Looking for the Best Audio Players for Android? We’ve Got You Covered
If you are looking for the best audio players for Android devices, both free and paid, we have a few options for you to consider.
Music has come a long way. Once upon a time, if you wanted to listen to music you either had to seek it out or make it yourself. Then came recording technology, which changed everything. From vinyl to cassettes to CDs, people have spent decades looking for ways to have access to the music they want, when they want it. That, in turn, has created a near constant demand for better and better tools to play that music back.
To take things up a notch, people are now able to obtain nearly any music online at any time, with users to buy songs and albums from sites like Amazon, iTunes, or even just download music from YouTube and other platforms.
With mobile technology constantly improving, choosing the right audio player for your mobile device can be overwhelming. There are dozens available, with more being introduced all the time. Some are free, some will cost you a few dollars. Some hide certain features behind a paywall, while others offer free trials.
So what are the best audio players for Android users to make your listening experience the best? Below are five of our favorites.
Free and Paid Version ($3.99)
When simplicity and quality features meet, you have a great mobile audio player. JetAudio is an app with a wide array of enhancements – aka plugins – that enable you to tweak your music experience to your personal preferences.
JetAudio offers a 32-preset equalizer, bass boost for richer sound, MIDI playback for digital, raw tracks, widgets for easier access to the app, and direct links to social media to post what music you are listening to. To put the icing on the cake, you’re able to experience the full functionality of the app either through the free or paid version, with the latter simply removing ads while adding “themes.”
MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, M4A, MPC, TTA, WV, APE, MOD (module formats S3M, IT), SPX, OPUS, AIFF
Free and Paid Version ($3.49)
The n7player is an app that offers everything you would expect, plus a few bonuses. What makes this player stand out from others is its ability to create a large collage to list your music the fancy way.
Apart from this fancy collage options, n7Player also comes with volume normalization to ensure uniform volume throughout playback, a tag editor, a 10-band equalizer, and scrobbling among other features. You can also stream your music between devices.
Once your basic needs are met, if you’re more of a style over substance person, and if you’re looking for an efficient partner for your music categorizing and arranging needs, then this is definitely the best app for you. If you don’t mind ads, the free version has plenty to offer, but the paid version is very reasonably priced for what you get.
mp3, mp4, m4a, ogg, wav, 3gp, mid, xmf, ogg, mkv*, flac**, aac**
Despite taking its name from the earliest means of storing and recording music, Phonograph is one of the freshest music player apps out there.
Phonograph uses Google’s Material Design interface, which makes it one of the best looking players around. It doesn’t have some of the additional features that the others on this list do, but it makes up for that in ease of use. Users can even make things even better looking thanks to the theme feature, which allows the interface to be fully customizable. Phonograph also allows you to listen to FM radio via Last.fm integration, offers playlist features, includes a home screen widget, a tag editor, and many other features to enable easier navigation.
In a nutshell, Phonograph allows you to play whatever it is you want to play, with peace of mind and ease of navigation.
mp3, mp4, m4a including lossless alac, flac, ogg, wav, tta, wma, ape, and wv files.
Paid Version ($3.99), 15-day free trial
The Poweramp Music Player is as simple and basic as it could be, and yet it is one of the most popular apps for playing music on Android devices.
It’s a fairly basic player but it allows you to choose themes, as well as give you options like gapless playback, crossfade, and arranging songs in various playlists. It also includes tag editing, widgets, and other settings for customization. It’s simple and easy to use, which makes it an app that basically resonates with everyone.
mp3, mp4/m4a (incl. alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff
Pulsar Music Player
Free and Paid Version ($2.99)
Last, but definitely not the least is Pulsar Music Player, one of the best, totally free music players out there. There is a paid version as well that offers a 5-band equalizer, bass boost, and reverb settings, but the free version is packed with features and remains ad-free.
Pulsar features tag editing, material design, smart playlists, a sleep timer, gapless playback, and scrobbling with Last.fm. You can manage your tracks and automatically search for album art, plus it features Chromecast support. While it’s not as high-end as some of the other music players on this list, if you’re on the lookout for a minimal, good-looking, and of course lightweight and functional app, then this is definitely the music player for you.
mp3, aac, flac, ogg, wav, and more
Need some suggestions on what to load up on your Android device to listen to? Check out our monthly column on recently released albums you may have missed.