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A lot of folks these days have transferred to some sort of music streaming service like Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, or Apple Music. However, there are those of us left that hang on to our collection of media because streaming isn’t quite good enough yet. If you have your own music collection and the stock music player isn’t doing it for you, then here are our picks for the best music player apps on Android!

Poweramp Music Player (Trial)

PowerAMP replaces your usual music player, adding a lot of new features and improving the previous built-in.

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Musixmatch – Lyrics & Music

It finds timed Lyrics for almost every song in your library. If they aren’t on time, you can synchronize them too. Widgets & pop-up lyric windows are a great help. Even if you aren’t using the app to play Music & listening from say Spotify, Rdio or Google Play Music, it still shows lyrics in a pop-up balloon. Once lyrics are loaded it doesn’t need

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Music Player

This music player has a great interface with custom themes and colors, it is simply beautiful. There a set of background themes you can select from and you can choose any background color you like.

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BlackPlayer Music Player

BlackPlayer is a simple, but elegant music player that puts very little between you and your music. It operates on a tab structure and you can customize the tabs to use only the ones that you actually want. On top of that, it has an equalizer, widgets, scrobbling, an ID3 tag editor, no ads, themes, and support for most commonly used music files. It’s delightfully simple and a fantastic option for fans of minimalism. The free version is a little bare bones with the paid version providing far more features.

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Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a unique music player in that it’s both a streaming service and a standalone music player. It can read the files on your device and act as a regular player, or you can upload up to 50,000 of your songs to Google Play Music and stream them if you prefer. Of course, it also comes with an optional subscription that gives you access to all the content on Google Play Music. It’s a sublime mixture that allows people to use their existing music as part of the streaming experience. If you’re in the market for both, this is a great option.

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jetAudio Music Player+EQ Plus

jetAudio is a long time favorite of Android users because it has enough features to be better than most, but still simple enough for everyone to use. This one features a variety of audio enhancements that come as plugins so you can tweak your music experience a little more than usual. On top of that, it comes with an equalizer (complete with 32 presets), simple effects like bass boost, a tag editor, widgets, and even MIDI playback. The free and paid versions are virtually identical with the paid version adding themes and removing advertising.

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MediaMonkey

MediaMonkey is a bit of a dark horse in the music player business. It has a ton of features, including organizational features for things like audiobooks, podcasts, and the ability to sort songs by thigns like composer (instead of just artist). It also has basic stuff like an equalizer. What makes MediaMonkey truly unique is the ability to sync your music library from your computer to your phone (and back) over WiFi. It’s a bit complicated set up, but it’s virtually a one-of-a-kind feature. The interface is simple and the app is an overall solid option.

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n7player Music Player

n7player is an app that tries to do something a little different and succeeds. Instead of having lists of music sorted in various ways, n7player creates a giant collage style list of your music which you can scroll through and listen to. It also comes with a 10-band equalizer, volume normalization, a tag editor, scrobbling, and plenty of other features. A lot of this is definitely form over function so those looking for more powerful music management may need to look elsewhere. However, if you want something that looks awesome, this works.

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Pulsar Music Player

Pulsar is probably the best completely free music player out there right now. It comes with a design that is heavily inspired by Material Design along with many of the basic features like tag editing, gapless playback, smart playlists, a sleep timer, and Last.fm scrobbling. Puslar also has Chromecast support, which is awesome. It’s not as feature heavy as some of the paid options, but that can be either good or bad depending on what kind of music experience you’re looking for. It’s not bad if your wallet is a little light and there are themes to add a bit of customization.

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Shuttle+ Music Player

Shuttle Music Player had been growing steadily for a while. However, the developer took some time off to work on a rebuild of the app and, thus, Shuttle has been a little light on updates for a little while. Currently, it comes with a Material Designed interface, a six band equalizer, support for lyrics, gapless playback, a sleep timer, and customizable widgets. It also comes with quite a few theme options for those who like to make stuff look good. It’s a viable option, but keep an eye out for that rebuild!

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Shazam

Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by hundreds of millions of people each month to instantly identify music that’s playing and see what others are discovering. All for free.

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Spotify Music

Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are.

With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations.

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SoundHound Music Search & Play

This free version has some ads but unlimited use and the results have been very satisfactory. It’s become an instant must-have.

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If we missed any of the best music player apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers!