10 Best Android Music Player Apps for 2018

These are the best music player apps for Android available in 2018. Apps that will deliver a better experience while you jam out and enjoy some tunes. Whether you use Google Play Music, Spotify, or have an SD card full of music these are the apps and services you want to know about.

Most Android phones already have a music player app, or two, but there are dozens of alternatives on the Google Play Store. Better alternatives with more options or features. With that said, these apps are perfect for casual listeners or die-hard audiophiles. Not to mention some great streaming services.

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Now that unlimited data is back and available from all carriers in 2018, smartphone owners can listen to as much music as they want. These apps will help you do exactly that. You’re not stuck with iTunes or Google Play Music. In fact, there are dozens of great Android music players with more features or support more file types.

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Most users stick to the app that comes pre-installed on their phone like Samsung’s Music app. You shouldn’t though. And actually, we recommend trying something different. Google Play Music has iTunes transfers and cloud streaming. VLC is very robust and widely used for audio and video. Additionally, PowerAmp is the go-to music player for millions of users and is jam-packed with features.

You can even download Apple Music for Android if you switched from the iPhone and got a Galaxy S9. We know subscription music services are getting popular, but some still want to listen to their own library and record collection. If so, use the apps we’ve detailed below.

Best Music Player Apps for Android

  • PowerAmp
  • VLC
  • doubleTwist
  • Google Play Music
  • BlackPlayer Free
  • Equalizer Music Player & Booster
  • Shuttle
  • MusixMatch
  • GoneMAD Music Player
  • Amazon Music & Others

Above is a list of 10 apps that are the best for listening to music on Android devices. A quick breakdown for those in a hurry. Then, check out our slideshow below for additional details and links to download a new music player app today.

Whether you’re looking for local playback, cast support, equalizer controls, iTunes transfers, FLAC audio, or anything else, we have you covered. Basically, if you’re looking for a better music experience on Android, these are the best music player apps available. Perfect for your average listener, or an audiophile. Turn it to 11 and enjoy.

PowerAmp

PowerAmp

First up has to be PowerAmp, which is what I've been using as my default music player on Android for years. PowerAmp is a fan-favorite for a wide array of reasons, most notably all the features at our disposal. We could talk about all of the features this has for hours. We'll mention a few below too. All you need to know is that you can try it free for 15 days with the trial, and that will convince you. If you like it, spend the $3.99 for the full version.

PowerAmp has a unique yet similar interface, and enough features that anyone and everyone will find exactly what they want. From a big "now playing" image with artwork on your homescreen or lockscreen, widgets, theme and skin packs to change the look, to ID tagging options and more. It's not just visual, this app is loaded with features.

Poweramp has a 10-band graphic equalizer with lots of presets and customization. There's crossfade, gapless audio, lyric support and plugins, downloads missing album artwork and even offers animated artwork too. Not to mention scrobbling, library scanning, customizable lockscreen, replay gain, support for m3u, m3u8, pls, wpl and more. Or playlists from files and folders right on your device. Everything can be completely customized. 

Poweramp is basically one music player app that rules them all. The 4 widgets give us tons of controls on our home-screen, and if you don't like the overall look and feel try out any of the themes and skins available for download or on the Google Play Store. This plays nearly anything and everything, looks good, can be fine-tuned to the max and is only $3.99 at the end of the day. It's worth noting that Android 8.1 broke a few things in PowerAmp, but the developers are actively working on fixes if they haven't released them already. So, don't worry, and keep using it. 

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8 Comments

  1. Richard B.

    04/18/2017 at 7:55 am

    Jukebox Music Player. Been using for a couple weeks. Does exactly what I need. Has themes and gets lyrics from the web. I think it’s fairly new but it has a new update with new stuff in it every other day it seems.

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  2. Joseph Perez

    04/21/2017 at 12:03 am

    What about music folder player(with or without pro)?

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  3. Trent

    05/03/2017 at 12:42 pm

    Power amp needs to be removed from the top. It just keeps crashing. Except for sound quality the app is not stable. Pulsar, Jet audio, Rocket player, Joymix are missing. After updates, players are sometimes worse off.

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  4. Amy latham

    05/10/2017 at 12:30 am

    If you are an music lover then get some best android music player apps where you can play all types of songs like hollywood, bollywood, instrumental and many more and also you can create your own playlist of your favorite songs with all in one tap features.

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  5. pohor debbarma

    06/29/2017 at 1:45 am

    its really wonderful music player, thanks for sharing with us

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  6. Gerald Scartiong

    09/11/2017 at 7:59 am

    They have quite decent built in music player actually

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  7. Blain Larsen

    12/28/2017 at 4:54 am

    Don’t install Poweramp if you’re running Android 8.1. some of the features will not work, and the developer is not fixing them until his new version is finished.

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  8. Jim

    02/03/2018 at 9:03 am

    I very much like PlayerPro music player. It’s been around for quite some time, has regular updates by the dev team, which enables it to keep up with the latest Android features: Chromecast, android AUTO, Oreo notificatoins etc. The other players clearly don’t have that many features and are quite out dated.

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