Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android

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Introduction

Android. The Operating System that is flexible, can do everything, can do social networking, can do media, music... wait a minute. That "music" app on my desktop is supposed to be my music player, and organizer? What kind of junk is this? On my high-end Android?

Let's face it: the stock Android music player, before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, could, well, play music. That's about where it ended. It did the typical stuff, sort by artist, song name, create playlists, whatever. The stock music player on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above is generally Google Play Music, and it's better than the previous stock player, but it still has its limits. Hey, I even used to have a Samsung Galaxy Player, which was basically an Android mp3 player. And I basically had that stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread music player, just with the Samsung skin. Fine for basic playback, but what do you do if you want something more than "shuffle"?

That's where Android's magic shines - you can use whatever app you want to play music, and, if the developer did it correctly, you won't even notice that you're not using the default app. Here are the best music players and organizers for Android.

One note for those who may be on Android 4.4 KitKat - there are issues with apps not being able to access the SD card. This is a problem with the operating system, and not the music player.

 

Rated Products

Rocket Music Player  

A music player with a good set of features


Our Rating: 
5
License: Free (Ads)

Rocket Music Player, in my opinion, is the best free music player available for Android. It has plenty of features, and even more can be enabled by turning on ads.

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WinAmp  

WinAmp is an app that is currently in limbo, but still a good choice for a music player, if not just for the SHOUTcast internet radio feature.


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)

WinAmp is a music player that has been well-known in the desktop world for what seems like an eternity, and for quite a while they had a (supported) version for Android. They've now dropped the official support for Android, which is a shame, to be quite honest. However, it is still obtainable as an APK. It is a good, simple, albeit somewhat basic music player in its free incarnation - however, it has SHOUTcast, a massive online Internet service, which is really well done, and which almost makes it worth a download for that alone.

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Cloudskipper Music Player  

Cloudskipper is a decent music player, even though it's not updated often


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free

Cloudskipper is a music player with a fun, elegant, and easy-to-use interface. It has some occasional quirks, but it is still is a good music player. Did I mention it has some nice eye-candy?

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MixZing  

MixZing used to have some interesting features albeit with intrusive advertising. Now, the advertising has stopped... but so have some of the most interesting features.


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Ads)

MixZing was a very well-made music player... with one exception: the horrendously intrusive advertising. Yes, the kind where where all you wanted to do is listen to a song quickly - and it shoves a video ad down your throat, which you can't skip or anything, before you can even listen to that one track. Now, the advertising has stopped - I'm assuming because the app has been abandonned - but so have many of the key features, such as the recommendations system and the music information.

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Google Play Music  

Google Play Music is a good option if you're using Google's cloud services to store your music. Otherwise, not really.


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free

Google Play Music is specifically designed to work with Google's cloud services, and it does that job decently well. Otherwise, there isn't too much exciting about this music player. Also, if you're interested in the cloud, this app will let you upload 50 000 tracks to Google's servers for free.

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Meridian Player  

Meridian is a decent, if not too pretty or simple, music and video player, with some oddities


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free (Limited features)

Meridian Player is an interesting music - and video player. While the interface isn't the nicest or simplest available, it generally works, and has a decent range of features. It also supports the 5-star rating system not supported by all that many apps on Android, although at least for me, it doesn't work properly.

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Comments

Aha - I was not aware of that - thanks.
My device is a Motorola Droid Razr, I guess Motorola must have their own BT stack on their phones, and modified music player app.
So I guess I will have to wait a while for this feature on other players!

In case you still are subscribed to replies to your comment, Android 4.3 has support for AVRCP 1.3, and I am 95% sure that MixZing supports it. As I don't have access to a car with AVRCP 1.3 Bluetooth support, I can't test it like that, but when I connect my device to my computer (windows) via bluetooth to play music through it, music information pops up, and I am 95% sure that this is going through the AVRCP 1.3 protocol.

The best music app for android here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vnapps.vmusic

The easiest way to access the largest music and video library from anywhere. Rather than selling you MP3s and music vidoes, vMusic lets you stream unlimited songs from a huge library with more than 15 Milion Songs and Videos.
Features:
- Search and play songs and videos
- Bookmark your farovite music videos
- Billboard music charts
- Save music to SD Card
- Song quality: 128 kbps and 320 kbps
- Share your favorite songs on Facebook and Twitter.
- Lyrics and Artist info

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