What’s The Best Music Player For Android?

Posted Mar 28, 2012 at 12:49 am in Threads > Apps & Games

Hey guys.. I want to hear what you think the best Music player for Android is!

Some people love the stock TouchWiz one, or even Google Play Music, and some swear by PowerAMP or WinAMP. There’s the doubleTwist crowd that will not give up their baby, either.

Personally, I can’t leave ol’ Google Play Music, it’s just too perfect. I wish they’d open the API up so other third party apps could use your collection. Imagine PowerAMP with your Google Play Music account … *drool*.

Let me know! What’s the best?

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    I’ve been using Google Music, er, Play Music for months now and can’t really go back to anything else. I’ve got the Google Music manager running and all my music is just always there.

    • Manroth

      Having uploaded all of my music to Google Music, any player on Android that cannot access those is neigh useless to me. It is sad that they haven’t opened the APIs yet for it so that more apps can use it.

      • jamontoast1291

        I’m in the same boat. Not the biggest fan of play music, but it does what I need it to and it’s the only one that works with uploaded songs.

        • Manroth

          I chose Google Music to upload because they count your allotment by “Number of Songs” vs “Size of Songs”

          Where Amazon only provided 5gb of songs, I can upload 20,000 songs to Google Music. I can end up loading a lot more high quality songs to Google Music.

          • jcommaroto

            I’ve already uploaded a great deal to Google Play and knowing that the scan and match feature is coming (for free) in the near future has kept me with the Google Music app. I am sure there are better apps but the cloud storage keeps me there.

    • Hakarune

      I started using Google music when i got my beta invite, haven’t looked back since.

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    This isn’t exactly an app that applies to everyone but lately I’ve been loving using the Sonos app. They’ve updated it a few times (desktop too) and the speakers are just top notch.

  • akeippela

    Poweramp with Voodoo sound for me. I never knew I was an audiophile until I paired those two. Interested to see how the beats in HTC One will do though.

    • bin artyte

      Same. Those 2 really enhances music to a great potential.

      • Jesse

        Just installed this combo. Never knew my Optimus 2x could sound this could. My Fanny Wang’s kinda drain the battery though :s

    • overclockthesun

      Thansk for the Voodoo sound app tip. Never heard of it until now and am enjoying it!

    • Lawrence Li

      I personally think the HTC One stock player with beats produces nicer sound quality……….is it possible that the genuine sound profile in PowerAMP conflicts with the beats audio?

  • heldros

    I have alot of music in Google Play Music so I can’t use anything else

  • Meister_Li

    I recently switched from Play Music back to Poweramp. It now even has ICS Lockscreen Widget support with Cover Art, so there’s really only advantages compared to Play Music.

  • Vitti

    I stick with (Google) Play Music. I don’t keep my songs on my SD anymore, or if I do, it is only some of them. So having ALL my music available is a big deal. Plus it functions pretty good.

  • Ben SImpson

    I have started using 8tracks recently in a bid to stop carrying around an SD card full of music. This way with a reasonable data package on the phone, it frees up the hardware to get on with what it is supposed to be doing. 8tracks also have a great site that works on the computer which saves all your ‘follows’ and ‘likes’ and transfers them to your handset too!
    I also run runtastic a lot of the time when I am using 8tracks which relies on a strong data and GPS connection, neither of which are ever compromised by this. This personally works for me as I have the Huawei Sonic which is pretty low-spec in terms of handsets, but it seems to strike a good balance overall.


  • TheDerekJay

    Don’t forget about PlayerPro. Especially with he DSP add-on.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      PlayerPro was the first Paid app that I bought and I haven’t looked back. I like Play Music a lot. the online collection etc… it has cool features. But PlayerPro with the DSP add-on is as good as my iPod which is my benchmark for portable music.

      (I’m an android guy through and through but I still have my old iPod from my BlackBerry days and I still use it for sound comparison)

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    I use to use 3 aka cubed music player, but since moving on to Google Music player I can’t look back. I will say that I’m not the biggest fan of the UI but I live with it because it’s the only option I have to use access to the Google cloud. If that changes I’m open to other players.


    i use play music.. it has always served me well

  • spazby

    stock google music – already uploaded my library, tough to leave…

  • lawrenceh

    Hard call. But its a straight fight between Google Music, and PowerAmp. PowerAmp wins because of gesture control alone though.

