The way people listen to music on the move has changed.
Smartphones, which now offer more storage space and better sound quality than ever before, have replaced the need to carry separate devices such as iPods and MP3 players in order to listen to music on the fly.
Today, even an entry level smartphone can store literally thousands of MP3s and the chances are your phone probably now also doubles up as your primary music player, whilst your old iPod or MP3 player has long been forgotten.
In the Google Play Store there are hundreds, even thousands of music player apps for Android. Some are free to download, some need to be paid for and some are much better than others.
In order to get the most out of your music listening experience, here are some of best music player apps for Android.
Doubletwist is probably the most popular music player available on Android and is a favourite amongst the Android users in the ThaiTech office.
Its great looks and modern design make it a dream to use and it offers more than enough functionality and features to cater for even the most ardent music junkie.
It supports a whole host of file formats, has an excellent equaliser and offers possibly the best solution for syncing music between iTunes and an Android device.
In addition to music, you can easily access your favourite videos and podcasts through the app.
Doubletwist is free to download, although it does offer a number of advanced features which are available via in app purchases.
Another popular choice for Android users, Poweramp offers tons of features and customisation options and supports just about every music file format available. The ten band equaliser provides more than enough options for you to create your own personal sound preference, which can easily be saved.
As well as album artwork, Poweramp also offers lyric integration which is another interesting feature.
Where its sound quality and customisation options are probably amongst the best there is, some of the downsides to Poweramp is that you need to pay for the full version and that it perhaps isn’t as easy on the eye as some of the other players featured in this list.
That said, at the time of writing, Poweramp is the best rated player in the Google Play Store.
Download Poweramp (15 day free trial)
Shuttle Music Player
Whereas Poweramp offers more features and customisation options than most people will ever use, Shuttle Music Player, offers a kind of ‘less is more’ approach and is a great choice for anyone looking for simple music player.
Without being overloaded with features it does offer things like gapless playback, a useful equaliser and offers easy editing of tags and filenames.
It is also arguably one of the best looking players out there. It’s free to download (link below) and there is also a premium version.
Download Shuttle Music Player (free)
Google Play Music
Google’s standard music player is an excellent no frills option, which looks great and is easy to use. Granted, there isn’t a great deal of customization options but as a standalone music player, Google Play Music stands up against anything else on Android currently.
What is also great about Google Play Music is that it allows you to upload as many as 20,000 songs to its cloud storage service, which you can then access from anywhere, across all of your devices. It can also be linked up to Chrome Cast or your Sonos sound system and even offers a straightforward way of transferring your music over from iTunes.
The downside for users in Thailand is that the full service isn’t currently available in the Land of Smiles. However, given that Google Play Books and Movies are now supported in Thailand, we live in hope that Google Play Music will follow suit and become fully available in this part of the world in the not too distant future.
Download Google Play Music
Whilst Rocket Music Player perhaps doesn’t look as good as Doubletwist or Google Play Music, it is still very popular, having been downloaded from the Google Play Store on more than 10 million occasions.
It offers a wide range of useful features and customisations such as an easy to user album art manager, has a 5 band graphic equaliser and the option of bookmarking podcasts, which is really handy and means you can easily pick up where you left off when listening to your favourite podcasts.
Rocket Music Player is available to download for free but there is also a Premium version which offers support to more file types and other stuff such as crossfading and additional options on the graphic equaliser.
Download Rocket Player
Which Android music players do you think should’ve made it onto our list? Share your recommendations in the comments section below.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.