Smartphones are one of those once-in-a-lifetime inventions that seemingly replaced a dozen different product categories overnight, in the name of both convenience and affordability. Instead of buying multiple gadgets that perform a single function, the rise of the modern smartphone ten years ago helped end the need for dedicated electronics. Portable GPS systems for cars, point-and-shoot cameras, camcorders and “vlogging” cameras, portable gaming systems, iPods and MP3 players, and so much more—all replaced with a single piece of metal, aluminium, and plastic. While each of these product categories are still available to some extent, sales have declined as it became apparent we didn’t need dedicated gadgets to navigate through our modern world. We only needed one.
So, as Apple continues killing off its iPod lineup and MP3 players become nearly impossible to find in stores, it’s worth looking at the music app on your Android device to make sure you’re using the right one for you. There are a ton of great choices on the Play Store, and you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right music app for you. From paid apps to streaming services, free music players to online radio stations, it can be difficult to navigate and find the right music player application. Whether you’re looking to upload your entire collection to the cloud or playback local music saved on your SD card, finding the right music player for you is an important part of owning an Android phone. There’s so much choice and selection, it really comes down to what kind of app you’re looking for, based on feature sets, price, and design.
We’ve tested a dozen music apps on the Play Store and found some of our favorites among the bunch. While we won’t say any app is perfect, the difference between a good music app and a great music app can be hard to notice, so it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on what’s on the Play Store. These are the apps we found to be the best of the bunch, the cream of the crop—the finest music players offered on the Play Store. Let’s take a look.