  • nmccart

    Play for my music and Audible for my books.

  • http://sweeterskins.net Lemon

    I’ve been using N7 Player a bit. Pretty nice.


  • Cole Loomis

    On my OG Droid I started using the stock player, but it always had some issues playing my aac files so I started using DoubleTwist. Since then I have just stuck with DoubleTwist. I guess I can try some other ones now.

  • damambt

    Doubletwist is my media player. It’s simple and fast + wifi sync feature is awesome — and since I got it for 10 cents, it can’t be beat (my opinion)

  • theDL

    PlayerPro is by far the best I’ve encountered. Really pretty, really easy to use, several skins to choose from, and great features like custom lockscreens and ICS feature support. Worth every penny.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      All we need is Google Play Music’s API inclusion and we’re golden!

  • Mike

    Player Pro. Simply awesome and stacks of tweaking options. Worth the money.

  • Jack Thakar

    I used several music apps in the past, notably MixZing and UberMusic.
    Eventually, I decided to write my own music app, LimesTone, which I feel has a pretty good mix of features and good design (using the ICS UI on all devices). It’s still in beta, mostly because I’m still actively developing new features. More details here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.alamoapps.music
    Let me know if you try it and you have any suggestions.

    • kwills88

      This is pretty neat, if you change the app icon, and the music controls and allow swipe through screens, this would even be better, but for a first shot this is even worth a purchase.

  • Abideen Mohamed

    Although I have encountered some bugs, Google Music or Play Music, whichever name floats your boat, is my favourite and daily music player. I wish there were some way I could report the bugs. Maybe someone could help me. Certain songs would play very sloooow. The tempo slows down terribly.

  • Stigy

    I use a combination of two music players.

    n7player for all my offline music – the interface and shuffle is the best, better than Play Music. I feel that the shuffle function in the Play Music app is awful and sometimes randomly stops playing songs and I get frustrated. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.n7mobile.nplayer

    For all my streaming music though I use Play Music since I can access my huge library from anywhere.

  • bigrob029

    im torn between Winamp and Play Music… maybe its because im on an older device (still on Froyo), but the google player’s interface isnt the most organized to deal with. i listen to a lot of podcasts and it lumps all of them plus local music and online music together. when i want my local stuff or i want to stream some radio type stuff (shoutcast) it seems easier to just use winamp.

    • LukeT32

      There is a setting to sort by offline and online…

  • orangestrat

    I use Google play music. The only things its missing are remote functions and a play next button. I tried power amp, but it is seriously ugly :(

  • txbluesman

    I like Google Play Music fine. I use it on my phone, computer, google tv, etc. I like not having to store everything on my devices.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I kinda like Touchwiz stock player~ Sometimes it’s rough around the edges but it’s perfect for simple media files.

    • Jonathan Rosen

      I agree

  • KPeter0314

    My biggest issue is that the earphones I use the most are a stereo Bluetooth set and most of the players don’t recognize the controls built in to them so I’ve mostly gone back to the default Google Play. I use a separate player for podcasts so they don’t get lost in the larger library and TuneIn Radio for streaming radio and listening in on local police and fire.

    It would be nice to have them integrated so I might need to go back and check out some of these to see if any recent updates fix the bluetooth issue.

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    I can’t use Google Play Music because it is not available in my country and because I don’t have an unlimited data plan. I’ve tried Winamp for a while, didn’t like it. I’ve used Poweramp until I discovered MortPlayer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.stohelit.folderplayer. It gives me enough options and flexibility, it has a nice interface that supports skins and it is resource-friendly (it can even put a widget on the lockscreen, I personally didn’t use it). I use the HTC radio app when I want to listen to radio.

  • yankeesusa

    I just stick with my stock htc sense music player. Its just a great player. I would use google music but since my 3g data fluctuates so much its always messing up. But about 75% I just use pandora or slacker anyway. Can’t wait to see the next music player on the evo 4g lte.

  • bolanrox

    Mort looks very interesting, will check that out tonight. Vanilla player has promise as well – as a no frills music player.

