“Every moment has its music”, says one of Sony’s old catchphrases invented to promote the company’s line of Walkman products. It’s one of the few slogans that I find beautiful, because it’s actually true. We saunter, commute, and work with headphones in our ears, hoping that our favourite songs will boost our mood or improve productivity.
Today I’d like to present you with a list of brilliant music player apps for Android. Since I love them almost as much as music itself, you can be sure that the apps are very unique.
Check them out below and let me know which one you like the most.
Google Play Music is the default music player on all new Android smartphones and tablets. It has replaced the old-and-ugly Music app and everyone is thankful for that. The app’s most important feature, apart from ability to play music stored locally, is integration with Google’s own music shop and streaming service.
With Google Play Music, you can browse millions of songs and save them in the device’s memory as well as create custom radio stations and enjoy it without skip limits. While the app itself is free, but for the Google All Access streaming service you’ll have to pay £9.99 per month.
As far as the design and features go, Google Play Music is a simple, yet beautiful app. It blends smoothly with other Google apps and has an intuitive interface in orange-white colour scheme. The player is equipped with handy lockscreen music controls and allows you to create playlists with your favourite songs in addition to browsing music by artist and album.
Remember when Android 5.0 was announced? During the official press conference, Google showed off a Material Design-themed music app with amazing animations and beautiful colours. Unfortunately, it never made its way into the Play Store. But Shuttle Music Player did.
The app is very similar to Google’s vision of the perfect music player app. It comes with a drop dead gorgeous interface that features bold colours, intuitive controls, and smooth transitions. Under the layer of beauty, there’s an impressive list of features, which includes a 6-step equalizer, gapless playback, lyrics support, Last.fm scrobbling, and built-in editor for your music’s metadata.
NexMusic looks and feels very similar to Shuttle Music Player. I think it’s a little bit lighter, but that doesn’t make it any less capable. NexMusic offers a native ID3 tag editor for the songs stored in your device’s memory, equalizer, sleep timer, customizable interface, and neat home screen widgets.
It even has a car mode, which allows you to listen to your favourite tunes without losing focus the road.
This player stands out from the crowd due to its incredibly polished user interface and smoothness. It is elegant and easy to use. Features offered by the free version are rather limited, but doubleTwist Player Pro (available as an in-app purchase) offers great value for money.
In addition to basic functionality you’d expect from a music player, it is equipped with equalizer, high-quality album art downloader, podcast management and wireless music sync with iTunes. Moreover, the app can stream your tunes to numerous compatible devices, such as the Xbox, PlayStation, Sonos audio system and Apple TV.
This is one of the most powerful music players available in the Google Play Store. It is packed with so many features, that it is easy to lose track of them. Poweramp plays all popular media files and offers support for playlists in a variety of formats. There is also a graphical equalizer with custom presets, separate sliders for bass and treble adjustment, dynamic queue, tag editor and built-in Last.fm scrobbler. As far as playback goes, user can apply crossfade effect and set up replay gain. The player can display lyrics thanks to aforementioned integration with musicXmatch.
By default, Poweramp doesn’t look particularly appealing. However, it can be heavily customized with first and third party themes that can be applied not only to colour schemes, but also buttons and backgrounds. For instance, with just a few taps you can give it a modern, Holo-ish look or make it mimic the iOS 7 music player. Themes can be both free and paid. Now playing screen background that adopts the colour dominating in the cover art is a nice little touch, too.
Poweramp offers a free 15-day trial. After that period, you’ll have to pay to continue using it. The full version of the app is quite pricey, but after half a month with it, you probably won’t mind it.
musiXmatch is one of the few music players that can display lyrics. Actually, it was designed with this purpose in mind and other features are just neat additions. The app integrates with your default or third-party player and downloads lyrics for songs in the library. It has, however, interface of its own and allows you to browse songs by artist and album as well as create playlists. Furthermore, musiXmatch supports scrobbling to Last.fm and with a Shazam-like built-in functionality, it can quickly identify that song you’ve once stumbled upon, but can’t recall the title.
If you recommend any other music player apps for Android, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.