizer, lightweight.

    15. Dwayne Ingram
      October 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      I like dub music player. It does everything well and it also has eye candy

    16. Tomáš
      October 15, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      How come that PowerAmp is 14th? It's the best player on the market lol. You can control everything in it, love the design, music output quality, dac. Everything. Bought it back in 2014 and I have no regrets ever since. Literally can't have an Android phone without PowerAmp

    17. ggblbl
      October 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I actually just use VLC...
      I downloaded it to watch movies with, but I found out it works quite well as a music player, too!

    18. revdyn
      October 15, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Poweramp, hands down. I have no affiliation to the company, but I love the app. I installed it when I ripped my 1000+ CD collection to FLAC, and am now a loyal fan. It has a simple interface, but a lot of *useful* features. I use Musicbee on my computer to organize my collection, then play with Poweramp on all my devices.

    19. Jean-Francois Messier
      October 15, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Something I like of PowerAmp is that you can control the Mono/Stereo output of your device right from PowerAmp, as opposed to use the Setup from Android, which is way more complex to access. Sometime I can only listen from one side, but I want to have both left/right together, and mono setting does this. This feature was available before the mono/stereo setting was generally available from Android OS itself.