  • thetrystero

    Love the offline /online sync of play, but missing the homescreen widget. Can’t get poweramp to play nice with it. Doesn’t recognize all my song titles

  • ZzX44

    Meridian is good but on Sammy phones it uses the Mediaserver process which destroys batteries. Works great otherwise.

  • g24indian

    I have used shuffle music player by khannasahab , its simplicity and shuffling methodology makes me not to go for any alternative, it reminds me of my mp3 player.

    try it .. its free

  • androidindia

    playerpro + dsp + beats :D

  • kwills88

    I use cube player, the thing is just pretty and the widgets are my favorite music widgets

  • Sushil

    A new music player “Fusion Music Player” has been recently added in android market. It is completely free and void of advertisements. It has more and almost all features than any other player in android market. UI is superb. really worth trying it.

    • andree

      I just downloaded it yesterday and fell in love with it. Using Fusion as my default music player now.

      • Sushil

        I as one of the developers of “Fusion Music Player” thank you for appreciating it and acknowledging our efforts. Would request you to rate it and provide your comment in android market if you are liking it(in case you missed it :) ). Also we have planned to provide frequent upgrades of “bug fixes” and features. So please do mail us in case you look for any missing feature and also report any bug u get. Thanks again.

        • Santosh

          I am using Lava N400 which come pre installed with Fusion Player. I don’t know if this is a bug. When I restart my player and play the music and go to the equalizer, the equalizer seems to be active (blue) but does not output effect. I have to turn it off (white) and then turn it on again to make it effective. What may be causing this?

      • Sushil

        I as one of the developers of “Fusion Music Player” thank you for appreciating it and acknowledging our efforts. Would request you to rate it and provide your comment in android market if you are liking it(in case you missed it :) ). Also we have planned to provide frequent upgrades of “bug fixes” and features. So please do mail us in case you look for any missing feature and also report any bug u get. Thanks again.

  • Azzoth

    I can’t leave Google Play Music too and nothing’s wrong with it anyway.
    Here is a list of Music Player apps:
    You can also rank your favorite ones.

  • Best Music Player for Android

    PowerAmp has to be one of the best music players for android out there.

    Check out a quick overview of the best music players for android

  • jrc

    I am using “Picus Audio Player” (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.picus.ap.lite) for a while now and i am loving it….what i like about player is quick access to functionality and sound quality. It has real and pure sound effects that can suit many.

  • Ahmed Qadir

    According to AppDigy, the best music player for android is actually PowerAmp. It features a host of powerful abilities such as an equalizer.


    • Jimmy_Jo

      I had PowerAMP for a while and they had too many issues. So I bought PlayerPro. I actually wanted to buy PowerAMP because I thought it had a better equalizer (10 channel vs 5) but when I tried to buy it the purchase wouldn’t go through properly so I cancelled and bought PlayerPro. Once I bought it I notice the DSP Pack **FREE Add-on** which gave me the 10 channel equalizer I was looking for. It has excellent playback and great theme support and widgets as well. Though, since I’m using a JB ROM I just use Android’s native lockscreen widget and notification pull-down to skip tracks etc.

  • theviper21

    I just used the stock one that came with my DINC, but I’ve tried WinAmp and wasn’t impressed. I actually think it had been probably ten years since I’d really used WinAmp, didn’t know they were still around! I don’t think it whips the llama’s butt anymore though.

  • Anil

    Personally I prefer using power amp music player app.
    To know why this music player is best among others read this article once.


  • MitchRapp81

    “BEST” was Winamp, but I’m using Google Music simply because I like having access to alllllllllllllllll my songs…

  • ranwanimator

    I haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon of putting my music in the cloud so for me it’s N7 player. The interface looks great on my tablet as well as my phone and has lock screen controls. Nag-ware version is free, but the paid version is worth it IMO.

  • Casey

    By far the best player is neutron player very powerfull you can’t make it sound bad plus auto correct dsp built in unlike player pro plus a slew of features I make beats with mpa chop samples with sonic chop and play music threw neutron sound like kanye : )

  • lchupacabras

    Z Player.

    Love the interface and the radio/podcast support is quite nice. Comes with plenty of options, nice widgets, and it’s pretty cheap(2.99)! The only thing I wish was better setup was the podcast subscription system.

  • johnfarrell

    I will go with PowerAmp and PlayerPro for the best music app for Android.

