Are you looking to blast some tunes through your smartphone's loudspeaker or your earphones? You'll need a music player for that, and it's probably safe to say that the one available on your device by default is nothing more than 'acceptable'.
Indeed, many of us want players that go beyond the basics (you know, playing back songs), so features are an important factor when choosing one. And while that's true, some of us still prefer a simple-to-use, no-nonsense players, like Google's Play Music app (which now comes pre-loaded on a number of devices). In the slideshow below, we've picked 8 different players that somewhat differ in their purpose -- some are services that allow you to browse, listen, and purchase music from a central server or locally (e.g. Google Play Music), while other have a ton of extras fitted into them and offer local playback (i.e. songs on your phone).
So, once again, are you looking to blast some tunes on your smartphone? The music player apps we've picked for your are as good a starting point as any. Take a look.
* Players arranged in no specific order.
8 Android music player apps
8 Android music player apps
Shuttle is not the most popular player on the Play Store, but its small community seems to love it.
Shuttle offers lockscreen controls (Ice Cream Sandwich and above), notification controls, widgets, album and artist artwork downloads, and gestures support.
The Beat - cloud & music player is for those of you who are looking for an app that is both feature-rich, but also beautiful.
The devs behind the app boast that you can customize the experience in order to make it "your personal player". As noted in its name, the app also allows you to stream music directly from your cloud provider (DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Google Drive), and also offers floating controls.
With tens of millions of downloads, it's safe to say that the PowerAmp Music Player app has made a splash with Android users.
PowerAmp offers support for a diverse list of audio files, has a sophisticated equalizer, along with lyrics support and search, a number of widgets, and many others.
Some of us can't be bothered with all the fluff that is available with feature-filled players, and for those there's always Google's Play Music app. The app is simple, allows you to playback songs from your local library, and you can always purchase new tunes, should you feel so inclined.
And yes, that does mean that features are scarce, so stay away if you're looking for very specific perks.
doubleTwist is another music player app that is conscious of design, and that's plainly visible.
But it's also a lot more. For example, doubleTwist brings you free podcasts on a number of topics, allows you to sync your existing iTunes library seamlessly with your Android device, and has support for AirPlay.
Rocket Music Player is another veteran of Android's music listening arena, and it caters to both basic and advanced users.
Rocket allows you to customize its look with themes, supports streaming to Chromecast, can embed lyrics, and can be controlled through the lockscreen.
With an average rating of 4.6/5, it's safe to say that something about the n7player Music Player has users hooked. And it's probably not because of its dated design.
More likely, it's because of the extensive control you get over the sound that comes out of your smartphone. You've got sophisticated equalizer controls, bass booster, album art downloads, lyrics support, and widgets.
When you download the trial version of the PlayerPro Music Player, you have 10 days to enjoy it for free, before you have to pay up.
PlayerPro works with a number of plugins -- some will customize its theme, others will add widget support and a DSP pack. PlayerPro also automatically downloads album art, has support for lyrics, and offers lockscreen controls.