What are the best music players?

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  1. 24

    #1MusicBee

    MusicBee

    MusicBee is considered one of the best music player/manager for Windows. This software lets users manage, find, and play music files stored on their computer.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Mildred Greene
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "MusicBee has the feel of Spotify with the functionality of a fully customizable music player. It's like a jukebox that you personally curate. Not only can you play and organize music, you can use this amazing software to burn, rip, and create cds and playlists for your other devices. It truly is an all-in-one solution to every music need. "
  2. 22

    #2MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey

    MediaMonkey is a music player that can sync your audio files to your device. It's a good choice if you got a large and rich music library. It has free and gold versions.

    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Roy Obrien
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "MediaMonkey is great for playing music when you already have a big library established, and for synchronizing it with devices. It was great for organizing all my metadata for the oddball music I've collected from obscure sources."
  3. 20

    #3Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Alberto Campos
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "Not really a fan. The "free" version is pretty bare bones. Everything is geared towards getting you to upgrade to the paid app. The service was "buggy". I kept getting kicked out for no apparent reason and there are entirely too many ads. In addition, there a lot of Artists who will not deal with Spotify so that limits choice. I will continue using Pandora."
  1. 19

    #4AIMP

    AIMP
    AIMP is an audio player only, created by Russian main programmer Artem Izmaylov and a staff of collaborators from Russia. It's freeware and it's available for Windows XP SP3 and newer. There is also a build for Android 4.x and newer.
    Software

    Windows, Android

    Free

    Pablo Huerta
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "AIMP Is a player for android everyone needs. This strictly plays audio therefore it’s paired down to the point where you don’t have too much junk in the app. It’s amusing all android devices meaning you can take it across all platforms currently in."
  2. 16

    #5CloudBeats

    CloudBeats

    Cloudbeats is a cloud player that allows you to listen to the music you have stored in your cloud services accounts. It supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Mediafire, ownCloud, so you have wide cloud services available. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Anthony Woods
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "The IOS version of this app works well, but the Android version still has some bugs. The app is also kind of limited in what it can do, though this is intentional and not misrepresented or anything - it's not for finding or downloading music, but for streaming owned music from cloud sources. Overall, I think other music players that are more refined and that have more functionality work better for me."
  3. 15

    #6Audirvana Plus

    Audirvana Plus
    Audirvana Plus is the audiophile software which brings your Mac to the ultimate level in sound quality, making it your best transport.
    Software

    Mac

    $74- Varies by plan. Free trial available.

    Xie Fu
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I am part of a community of people that can appreciate a good music player and this is a nice design. To get all of the functionality out of it you need to pay and that is a problem as there are many free variants that do the same thing and work just as well, so I don't think it is the best. "
  4. 13

    #7Clementine

    Clementine
    Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.
    Software

    Windows, Android, Mac

    Free

    Moisés Sánchez
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This solution for best music players is a poor one. The site that hosts this product is highly cluttered. Additionally, the app has not been updated in more than a year. I feel that the app is not trustworthy and should not be placed in the group of best music players."
  5. 12

    #8VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Beverly Morrison
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "VLC media player fits the bill of a music player that I can use. It's a good solution to my problem."
  6. 9

    #9mpv

    mpv

    mpv is an open source, cross-platform media player for Mac computers. This software features GPU video decoding and on-screen controller triggered by mouse movement. mpv can also be embedded into other applications.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Angela Martin
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "MPV is a new music player that works just like Windows Media or Itunes. But to be honest, I'd rather stick with Itunes because the interface is a lot nicer looking and easier to use overall."
  7. 6

    #10Resonic

    Resonic
    Resonic is an ultra-fast audio player and sample browser, built around a big waveform view. It is extremely handy for wading through large numbers of music and sound files and is unmatched in browsing large sample or music collections fast. Every important part of Resonic is optimized for performance and usability.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Kimberly Thompson
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I was getting a little tired of iTunes so I wanted to find a different music player. I downloaded the free version of Resonic. It is a decent audio player but it's a little too technical for just playing music. I found the big wave frequency viewer to be more distracting than helpful. If I wanted to edit audio, it would be nice but since I just wanted to play my music, I would choose another player."
  8. 5

    #11Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player
    Elmedia Player is a free media player that supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more. 
    Software

    Mac

    $9.99

    Jack Hunt
    Written on January 6, 2018
    "Elemdia is a very versatile music player. Easy to use and supports just about any format there is out there. It offeres many different ways to customize your music and manage your files."
  9. 3