  • bruce

    that’s a no brainer. if you care about how your music sounds, you’ll use powerAmp. the separate base and treble, plus a full equalizer, make it hands down preferrable to Google play. I use Google play for a backup for my music, but when you switch between the players, even an idiot could tell the difference in quality

  • Jason

    I’ve been waiting to put my music into the cloud until all this shakes out. I want to use Google Play but hate the interface and the lack of features. I use PowerAmp and love it, but I wish it had integrated podcast management since I listen to a lot of podcasts.

    Right now I use BeyondPod for podcast management and PowerAmp for music and podcast playback. There are rumors that PowerAmp will soon support some cloud services. If that happens, PowerAmp will win this competition hands down.

    • john

      check Euphony music player

  • john
  • veracu

    I like how power amp plays flac.

  • Jim joe

    I use tunewiki and I love it!

  • Alwayzz Gruuvin

    Just got Fusion. Nice features and interface. Looks great. Will keep ya posted

  • Alec Waddelow

    Play Music is my jam

  • Moises Rivera

    I think it’s all about preference. In my case i love Winamp, but you should definitely try them all out and see which one suits you the best.

  • bdub

    I stream most things now via Spotify, etc… but when I’m playing mp3′s I also still prefer the stock Play Music app. While others like poweramp, winamp, etc have some additional features, I just prefer a simpler GUI.

  • gp126904

    I personally use google play music cause I have about 15 gbs of music and storing that much locally is a pain. If you dont like the idea of the cloud then Apollo is a good choice, it is the default player for Cyanogenmod and is now available in the play store.

  • iSpanish

    I would go with Apollo.

  • nath5

    N7player is by far the greatest. The dev is always updating it and the interface is wonderful.

  • tylerfoy

    Winamp is kind of a classic, seems to work half decent on the tablet too.

  • Jschurter

    PlayerPro is my favorite, it has a really nice UI, skins to download, and a great equalizer.

  • chestont

    I love Google Music, but if you are willing to fork the premium price it’s Spotify hands down. Of course that might be more a content thing than music player thing.

  • cainneach

    I like the HTC stock music app, but I do use Doubletwist a lot as well. I love Spotify and ever since using it, stopped listening through anything else.

  • pickledgator

    I’ve always been a fan of the MIUI music app. Though you’ll likely have to be rooted to get that bad boy on there. There may be a nonroot app available in the play store now, but I’m not sure.

    • pickledgator

      Or just suck it up and buy Spotify!

  • 619MattyIce

    Newbie to Google Play Music, I have 2 questions.

    1. If I throw all of my MP3′s in the library is still possible to retrieve them later?

    2. At work the the connection is not the best. If I don’t have one can I still stream music?

    • 1. Yes I believe you can retrieve them

      • oops hit enter too soon
        2. Wifi is the best way to stream, you don’t use your data and it gives the smoothest playback. In Google Music you can save offline that way when you don’t have a signal and/or no wifi you can have something to listen to. I would save offline over a wifi connection. Hope it helps.

  • yurma415

    i’ve been through poweramp, gonemad, and doubletwist, so far i’ve liked gonemad the best. it’s my favorite user interface by far between the four.

    • yurma415

      Ubermusic was the fourth

  • cduran1983

    Give Apollo a try you’ll love it!

  • overclockthesun

    Poweramp baby!

  • BigJJ4455

    PowerAMP by far!! great customizations!!

  • kookeetree

    Been using the stock music player. All I need is a play and next button. lol.

  • Thor997

    I stick with Google Play Music.

  • lephilwld

    UberMusic is nice, for other purposes KoboPlayer and the stock app.

  • rewagner

    Google play hands down for me…I have all my music up on the cloud and can play it and not have to use up storage space

  • crossbred900

    I use Play Music to listen to my 12,000+ songs in the cloud. I wish the instant mixes could be made longer, or continuously play.

  • sylvan

    I keep trying various players, but still find the HTC Sense stock player works the best for me. I’ll try Poweramp based on its strong showing here.

  • eighty5iv

    I use apollo the cyanogenmod music player but they took it off the play store. If you can find the apk in the forums on some websites you should get it.

  • TheStig

    Stock Android music player rocks.

  • Ezy03

    google music!

