The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd.
It would be impossible to look at all of them, so here we have chosen five of them that we think are some of the best there is.
We have talked about DoubleTwist a lot around these parts and with good reason. DoubleTwist became a favorite of Android users that had deep roots in the iTunes ecosystem, and still is.
However, besides just offering a simple, seamless way to sync your music between iTunes and Android, DoubleTwist is a fine music player in its own right.
The basic music player download is free, but if you are looking for a little more in-app purchases are available to unlock the full power of the app. It has a lot to offer, too. Beyond the visual appeal, you have an equalizer, high quality album artwork, a “What’s next” list that eliminates “the guess work of what’s coming up next” and support for a whole bunch of different audio formats.
Add videos, podcasts, wireless syncing to your iTunes library, sending music to your Apple TV and other devices, DoubleTwist isn’t just a great music player. It is a great all-round media player.
3 (Cubed) (Free)
There are troves of apps that let you jam out to your MP3 collection, but 3 (aka Cubed) aims to make the experience more visually interesting than the rest. This sleek music player stuffs your tunes into an interactive 3D cube, which you can swipe left and right to sift through your songs and flip up and down to sort through your albums.
This Last.fm-compatible app has a basic feature set, but its unique level of interactivity makes it worth a download.
Shuttle is a free, lightweight, feature-packed music player that also offers some neat extras for paid users. Shuttle’s interface is reminiscent of the stock Google Play Music’s card UI, and the player comes with an equalizer, gapless playback, album & artist downloads, and Last.
FM scrobbling to name a few of its features. It also takes full advantage of Android UI features, with lock screen and notification controls and widgets. Users who upgrade to Shuttle+ ($0.99) gain additional interface customizations, as well as tag editing and Chromecast support.
Google Play Music (Free)
The default music app from 4.1 Jellybean onward, Google Play Music is definitely a step up from the old Android music player.
The app sports basic player functionality, sorting by album, artist, and genre, as well as an equalizer, but that’s not where the real action is. Google Play Music builds in cloud streaming playback, allowing users to upload their music library to Google’s cloud locker, streamed on demand.
A new Google Play Music All Access program can even provide ad-free streaming from a library of more than 18 million tracks. Add in integration to the Google Play store and this one is player you should not overlook.
With the debut of Amazon’s Prime Music program, the Amazon Cloud Player received a major overhaul. Now renamed Amazon Music, the app allows you to play locally stored music, create and edit playlists, and stream music to your car or home stereo via Bluetooth.
The real selling points though are the market integration and cloud locker streaming. Users can search for and purchase new music and then stream or download tracks and album straight into your device to enjoy at your leisure. With an Amazon Prime subscription, users also gain access to a massive library of music that they can stream and download at will ad-free.
JetAudio Music Player Plus ($3.99)
JetAudio is another desktop music player that has taken the leap to mobile with the JetAudio Music Player Plus on Android devices. The Android version of JetAudio plays a whole bevy of music formats, from the bog-standard MP3 to more uncommon formats such as FLAC, OGG and APE.
The app comes with a host of options such as playback speed control, gapless playback, and crossfade, fade in and fade out, a 20-band equalizer, Bluetooth headset control support, tag editing and widgets.
Spotify gives you instant access to millions of songs – from old favorites to the latest hits. Just hit play to stream anything you like. Spotify works on your computer, mobile, tablet and TV.
You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back.
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With over 100 different music artists/genres, Pandora Internet Radio (also known as Pandora Radio or simply Pandora) is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service that serves as “custodian” of the Music Genome Project.
The service, operated by Pandora Media, Inc., is only available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The service plays musical selections of a certain genre based on the user’s artist selection.
Another nice feature of Pandora is it has a thumbs up/thumbs down feature to play the songs you like the most. Both free (have to put up with commercials) and a paid version for just a few bucks a month.