    #12Song Director

    Song Director
    Song Director is software that easily organizes all your music and audio files on your computer and finds, edits and plays them in one place for free.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Walter Perkins
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "Song director is a good software to organize and play your music collection. It can tag and sort your songs while you browse through and find different things to play."
  10. 1

    #13Download Mp3 Music

    Download Mp3 Music
    This app is a simple and fast mp3 music downloader, powered by Outly Limited and Jamendo. The application allows to stream and download any song for none commercial usage only. 
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Rodrigo Flores
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "Since my last app crashed I've been looking for a new reliable and fast way to download mp3's. I tried Download Mp3 Music and so far it's exactly what I have been looking for. I love it and would recommend everyone to try it out for themselves."
  11. 1

    #14foobar2000

    foobar2000

    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC, and more. It has a friendly user interface layout, and it also supports full ripping CDs.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free

    Teresa Banks
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "foobar2000 is a great freeware audio player. I can quickly rip my CDs and put them on my phone. I like the easy user interface. The advanced tagging features make it easy to organize my music collection."
  12. 1

    #15Fildo Music

    Fildo Music

    Fildo Music is a free mobile application with an elegant design which allows you to manage all your music files easily and quickly. It supports all types of files from MP3, MIDI, WAV, AAC and other audio formats. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Hanif khan
    Written on January 10, 2019
    "Fildo is an audio streaming and download app, which use third-party search ... Fildo is an Android application which allows listening audios in your android mobile!"
  13. 0

    #16Poweramp

    Poweramp

    Poweramp is a powerful music player available on the Android OS. It has features like gapless play, an unmatched equalization system, great crossfade, and support for most popular music file formats.

    Apps

    Android

    $3.99

    David Reid
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "Poweramp is awesome! This is one of the best music players that I have ever used on my phone! I love the quality of the files I play when using the app and like that I have the choice to further customize the sound quality with Poweramp's equalizer. I think that the free trial is worth it for those who have never used Poweramp. Even at it's full price, I think that this music player gives great quality for a good value."
  14. 0
    Free Trial

    #17Amazon Music

    Amazon Music

    Amazon Music is a music streaming platform and online music store operated by Amazon.com. Streaming is free with a Prime membership, it can be operated hands-free via Alexa, and Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to millions of songs. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Guo Shao
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "I have tried almost every streaming music service available and they always felt lacking. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out Amazon had their own streaming service. Their video streaming service has always been excellent so I figured trying the music service would not be risky at all. I was blown away by Amazon Music!!! They have the best music catalog I have ever seen and the interface is so user friendly. I have uploaded my entire library to Amazon and it works seamlessly. Do yourself a favor and try Amazon Music today."
  15. 0

    #18jetAudio HD Music Player

    jetAudio HD Music Player
    jetAudio is a free music player that plays almost any type of digital file. It offers high-quality sound with various effects and features an equalizer with 32 presets and lets you customize your sound experience.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jose Cunningham
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "I've been struggling to find a music player for my new Android phone. Most don't get me the customization that I need. That was the case until I started using jetAudio. As an audiophile, I've found the jackpot. The default features on my phones audio settings are sparse, but the player compensates for it, especially with its equalizer! I love it!"
  16. 0

    #19n7player Music Player

    n7player Music Player

    n7player Music Player is an intuitive audio player that gives you an innovative way to browse your music. It provides advanced features in a user-friendly interface.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Dylan Ryan
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "I have always been a stickler about maintaining the most accurate information about my music files, and this app excels where others do not. This includes auto cover downloads and the an add-on for downloading song lyrics. I am also able to listen to my .flac files without needing to downsample to a lower quality format. The interface is clean and easy to use. I have tried using the equalizer, which has many more options than I would know what to do with. The results of equalization are great. I just wish equalizer settings could be saved at the song level so I could get maximal output for each song while in random shuffle mode."
  17. 0

    #20PlayerPro Music Player

    PlayerPro Music Player

    PlayerPro Music Player is a music and video player for Android devices. It offers useful audio configuration options and users can pick several free plugins.