  • Charlong666

    I used to use WinAMP to sync my playlists to my phone. But ever since I managed to get Google Music to work in Canada, it’s Google Play Music all the way.

    Having my entire collection available to me is just such a plus imho.

  • VerticalCobra

    I used Apollo but now back to Google Music. Available offline (on ext SD card) and online on servers gives me options.

  • spidremann

    I’ve been using a combination of the Amazon mp3 player and Google play. If I could upload music that I purchase from Amazon in my phone to the Google server, I’d be at the Pearly Gates. If Google would incorporate Google Listen (updated, of course) into Play music, THEN I’d be in Heaven!

  • Martyac

    I tend to bounce around with google music/apollo/ and good ol pandora

  • Snjv_S

    I think poweramp offers great customization and good quality sound.
    PowerAmp 4 me :P

  • http://jwtear.blogspot.com/ cutiyar neriman

    Google Play Music IS the best oneç

  • TheStig

    google music!

  • TheStig

    google music for me to!

  • Ezy03

    google music is the best

  • Fiasko

    I also use Google music, simply because it is so easy to synch and use. I’ve tried everything else including Apollo and just couldn’t adapt.

  • KingCrow02

    I live with Google Music

  • ryan003

    My music and podcast needs are pretty simple. I stick with Google Play and CarCast.

  • jonstle

    I like poweramp but I am also a fan of the stock galaxy s3 music player as well.

  • nicotinemind

    Used to use Winamp,but it kept freezing up on me.So I switched to Songbird.

  • BrotherBloat

    PowerAmp hands down over any other player… ! :)

  • Chuck

    Is anyone using MyTunes Music Manager? They advertise that the Pro version can stream from Google Play.

  • sandy105

    i use winamp and stock player
    but on a rooted device ;cyanogenmod -APOLLO rocks .the album art,artist covers and with the dsp inbuilt it is quite awesome.

  • jamal adam

    Can’t live without Play Music.

  • thymeless

    I’ve used Mixzing but am not thrilled with it. I need something not cloud based.

  • riteshjais_93

    I really cannot do away with the stock touchwiz music player available on my galaxy s3..though this being my first and only Samsung phone,I cannot comment on the other stock touchwiz players on the rest of the Samsung devices… though I did try many other players… and one unique one was musixmatch…it provides a beautiful interface especially in the landscape mode with HD album covers which it fetches automatically… plus it even displays the lyrics in both landscape and portrait mode… it definitely deserves a try……

  • amIT29

    I havent tried google play music..but i am sucker for poweramp unlocker…the immense great tweaks and audio control .

  • Dustin Huynh

    I use Touchwiz’s stock music player because it looks clean and it functions pretty well. The only downside is that I haven’t figured out how to close it.. it just comes and goes. You don’t get player controls from the lock screen if you have a lock either. I’m trying out Google Play Music because it actually has lock screen controls. It looks pretty clean, too, but it’s not as smooth as Touchwiz’s player. It doesn’t have the swipe to skip track option, which is a bit disappointing. Winamp looks pretty cluttered and Poweramp isn’t free soo..

  • Maybe

    I love 99M music player. I love its UI, It’s a really nice app with simple navigation and you can share in twitter what music you’re listening!!

  • Jhon Driod
  • Andrew

    I personally think winamp is easier to use and altogether better than poweramp.

  • John

    Hey guys! I’m using a Smart Music Player ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullapp.music.smart ). It is very cool, light with folder browser and it supports remote control which is great for me.

  • Nwemo

    Google play music.

  • SachinBahal

    For the past few months I have been using Now Playing, it has a Google Now-esque to the design of the app and it works pretty well. It looks nice and works well.

    Check it out:

  • nipunali

    when I’m playing mp3′s I also still prefer the stock Play Music app. While others like power amp, winamp, etc have some additional features, I just prefer a simpler GUI. I am sure there are better apps but the cloud storage keeps me there.

  • akash rajgure

    Poweramp & MixZing Music Player are the best mp3 player for Android.
    take a look here..

  • Noel

    QUESTION: if I download music to my android and i link my android with this supposed to be best hdmi cable to my tv. Can i play my songs from my tv??? or do i have to download a special app to download my music ?

  • digvijaya07

    I use Google play music it’s simply awesome

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