While the majority of users today rely on music streaming services to enjoy music on their devices, seldom do people seek a standalone music player for natively stored music files. However, you would be surprised with the amount of people out there that still rely on this method for their music. Luckily, Android developers are aware of this and continue to roll out apps that help you play music stored natively on your smartphone or tablet.
If you haven’t fully made the switch to a streaming service or if you simply like to store files natively, there are plenty of options to choose from. Understandably, these options can get a little daunting as there are so many choices here. We’re going to make your job easier today by listing out five of the best music apps for Android. We’ll include some popular names, while also talking about some little known offerings that offer the same features on board. So let’s have a look.
5 Best Music Apps for Android
This intuitive music player supports formats like MP3, WAV, OGG, and FLAC, so it will play practically anything you throw at it. It comes with a bass boosting option, equalizer, and also the option to use an external equalizer for your music. There’s a sleep timer on board here to make sure the app shuts off on its own after prolonged inactivity. The app also allows you edit the ID3 tags of your songs, artists and albums.
Customization is a key feature here, so you have the ability to change themes at your will. The UI is adaptive and changes depending on the music you currently have playing (album art). The player also supports embedded lyrics with the ability to edit and modify it as per your liking. The developers also have a beta version of the app which will get features faster, although the standard Play Store version is recommended for new users. BlackPlayer is a free download on the Play Store and comes with ads. There are no in-app purchases.
This has been a mainstay among Android music lovers for a long time and with good reason. It comes with a slew of attractive features and multiple equalizer options to enjoy music the way you want to. The standard set of features like bass boost, widgets, as well as a tag editor are present here. The app plays a wide range of music formats including MIDI, which makes it a pretty awesome music player app.
You can even play music from shared folders via Wi-Fi, so you have multiple options to enjoy your music on this app. Further, it can play content if you have a USB flash drive attached to routers over a secure network. As far as features are concerned, this is pretty much the only app you need to have on your device. It’s a free download, but comes with ads on board. There’s a paid version for $3.99 which removes ads and adds more themes. Either option is suitable depending on how you want to enjoy your music. The app is compatible with devices running Android 2.3.3 and higher, thus covering a wide range of smartphones and tablets.
This is an underrated app as it comes with a ton of features that most music player apps don’t offer. You will love this app if you like keeping your music organized along with audiobooks, podcasts and other audio content. One feature I personally like is how it can wirelessly sync music from your computer over Wi-Fi. This is a feature that saves you a lot of time and allows you to access music sans wires.
The app has recently built support for Android Auto, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while on the road. The user interface is pretty simple, and it’s clear that the developers favor function over form. It won’t win any design awards, but all the features work just as mentioned. If you’re looking for a no frills music player app, we highly recommend trying out MediaMonkey. Wi-Fi sync is available as a limited feature for free users although an in-app purchase will instantly unlock it. The app is a free download, and has no ads.
This is one of the few apps that comes with a 32/64-bit audio rendering engine that functions independently of Android. This means the developers have customized the app so that the music sounds best for the users. The app is slightly underrated as we don’t often hear about it when we discuss music player apps. Neutron is capable of sending audio via UPnP/DLNA, Chromecast, with gapless audio, making it the only app to have the honor.
Frankly, the amount of features that Neutron comes with is hard to list down individually, easily making it one of the best music apps out there. It’s a free download on the Play Store, but on a free trial basis for 5 days. Post this, you will be needed to make an in-app purchase worth $5.99. Be sure to check it out.
One of the most powerful music players out there, Poweramp comes with a slew of features that puts it among the best music apps out there. What makes it special is the fact that it supports a ton of themes that can be downloaded from the Play Store. So there’s really no dearth of customization options here for the users.
The app can play formats like mp3, mp4/m4a (incl. alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, and aiff. It also comes with features like tag editing, crossfade, as well as homescreen widgets. It’s a pretty sweet app that has been around for a long time, with millions of satisfied customers. But much like Neutron, the app functions on a free trial basis. You can use the app for 15 days at no cost, but will require an in-app purchase for continued usage beyond the free trial period.