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Best music player apps for Android

Update: New superb Material Design player added

When Apple-to-Android converts tell us about why they switched, the words 'iTunes' and 'oppression' always crop up. The way you consume music on Android is virtually unrestricted, and there are a huge number of music player apps to choose from. So join us in taking a look at the best music player apps for Android.


For my money, the best looking music player available. Phonograph nails Material Design and the UI is silky smooth. You can change the primary and accent colors, letting you add a little personality to the app. There's nothing too flashy here, it just executes everything perfectly. I've honestly not encountered a single problem since I started using it, and does it all with that clam beauty that Android excels at.

Give it a go, and I guarantee you will not be in a rush to uninstall it.

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Phonograph: about as close to perfection as a music player comes. / © ANDROIDPIT
Phonograph Music Player Install on Google Play

Pulsar Music Player

This a gorgeous, Material Design music player that lets you browse your music by folders, albums, genre or artists. It's packed with all the essential features, as well as some more unusual ones, including built-in support, automatic artwork download, built-in tag editing, a variety of themes, and smart playlists.

The free version contains pretty much everything you need for basic use, but a small one-off payment scores you access to the equalizer, additional themes and a bass and reverb booster.

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Pulsar offers a variety of ways to manage and play your music, as well as a host of additional features. / © ANDROIDPIT
Pulsar Music Player Install on Google Play

Shuttle Music Player

Probably the best-looking music app on Android, Shuttle has a good line-up of features, including a six-band equalizer, and automatic downloads for artwork and lyrics. Shuttle also uses scrobbling, which will work out which songs you listen to the most over time, and help tailor playlists to your liking.

If you splash out US$1.75 / £1.10 for the paid version, you get more themes, folder browsing, and even Chromecast support.

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Shuttle looks great, and offers a good array of features including scrobbling and Chromecast support. / © SimpleCity
Shuttle Music Player Install on Google Play


Musixmatch offers something a little different. As well as a sleek, elegant interface for listening to your music, it also comes with the FloatingLyrics widget, which syncs lyrics to music that you listen to, and lets you read lyrics as you're listening to songs on your default music player, Spotify, YouTube, and various other music apps.

You can even type lyrics into the widget and it'll find the matching song on your device. It's this unique widget that makes Musixmatch a real winner.

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The FloatingLyrics widget displays song lyrics in any music player. / © Musixmatch
Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music Install on Google Play

jetAudio Music Player

This is one of the better music players on Android, mainly because of its strong host of tweaks and effects you can add when listening to your music. Plugins include the AM3D Audio Enhancer and Bongiovi DPS, which enhances sound processing in a way that true audio enthusiasts will appreciate.

Pay £3.29 / US$4.99 for the Plus version, and you get a whole load of widgets, viewing options, pitch shifting and much more, making this possibly the most tinkery music player out there.

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JetAudio has a huge amount of sound tweaks, plugins and listening options. / © Team Jet
jetAudio HD Music Player Plus Install on Google Play


This is an all-round media player that handles video and music with equal aplomb. On the music side of things, it has a feature that recognizes your music – even without tags – and matches it up with artwork and lyrics.

This ensures that there will be few blank spaces or generic musical notes when you're browsing your library and admiring the album covers. There is also Mood Player, which automatically creates playlists based on how you tell the app you're feeling, and when you're online, you get further listening recommendations based on your favorite tunes. 

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MixZing has plenty of features that automatically create playlists based on your listening habits. / © MixZing


As one of the most popular music players for Android, Poweramp is a safe bet for your musical needs. Album art and lyrics can be integrated into the player, and it provides an impressive 10-band equalizer to help tweak your sound output. You can even save your EQ presets, allowing you to set up specific ones for specific headphones. 

The only downside is that Poweramp displays the directory names of the songs and albums in your library when you are browsing, which looks untidy.

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Poweramp has themes galore, so you don't have to stick with the default interface. / © ANDROIDPIT
Poweramp Full Version Unlocker Install on Google Play

PlayerPro Music Player

Also hovering around the top of the Android music player app chart is PlayerPro Music Player. Like Poweramp, lyrics and album art can be downloaded and displayed while playing music. There are also different skins, themes and extensions, which you can use with this player to help customize your experience.

Song tags can be edited directly from the app and it even has scrobbling support for sites such as so that you can sync your listening habits. PlayerPro comes with a variety of options for lock screen widgets that provide you with quick access to the music player, and its features are rounded off with smart playlists, which adapt to your listening habits.

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PlayerPro comes with some good lock screen widgets and a ton of personalization options. / © ANDROIDPIT
PlayerPro Music Player Install on Google Play

n7player Music Player

This app offers something a little different; a tag cloud, where artists and song names are displayed on your screen, in varying sizes, depending on how much you listen to them. It looks great, and comes with its own EQ with haptic feedback. Creative, with some interesting use of multi-touch, n7player is definitely worth checking out.

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The unique appearance of the User Interface on the n7player. / © ANDROIDPIT
n7player Music Player Install on Google Play

Rocket Player

Rocket Player is a feature-rich underdog that competes against some of the bigger names and offers various downloadable templates and themes. While the free version gives you a pretty standard batch of options, the £2.49 / US$3.99 Premium version also offers left/right balance control, preamp, and more audio formats.

An extensive search option lets you search across different tags, playlists and composers, and the whole thing feels intuitive and easy to use thanks to a recent Material Design-style update.

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Rocket Player has an interface that'll look right at home on your Android Lollipop phone. / © JRT Studio
Rocket Player : Music Player Install on Google Play

Google Play Music

Google Play Music offers access to a huge online catalog of music. You can stream it if you have a subscription, but the app can also play the music stored in your smartphone library. Google Play Music syncs with your Google account, so your playlists and songs are accessible across multiple devices.

Google Play Music also offers customized recommendations based on your current listening habits and music library, and comes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop Material Design interface.

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You can access a wide range of titles and radio stations on Google Play Music. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Play Music Install on Google Play

What's your favorite music player for Android, and which features do you find most important? Tell us in the comments!



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  • PlayerPro is by far the best. The devs are always making updates with the latest Android features: Android AUTO (I use it in my Car), Chromecast, Nougat/Oreo notifications, material design, 10 band eq and more.

  • Do not install Poweramp if you're running Android 8.1. some of the features are not working and the developer won't fix them until his version 3.0 is done.

  • Dovahkiin 6 months ago Link to comment

    I've been using Impulse Music Player. I mostly listen to music while driving, this player makes it a breeze. I can skip songs without even looking at my phone. It completely works on gestures.
    Also it has ton of options like crossfade, gapless playback, etc for someone who is a music freak but they don't matter much to normal user like me. All in all this is the best music player I've used on android so far.

  • Audials-pro

  • Maulik Mar 6, 2017 Link to comment

    Take a look at Musicolet Music Player.
    It is the lightest music player with tons of features. It is completely free. No ads. No in-app purchase. Yet it gives all the necessary features and quality sound offered by the paid app.

  • if u want a new music player with beautiful interface yet friendly to use, u can try WinBow music player

    it contains separate top 20 and last 20 played tracks so u can play them easily again and again, also u can see artist images and many more

  • Really, you should review Stellio music player app

  • Deezer

  • Deeper

  • Amit Horo Aug 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Stellio music player is best for me

  • The best quality for music player is, to my opinion, sound quality. Seems obvious but often forgotten.
    I was for years with Dfx Audio. Thanks to comments here, I discover Neutron and I immediately uninstalled my paid Dfx Audio Enhancer.
    This is the most complete and sophisticated Audio player I ever used. Just look at features on Google store.
    But with a very ergonomic design. You can access quite every feature from the first page without having to Swype or click like a mad.
    Free and complete for five days
    , then it's 6$. Which is not expensive when, like me, you listen to music on a smartphone (Note 5) from 6 am to 12 pm. A real gem to try absolutely.

  • I like SoundSpot is free and you can download music from youtube, also a great music player => ttps://

  • for me? still BlackPlayer EX,
    but Jetaudio good too.

    • im using jetaudio a few yrs and bought all of its plugins. what would be awesome thou? if we could connect jetaudio to spotify :D

  • I love Impulse Music Player. It's completely gesture controlled so it's damn easy to operate even without looking at screen.

  • Some days late, but.... #PlayerPro

  • Anand M Jun 15, 2016 Link to comment

    music on my SD card is not identified by Google Play Music or even by VLC. any tip to resolve this?

  • I like Stellio Music Player. The paid version is pretty good.

  • I don't often listen to music on my phone, but I have Google Play Music and Spotify, and I like Musixmatch because of the fact that it shows you the lyrics. Sometimes I will love a song but be unsure of certain words in the lyrics, so it's helpful in that regard.

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