The Best Music Players for iPhone and iPad

Because every moment has its music, it’s good to have your most liked songs in your pocket. Chances are your iPod is long gone and now you’re using an iPhone to listen to favourite music.

iTunes app has everything you’d expect from a music app, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. If you do not like how it looks and works, you can easily swap it for one of the alternative apps available in the AppStore.

Below you will find a list of 8 remarkable music players for iOS. I’ve selected them with quality and features in mind, hoping that they will take your listening experience to a whole new level or at least make your favourite tunes sound better than ever before.

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Note: Apps are in no particular order


Spotify is probably the most popular music app after the standard music app that comes with every iOS device. But it’s easy to see why.

If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what Spotify is, it lets you stream an unlimited amount of songs for just one fixed fee every month. You can also save however many tracks for offline use depending on how much storage you have available.


Often regarded as the most beautiful music player app on iOS, Ecoute comes with a clean and elegant interface that revolves around gestures to help you easily control your music. The app can play songs stored in your music library and connect to Twitter, Facebook, and

Ecoute offers many useful features. “Shuffle all”, now playing queue, lyrics support, and filters are just to name a few. 

Groove: Smart Music Player

Groove is a smart music player built for aspiring DJs. It uses numerous taste-learning algorithms to figure your your music preferences and recommend songs that you may like. It also can help you organize your music library and quickly put together a perfect mix that will rock people on the dancefloor.

The app relies on gestures for navigation and can connect with iTunes Match and Apple TV as well as various AirPlay-enabled speakers and accessories.

Google Play Music

Google built a pretty decent application for listening to music. Many Android users picked it as their favourite music player, because of its simple interface, intuitivity, and access to Google’s services.

It looks and feels very similar on iOS, where its orange-coloured interface makes it stand out. Google Play Music lets you listen to your songs saved locally or in the cloud and listen to thousands of online radio playlists.


I remember the day when I discovered CarTunes and how impressed I was by it. A few years have passed, but CarTunes aged very little. Its gesture-based interface designed specifically for touch still makes it one of the best alternative for the native music player app.

CarTunes lets you display full-screen album artworks and search for favourite songs using the cover art. Any song you’re currently listening to can be easily shared on Twitter with just a single gesture.


A true minimalist will appreciate the simplicity and elegance of Musio. It’s one of the best looking music applications on any platform, full stop. Stylish and intuitive, Musio allows you to play your favourite songs saved in your device’s memory as well as those stored in iTunes Match.


Cesium uses smart gestures to give you full control over your music. You can swipe right on any artist, album, genre in your library to play, shuffle or queue the collection.

Thanks to tight connection with iCloud and iTunes Match, Cesium makes it very easy to organize your songs, while integration with Last.FM lets you start scrobbling your favourite tunes as soon as you sign in.


Picky is one of those apps that I would probably skip because of its hideous icon. But I do not like to judge a book by its cover, which is why I decided to give Picky a try. I do not regret it at all, because it’s one of the most powerful music player apps on iOS.

It lets you play your music in many different ways, organize your playlists and queues, filters your library and displays lyrics via  iTunes and Built with iOS 8 in mind, Picky supports AirPlay-compatible speakers and sports a gorgeous modern-looking interface.


I personally believe that Microsoft’s Modern UI is gorgeous and I’m happy to see it being ported to other platforms. Muzik is an unique music player that looks and feels like a Windows Phone app.

And it’s a good thing, because it’s beautiful and simple. It looks very different from other apps in the category, which makes it stand out and offers a delightfully relieving experience to the user.

In addition to playing music, Muzik lets you personalize its interface by choosing custom colour schemes and accents.

If you recommend any other music player apps for iOS, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.