    Apps

    Android

    $3.99

    Nathan Owens
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "I looked at the software and it has nice color to the app that makes it stand out. The knobs on the app for tuning the base boost, volume and virtualization look as though they are easy to use and straight forward. This makes the app not to complicated to listen to music on my android."
  18. 0

    #21Pulsar Music Player

    Pulsar Music Player

    Pulsar is an intuitive and full-featured music player with material design. It supports standard music file types including MP3, AAC, FLAC, OGG, WAV and etc.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Peter Bowman
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "This is another half finished music and media manager. It doesn't have all the buttons and displays you'd expect from something playing your music, like say, the shuffle or loop button. It also seems to be able to start and stop music itself. I gave up trying to figure out the quirks this thing has written into its code almost as soon as i installed it."
  19. 0

    #22Windows Media Player

    Windows Media Player

    Windows Media Player is a media player developed by Microsoft for playing videos, movies, images or audio. Also, it has a lot of other functionalities like copying music to compact discs, synchronizing content with a digital audio player, etc. It's the most popular and recognizable media player by Windows, but it's also available for other operative systems like MacOS. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Mary Du
    Written on July 25, 2018
    "Windows Media Player is a classic one if you just want to save space and at the same time just have "that music player that actually plays music." It's a simple one and doesn't really have anything extraordinary but atleast it works."
  20. 0

    #23BlackPlayer Music Player

    BlackPlayer Music Player

    BlackPlayer is a free, elegant, and modern local music player. It's easy to use and is also one of the fastest. The app supports multiple formats such as MP3, WAV, OGG.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Rose Coleman
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "I love to listen to music and found BlackPlayer Music Player for Android. I've used it on my phone for the past week and I have to say I don't really care for it. While the design is nice, the app itself is buggy and crashes a lot. I find some of the features lacking. Also, it's very frustrating when you upload a lot of your songs and then update the app and it loses everything you had on there. I hate that so much. I would not suggest this app to anyone."
  21. 0

    #24JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center allows you to manage all the music, videos and movies you are interested in. You just have to download it and start running it. It will scan your hard disk for media files, but it also gives you the option of importing them. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $49.98- Free trial available

    Hannah Day
    Written on July 25, 2018
    "Expensive for me so I didn't dare try it LOL can anyone tell me about this music player? Haven't heard of this one yet but I googled that it works great as a music player. I just hope it's free."
  22. 0

    #25doubleTwist Music Player

    doubleTwist Music Player

    doubleTwist is a music player and podcast manager with sync functionality. Thanks to its easy interface, you don't need to jump between different apps to play your music, manage podcasts or sync iTunes playlists. You will have all of it in the same place.

    Apps

    Android, Windows

    Free

    Roger Duncan
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "I've been having to use so many different music players for my android phone, that I was about to just give up. DoubleTwist made me change my mind, by converting all the good features of multiple apps into one professional looking app. It's easy on the eyes and easy on the mind. The sync features aren't restricted to certain brands, but lets most formats and types play through."
  23. 0

    #26Rocket Music Player

    Rocket Music Player

    Rocket Music Player is a music player app with material design, 5-band equalizer, themes and a lot of personalization options. It supports various formats such as WAV, OGG, MP3, MP4, ALAC, and more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jose Evans
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "This is a great little app. Does everything I want it to, easy to use. It takes a little getting used to the interface at first, it is a little different than other music players. But well worth the time."
  24. 0

    #27Pi Music Player

    Pi Music Player

    Pi Music Player is a stunning music player, beautifully crafted with material design in mind and packed with some powerful features: built-in 5 band equalizer, 3d effects, presets, ringtone cutter, etc.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Peter Flores
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "I love Pi Music Player. It has a built in equalizer so I can create the perfect sound for my listening pleasure. It allows me to create the perfect ringtone by letting me choose the exact part of the song I want to hear when my phone rings. It also has a sleep timer so I can comfortably go to sleep listening to my music and not have to worry about my phone over heating or running out of battery."
  25. 0

    #28GO Music Player - Mp3 Player

    GO Music Player - Mp3 Player
    A free Music Player with powerful equalizer, beautiful background skins and other great features.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Richard McDonald
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "GO Music Player is great for Android users, especially those who want to be able to make the music sound how it should. I use the equalizer regularly and it allows me to make each song fit the view I have for it. I think it's a great app that everyone should download, especially audiophiles. "
  26. 0

    #29Yolo Music

    Yolo Music

    Yolo Music is an Android application. It is for playing and downloading music. It has a search engine, equalizer presets, and can download mp3 files from the web. It supports more than 10 audio file formats and can also download album art.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Hanif khan
    Written on January 10, 2019
    "Yolo Music is a powerful music player. With music engine & equalizer preset support, you can enjoy your favorite music whenever and wherever."

Summary

Best What are the best music players
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MusicBeeSoftware 24 Free
2MediaMonkeySoftware 22 Free
3SpotifyApps 20 Free
4AIMPSoftware 19 Free
5CloudBeatsApps 16 Free
6Audirvana PlusSoftware 15 Paid
7ClementineSoftware 13 Free
8VLC Media PlayerSoftware 12 Free
9mpvSoftware 9 Free
10ResonicSoftware 6 Free
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