The 15 Best Offline Music Player Apps for Android

Are you tired of streaming music? It feels like everyone is talking about how to stream this and how to stream that. Yet while streaming can be convenient, it also eats up your mobile data.

With mobile providers becoming more stingy with data plans and data caps, maybe it’s time we go back to offline music files.

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 offline music player apps for Android, some which you may not have heard about.

Note: Many popular music streaming apps like Spotify and YouTube Music offer the ability to download music for offline playback, but we’re not going to include those here.

The Best Free Offline Music Player Apps for Android


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—and it 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

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: JetAudio (Free)

3. Rocket Player

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 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 Rocket Player Premium for $4 to unlock gapless playback, replay gain, crossfading, tag editing, expanded support for audio formats. and more.

Download: Rocket Player (Free)

4. Phonograph

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: Phonograph (Free)

5. Pixel Player

If you’ve come this far down the list and aren’t satified with 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: Pixel Player (Free)

6. Impulse Music Player

What makes Impulse Music Player different? Maybe it’s the fact that it’s designed to be a gesture-controlled music player, making it perfect for any situation where you’re preoccupied—such as when you’re driving!

In addition to gesture controls, Impulse Music Player supports a number of useful features: 5-band equalizer with bass boost and virtualizer, gapless playback, crossfade, metadata editing, automatic album art downloads, and more.

This music player app is no gimmick. It’s highly functional and definitely worth giving a try.

Download: Impulse Music Player (Free)

7. Shuttle Player

Intuitive and lightweight. That’s what separates Shuttle Player 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 $3 and grants a few extra features: built-in tag editor, folder browsing, Chromecast support, and a few more themes.

Download: Shuttle Player (Free)

8. BlackPlayer

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, and sleep timer.

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 $3, it’s well worth it.

Download: BlackPlayer (Free)

9. DoubleTwist

DoubleTwist has been around for a while (we first reviewed it way back in 2012), and after all this time, it feels a bit outdated in terms of what it offers.

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 $8, which grants AirSync (syncing your music to your PC over Wi-Fi), AirPlay (streaming to devices like Apple TV or Sonos), and a 10-band equalizer.

Download: DoubleTwist (Free)

10. PlayerPro

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, and free complementary plugins.

Download: PlayerPro (Free)

11. Pulsar

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: Pulsar (Free)

The Best Paid Offline Music Player Apps for Android

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 versions with extra features, the following apps only offer limited free trials.

12. n7player

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: n7player ($3.49)

13. Neutron Player

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 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: Neutron Player ($6.99)

14. Poweramp

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—and with a price tag of $4, it’s a pretty darn good value.

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: Poweramp ($3.99)

15. GoneMAD Player

GoneMAD Player is the perfect music app if you love tinkering and customizing every little detail to your heart’s content. 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: GoneMAD Player ($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 it’s more reliable and doesn’t use as much data if you download music instead.

AIMP and Pixel Player are my music apps of choice, but you honestly can’t go wrong with any of the ones on this list. Don’t hesitate to shell out a few dollars to get the premium version of an app if you really like it! And if you’re an audiophile, you might want to consider getting one of these digital audio players to play music without your phone.

By the way, even though most of these music apps have built-in equalizers, the one you choose may not. In that case, you can fall back on one of these sound-boosting equalizer apps for Android. Also, with the right app, you can open your music app automatically when you plug in headphones on Android How to Open Apps When Plugging in Headphones on Android Want to start playing music as soon as you connect headphones to your Android phone? Here are two methods to do just that. Read More .

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    ★ 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 -_

    ★ 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-----!!!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    Its sad that none of these mentioned retro music player

  7. 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 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

  8. 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

    October 26, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Where is vlc?

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

    Folder Music Player

  11. 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. 😉

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

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

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.