Best free Android music Player
With the current size that the Google Play Store has grown to in sheer number of apps available, it’s more than just a tough call to pick a definitive best in any category. Still, there are always contenders that outshine all others. This especially holds true for those app genres that are more sought after, and that have a higher user base. One classic example is music players, which, although by definition, should serve only one purpose, but have so much more to offer that one could easily get puzzled as to what would suit their needs best.
A few days back, I went on a crusade to hunt down the best music player alternatives that Google Play Store carries for Android devices. Without declaring a decisive winner (which is almost impossible, to be honest), the following is the list of the top contenders that might suffice for all your music playback and library management needs, while getting extra info/lyrics on your favorite artists, tracks and albums. Enjoy!
There would hardly ever be a list of top music players for Android without the mention of this beast. Of all the music players that I tested, Poweramp reproduces the best audio quality, thanks to the great rendering engine as well as massive equalizer, bass booster, reverb and effect settings. All of this is packaged in a decent looking interface that only adds to the class of the player.
- Massive file format support
- Versatile equalizer with lots of presets and control over bass, treble, reverb etc.
- Lyric display with support for musiXmatch
- Cover art animation
- Support for themes and skins
- ID3 tag editing for tracks
- Last.FM scrobbling
- Free version is just a two-week trial, after which you have to buy the player
- Huge number of features can become confusing for basic user
Nullsoft’s Winamp was a huge success for Windows before it found home on the Google Play Store as well, and since then, the player has gradually improved. It offers some great features like SHOUTcast online radio boasting over 45, 000 stations, support for Android’s native voice commands and more. It’s also somewhat resource intensive and can prove to be challenging for older devices.
- Offers queuing of tracks similar to its Windows variant
- SHOUTcast online radio service
- Wi-Fi-based sync with desktop library
- Attractive and catchy Now Playing interface with info overlay
- Lock screen player
- Unintuitive music management controls
- Setting up playlists requires adding one song at a time
- Large memory footprint of 30MB for background playback
This one has a very versatile feature offering set in a simplistic (read: not minimalist) interface. The app comes in a bright red color with music sorting/playback possible by Artist, Folder, Video and more. There’s an online radio offering as well that you can use, should you run out of choices in your local collection. Mixzing is also one of those few Android music players that offer music video playback. Also to be lauded is the app’s equalizer, which easily rivals Poweramp in sheer functionality.
Mixzing also takes pride in pulling information from the web regarding the playing track, including lyrics, artist info, YouTube videos and Wikipedia information, to name a few.
- Song info with playback
- Excellent and functional equalizer
- Recommendations for similar songs from your local music library
- ID3 tag editing
- Extensive customization of interface
- Sleep timer
- Very intrusive in-app advertisement that can ruin the whole experience
- Huge memory footprint of approximately 40 MB in background operation
- A rather overly simplistic interface
- Lack of a help section (it was recently removed from the app)
The most distinguishing feature of n7player is the way it is designed to be extremely beautiful and well-laid-out in both portrait and landscape modes. Of course, that’s not the deciding criteria for a music player, which is most likely to run in the background for you most of the time, but this app doesn’t leave you wishing for more in the looks department. If offers a unique tag cloud approach to artists that you have in your local music library, with the possibility of pinch-to-zoom to pull in album art thumbnails for them. Complementing the beautiful design are its home and lock screen widgets, tag editing, online lyrics search etc.
The major downside of n7player is that for free, you only get a trial version that gets annoying due to its nagging reminders of purchasing the full version. We really don’t appreciate that a lot – really!
- Excellent interface design with well-thought elements
- Suitable for both portrait and landscape mode of operations
- Artist/Genre tag clouds with multitouch controls
- Home screen and Lock screen widgets
- Tag editor
- Online lyrics lookup
- Free version is a nagging trial
- Intrusive in-app advertising
- Equalizer not very useful
Cloudskipper is one that leaves us with mixed feelings. It’s pretty decent, no doubt, but it’s not being actively developed anymore, which is a huge turn off for quite a few users. On the other hand, the interface is rather neat, and comes with all the usual sorting and playback options. There’s an equalizer as well, although its working is something of a hit or miss. Sealing the deal are lock screen player controls, with the option to even set Cloudskipper itself as your lock screen!
- Neat interface with pleasant design elements
- Decent equalizer (when it works)
- Social sharing of the currently playing track
- Online album art and info lookup
- Low memory consumption in background operation (around 12MB)
- Lock screen widget and player controls
- Not being actively developed anymore
- Lags on older devices (due to equalizer)
- Equalizer functionality is fiddly
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