I apologize for the delay in posting the next installment of Reader Recommended Apps. It’s been very busy for me recently, but things look to be settling down. Thanks again for the great feedback over on our Facebook page about your choice of how you listen to music on your Android device. Due to the diversity of responses, I thought it would be better if we broke these recommendations into two posts with this week’s focus on Music Players. I’ll dive into your favorite Music Service apps next week.
#4 – WinAmp/WinAmp Pro
Play Store Rating: 4.3/3.5
- Wireless Sync
- 50,000+ SHOUTcast radio stations
- In-app purchases for Album covers and lyrics
- Swipe Album art to change tracks
My thoughts: When I saw that this was in the Top 4, I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve used WinAmp for media playback in the past so it was great to see Nullsoft had created a companion app for Android. The interface is straightforward, allowing you to easy sort your music by Artist, Album, Genre, or for those more adventurous, by song title. If you have the WinAmp player installed on your desktop, you also have the ability to sync with the desktop application using a wireless connection. I would advise anyone familiar with WinAmp to give the Android version a try.
Developer: Max MP
Play Store Rating: 4.6/4.7
- 10 band graphic equilizer
- Multiple skins
- OpenGL based cover art animation
- Lyrics support
My Thoughts: PowerAmp is another nice alternative for a music player. The sleek dark interface is easy to read and navigation inside the application was smooth. The application has many common features found in other music players, but the feature I appreciated the most about PowerAmp is the ability to use themes. After using PowerAmp for a bit, I can understand why it’s on this list.
#2 – DoubleTwist
Play Store Rating: 4.4
- Magic Radio – Blends your music with suggested music from a database of 13 million songs
- Stream to you your Xbox 360, PS3, Sonos, or Apple TV
- Smart playlists for quick access to your most played songs
- Download high-quality album artwork
My Thoughts: Doubletwist is my least favorite of the music players listed here. The interface seemed a little confusing at times when attempting to navigate. An example of this is the music icon in the upper right. That’s the icon to turn on Facebook and Twitter sharing. That wasn’t very intuitive to me. The other issue I had is that some of the features such as AirSync required an additional purchase.
#1 – Google Play Music
Developer: Google Inc.
Play Store Rating: 4.0
- Allows you to store up to 20,000 songs in the cloud and stream to your device
- Google Play music purchases immediately show in the application
- Ability to save your favorite songs for offline use
- Additional web based music player
My Thoughts: I am not surprised to see Google Play Music as the top choice for music player. There are several things that I love about this application including the huge number of songs that can be stored in the cloud. The web based player is also wonderful as I’m at a desk most of the day and the convenience of playing my music through the computer is wonderful. I don’t always play music, but when I do, I use Google Play Music.
Hopefully this list helps you find a suitable music player to keep those tunes going throughout the day. It’s on to music services next week, so start sending in your suggestions via Twitter, Facebook and he comment section below. I’ll post your top 4 at the end of the week.