Best Free Music Player for Android: Our 6 Favorite Apps
Yes, your Android device probably comes with a reasonably suitable stock music player app. However, more often than not, stock Android apps will leave you desiring something slightly more fulfilling. Fortunately for you, there is a plethora of quality music player apps available in the Google Play Store. That being said, there’s also an unfortunate amount of not-so-spectacular apps that muddy the waters quite a bit. Rather than have you weed out the rotten choices on your own, we decided to lend a helping hand and do the research for you. Below are the results of our attempt to find the best free music player for Android devices.
To be fair, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one free music player. However, we did manage to pick our favorite 6. Keep in mind that these apps are meant to playback content that you own. They don’t function like subscription streaming services like Spotify or Tidal. If you’d like to listen to the music that you own through a top-quality, easy-to-use interface, then the following options are perfect for you.
Google Play Music (Free Version)
Google Play Music is the closest thing to a subscription streaming service that we have on this list. However, it only becomes a streaming service if you’re willing to pay $9.99 per month. The free music player works as a cloud-based storage system. It offers up to 50,000 songs worth of free storage, ad-supported radio, and an algorithmic music recommendation feature.
Google Play Music succeeds by allowing you to access your music across multiple devices and on the web. It fails with its noisy and bloated user-interface and required use of cloud servers for song storage. All in all, Google Play Music is a decent app if you don’t mind uploading your music to the cloud.
jetAudio Music Player (Free Version)
jetAudio Music Player focuses on a highly customizable EQ and sound effects that allow users to uniquely shape the way that their music sounds. It supports almost any song format and comes with 32 equalizer presets. Users can customize their experience using a 10-band graphic equalizer, playback speed control, crossfading, and automatic gain control.
The downside is that most of the sounds effects are issued as in-app purchases and some can only be purchased after you pay for the premium version of the jetAudio app. Another notable problem is the excessive amount of advertisements used in the free version.
If you’re interested in adjusting almost every parameter possible when listening to a song, jetAudio could be your best bet. Otherwise, you might find that these unnecessary features simply weigh down the overall user experience.
n7player Music Player (Free Version)
n7player is similar to jetAudio, only slightly more lightweight with significantly less add-ons. The free music player comes with a 10-band graphic equalizer that includes a variety of presets. It also has a surround sound effect which could potentially transform the space in which you hear your music.
One standout feature that n7player provides is “resumable playback”. This allows you close out of the app and return to the same point in the song once you reopen it. You can also hide certain songs or albums from appearing within the app, as a way to curate what locally stored music you want immediate access to.
There is a free add-on that helps to search and embed lyrics for songs, as well as an auto-obtain album art feature. A user-friendly and highly customizable browsing experience allow you to easily find the songs you’re looking for while dressing the app in your favorite skin.
The downside to n7player is the need to locally store your media on your device. If you have a large music collection and want access to all of it, n7player probably isn’t right for you.
This free music player is sophisticated and sleek. It has the ability to mix multi-channel audio to stereo or mono, which can be extremely appealing to audiophiles. It’s in-app file management system is also a step above the rest. AIMP lets users group files by template, search files in a filtering mode, and even permanently delete files from within the app.
AIMP supports Internet radio and allows you to EQ your listening experience with a 10-band graphic equalizer. If you want full control over your song files and the ability to organize and delete them from within your free music player, AIMP is a reliable choice. However, it’s “no-frills” design might leave some users wanting more.
Poweramp Music Player (15 days full-feature trial)
Unfortunately, Poweramp music player is not technically free. After a 15 day full-feature trial period, you will be asked to pay $3.99 to continue using the app. Still, we felt that Poweramp was worth mentioning due to the powerful music playing experience that it offers.
Like many of the other apps we’ve discussed, Poweramp provides 10-band graphic equalizer, mono-mixing, stereo-expansion, crossfading, lyric support, missing album art downloads, and customizable skins. It also includes a tag editor to clean up your meta-data, OpenGL based cover art animation, and “scrobbling” with Last.fm. Of course, the major downside of Poweramp is its lack of total “freeness”. We recommend giving the free trial a shot, however, we’re not entirely convinced that you should upgrade to premium afterward.
younity is far and away our favorite free music player. Unlike these other apps, younity is a home media server. This means that you don’t have to store any of your content on your Android device. As long as your music is on your computer, you can use the younity mobile app to access, stream, download, and share it. Also, unlike these other apps, younity is much more than just a music player. It allows you to view and stream practically any file type, whether it’s a 4K video, an mp3 album, or even a Word document.
With younity, you don’t need to plan on what music you want to upload or sync. It enables you to access all of your content at any time, letting you be completely spontaneous and in the moment. With no storage limitations or file type restrictions, you can free up space on your phone and liberate your music listening experience.
As a music player, younity uses on-the-fly transcoding to ensure quality playback of any file type. It organizes all of your music, keeps your iTunes playlists intact, and even lets you merge two or more iTunes accounts. You can also download your music onto your Android device for offline use.
Click here for more information on installing and setting up younity.
Originally published at blog.getyounity.com on August 22, 2016.