The Best Music Player Application For Android

Android has no shortage of great music apps, but if you're looking for something that'll play nearly any local file, has a powerful equaliser, a handy tag editor and tons of customisation options, look no further than PowerAMP.

PowerAMP

Platform: Android Price: $5.15 Download Page

Features

  • Plays tons of different music files, including mp3, mp4/m4a, alac, ogg, wma, flac, wav, ape, wv and tta; also supports .cue files.
  • 10 band equaliser with presets and separate bass and treble adjusters
  • Crossfade and gapless playback support
  • Browse and play songs either from specified folders on your device or the automatically generated Android library
  • Queue songs into an "on-the-go" playlist
  • A sleep timer that lets you pause your music for a certain amount of time
  • Tag editor and album art finder
  • Multiple home screen widgets for quick music control
  • Lock screen controls
  • Built-in Last.fm scrobbling
  • Four different themes as well as tons of other UI tweaks

Where It Excels

If you're storing your music on your phone, PowerAMP is the most powerful music app out there. It can play tons of different files (including FLAC and ALAC), organise your library using a specific set of folders, and the equaliser is awesome. The tag editor, while I'm not sure when I'd use it on my phone, is a nice touch, and it comes with all the extra features you'd expect from a third-party music player, like great widgets, lock screen controls and Last.fm scrobbling. You aren't going to find another music player on Android with this level of configurability.

Where it Falls Short

PowerAMP is an incredible local music player, but that's all it does. You can't subscribe to podcasts or watch videos, which may be a downside for some — but I'd just as soon get another app for those things and keep PowerAMP's awesomeness for my music. It also doesn't have any other focuses like recommendation engines, lyrics, or social support, but those are usually reserved for players that aim at those specific niches. Instead, PowerAMP's niche is playing your music and giving you a ton of control over how you do it.

It's also worth mentioning that, with the advent of things like Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music, PowerAMP doesn't have any streaming support for your music stored online. This isn't really PowerAMP's fault, but it might be a deal killer for those that have already become accustomed to storing their music online instead of locally.

The Competition

There are a lot of other great music players on Android, but few are as powerful as PowerAMP. However, if you're looking for something a bit cheaper, Winamp has a really friendly interface with some extra features, and Google's new Music app is very nice too (especially if you're using the Google Music service).

The other players on Android usually have a specific niche, but often come with some nice extra features too. For example, MixZing focuses on a recommendations engine, TuneWiki integrates with YouTube, internet radio, and an online community, doubleTwist focuses on syncing seamlessly with your computer, and Cubed is all about rocking the eye candy. However, they're all still pretty powerful, and definitely worth a look if you don't like PowerAMP. Check out our battle of the Android music players for more info on the other options out there.


Comments

    Is there a good audio player that handles audio books well? ie - remember position, go back 30 seconds button - like iPhone's generic player.

      Ben have a look at MortPlayer Audio Books.

      I use the MortPlayer Music app, which is virtually the same as the Audio Book one except the Audio Book one saves what position you are in the track and lets you set up bookmarks. Plus it's free! (I donated though cause I love it so much)

    I got this app the other day and I love it, it is absolutely perfect for me and when tied in with Tasker it automatically plays where i left off when I plug my headphones in.

    Hard to find a decent android app that supports DLNA. What I'd like to do is highlight a few songs listed from the twonky server, flick to a playlist, shuffle it and flick to the DLNA device.

    I haven't tried poweramp but all the players I've tried so far seem to lack multi-select. They want to play immediately whatever you've put your finger on.

      try Skifta...its free and works well for me
      https://market.android.com/search?q=skifta

        I really love PowerAMP because it plays cue-files.
        It would be nice if Skifta/PowerAMP/etc. also supported a combination of DLNA + Cuefiles.
        Then I would be satisfied :)

        (ok, an "undercoverquestion": Does anyone know a android app who supports cue & DLNA?)

    Player Pro is awesome, give it a try.

      Power Pro is great, I have used to for a while now and I have had no problems with it, I like its looks and its widgets too.

    Lack of music store still on android is disappointing. Recent moved from iphone to Samsung Galaxy 2, happy with phone but a surprised no stores just players

      Hey anthlc, try the 7digital android app. Great store

    you wont get a better UI than N7 for Android. looks friggin amazing.

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