Who doesn't use their phone for music these days? With internal storage expanding all the time, SD card slots becoming standard for more external space, and cloud services meaning you don't need to store albums on your device at all, using your mobile as a music player is easier than ever. But just because your phone came with a music player included doesn't mean that that's your best choice. So today we're looking at some of the best third party music player apps on the market. Serious about your tunes? Then download one of these!
Google Play Music
We're starting with a biggie, because it's tough not to love Google Play Music. Not only can you use the app to play tunes stored on your device, but you can stream from your library that you've secreted away on the cloud. There are tons of customisation options (this is Android, after all), plenty of settings to play around with so you get the best sound quality, and you can even shop for music through the Play Store as well. Google Play Music is a free app, generally included by default on Android phones, but there's an iPhone version too!
DoubleTwist is an awesome app for a whole variety of reasons. Yes, it's a great music player, with fantastic album art recognition, and fabulous equaliser settings that really do make a difference to how tunes sound. But it does a lot more as well. DoubleTwist is the easiest way, for example, to make your Android phone recognise iTunes music, and it supports a whole bunch of different file types, so you won't need to worry about conversion. On top of all that, it just looks cool! DoubleTwist is both Android and Apple, and there is a free version though there are in app purchases for more advanced customisation options.
If you like equalizers, then you're going to love Equalizer Plus. This is a music player app that keeps the equalizer open at all times, allowing you to fiddle with settings for each separate track as it comes on. Okay, the display is a little confusing at first sight, but if you want control of each individual track on an album, Equalizer Plus just makes that easy. It's available for Android and iPhones, and there's both a free version and a paid pro version with more equalizer settings.
If a music player app has never really come close to meeting your personal needs as a user, then you need to check out Poweramp. Yes, this is a paid app, but there is a fifteen day free trial, and we're pretty sure that that's long enough for you to fall in love. The basic Poweramp interface is clean, neat and easy to use, but what we really love about the app is the vast (and we mean vast) number of customisation settings that really mean you can design the music player that you want. It's got a host of other features too, including gapless playback and even crossfade. Sure, you'll need to make an investment, but it could be worth it if you really love your music. Poweramp is both Android and Apple.
Big apps like Poweramp tend to eat up memory space, so it's nice to see an app like Shuttle that's both light weight and surprisingly decent. There's a six band equalizer, and a fair few customisation and theme options, and Shuffle does recognise a handful of different file types. It also has automatic album art and lyric downloading, so you'll have all the info that you need at your fingertips. Shuttle is a great choice if you want to listen to great music but you don't want to spend a lot of time fussing around with settings, and you don't want a CPU or memory intensive app like Poweramp. It's free, though a paid version will give you more themes, and is available for Android and iPhone.
Musixmatch is a neat little music player, with a clear interface and easy to use settings and options. But that's not really what makes it unique. The really cool thing about Musixmatch is that it has a little floating widget that beams lyrics across your screen. And you can use that widget in any other player too (like YouTube or Spotify, for example). Plus, open up the widget and type in a lyric and Musixmatch will find that song on your device for you. Neat, right? If you like to sing along, then Musixmatch is a must! Free for both Android and iPhone versions.
Rocket Player is a lesser known app, but one that you might want to check out. As a music player it's more than satisfactory, with plenty of customisation options, could support for album artwork and the like. But the real star of Rocket Player is its search function which lets you search through tags, names and even composers all from the same search bar. If you've got a lot of music on your device, then Rocket Player's search function is really second to none. There's a free version as well as a paid version that gives you a few more options and themes, and is Android and iOS.
This is probably the most feature laden music player app that we've ever seen, and there are way more features here than we have time to mention. There's a full twenty band equalizer, lots of plug ins to help you customise and get the music experience that you want, and a solid interface as well. There is a free trial version, but basically this is a paid app, and there's in app purchases as well. It's worth having a look at the free version to see if you want to buy, just because we don't think we've ever seen so many different features on a music app before… If you've ever wanted to change the pitch of a song so that you could sing along, then jetAudio is for you… There are versions for both Android and iPhone.