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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. Some of you may have your own music collection and don't want to stream anything. Here are our favorite music player apps for Android.

1. Phonograph

For my money, this is 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.

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Phonograph: about as close to perfection as a music player comes. / © NextPit

2. 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

3. 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.


4. Poweramp

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. 

Poweramp is a great app with lots of customization features / © NextPit

5. Google Play Music

Finally, if you want a good all-rounder that streams music too, 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.

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Google Play Music is the best all-rounder for both streaming and storing your collection / © NextPit

Alternatively, if you'd just rather stream your music and have everything in one app, you can check out our list of the best music streaming apps for Android.

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

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Scott Adam Gordon

Scott Adam Gordon

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes much of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. His current aim is to write cool things about Android. And he loves it.

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  • 5
    Madhav Sharma Feb 24, 2020 Link to comment

    Need a music player with lyrics too. Is there any?

  • 1
    gurumahesh1979 Dec 20, 2019 Link to comment

    Nice List!
    You can also try Muzike. Best and latest music player,
    Create your own fusion play list

  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Aug 14, 2019 Link to comment

    Think I commented on this article last year...

    Without hesitation I would say that Playerpro is by far the best music player app - the developer has been producing great apps since the early days of mobile applications specifically with S60 Symbian OS.
    Playerpro has excellent sound quality great features including Android Auto & Chromcast, as well as expected features (Lyrics/ID3 edit /album-artist picture/full screen widget/).
    Would happily recommend this to anyone who loves listening to music via their smartphone.

    Peace 🖖


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    Vijay Aug 14, 2019 Link to comment

    Google play music works for me. Fewer apps installed the better.

  • marco sarli 39
    marco sarli
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    Aug 14, 2019 Link to comment

    I agree with AIMP being a very good player

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    Zaxx Feb 20, 2019 Link to comment

    Jet Pro & PowerAmp are the best. Btw...Jet is $3.99 not 4.99. Rock on!

  • GrimJimCrowley 14
    GrimJimCrowley May 15, 2018 Link to comment

    I don't keep much music downloaded to my phone, so the only one I use anymore is Google Play.

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    Ivan C. May 14, 2018 Link to comment

    Jetaudio is my favorite music player and Onkyo HF Player is next.


  • Sergey Timofeyev 1
    Sergey Timofeyev May 13, 2018 Link to comment

    You realy should try AIMP. This is very oldschool player. Looks like good old WinAmp for Android.

  • 9
    obol2 May 13, 2018 Link to comment

    You forgot to include Retro Music Player

  • 3
    Ranveer May 11, 2018 Link to comment

    were all these players available for free? Suggest me one which offers more feature in free version itself

  • 26
    Andrew Burgin May 10, 2018 Link to comment

    PlayerPro as been the Best Music Application i have used since joining Android,so easy to set up and use,plus there best offer it does offer a"Exit" button so you know its not running in the background and not battery draining my phones

    Mark G.

  • Joey Sasa 2
    Joey Sasa Feb 3, 2018 Link to comment

    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.

    Mark G.

  • Blain Larsen 2
    Blain Larsen Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    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 5
    Dovahkiin Aug 29, 2017 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.

  • Andrew Albano 6
    Andrew Albano Aug 27, 2017 Link to comment


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    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.

    Maksim NekoMaulik

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      Maksim Neko Jul 2, 2022 Link to comment

      Thanks man! It's really lightweight, runs smoothly on my old phone.

  • Anunay Anu 1
    Anunay Anu Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

    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

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    Radu-Mihai Branzei Nov 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Really, you should review Stellio music player app

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