Android has been pretty weak in the multimedia department when it first got released, having almost no audio and video codecs besides the basic ones and no good media player apps on the marketplace. That posed quite a problem for a young OS that was meant for the mass market.
But fortunately, things started changing once the operating system became more mainstream. More and more developers started working on apps for the users, and of course, multimedia was a big requirement for them. That’s why now, almost 2 years later, we have a lot of great media players, both for music and video, on the Android marketplace. There are actually about a hundred such apps, but most of them failed to get any traction. Below are those that succeeded and became the top media player apps for Android.
PowerAMP. Poweramp looks very promising and might very well be the best music player for Android and power users. It looks pretty simple, but packs a lot of advanced features under the hood. It has a great, professional looking interface with knobs and buttons that are easy to use, and it supports most of the popular music formats on the market, including Mp3, mp4, ogg, flac, and others, using its own codecs to play them, so you don’t need to worry about any incompatibilities. It also has support for tags, skins and widgets, and has a great integrated equalizer.
Winamp. Winamp is without a doubt, the best music player for Windows. It has a lot of features, and yet is able to neatly hide them under drop down menus and maintain a very simple interface (which you can also switch for a more complicated one if you want to be able to control everything). No other player has the collection of plugins and skins that Winamp has, and that makes it even better. And now, all this goodness will be available for Android, too! The new Winamp Beta for Android looks great and has all the features you might need, including the unique ability to have a widget on the lock screen, so you can control your player with the phone locked and the possibility to sync the songs and playlists with its desktop version, so if you’re using it, then you should definitely download this Android app.
MixZing. Touted as the most advanced media player around, MixZing certainly has enough features to back that statement. It supports most of the popular music and video formats and codecs in use, and has the ability to use tags, has an integrated graphic equalizer, a home screen widget, and a useful lyrics and album art search function. On top of that, the interface is pretty simple and easy to use on a touch screen device.
Meridian Player. This is a pretty good advanced music and video player that supports most of the formats out there and has enough features to satisfy even the most demanding users. It has the ability to search lyrics for your favorite songs, edit ID3 tags, sort the files by rating, play a variety of codecs, including ape, mp4 and flac, and have a widget on the home screen for easy and quick access to the main controls. If you need a stable video/music player that is full of features, Meridian is one of the best choices.
Astro Player. Astro Player is a powerful media player for all kinds of formats, which has a lot of features to offer to anyone who needs them. It supports almost every video and music formats out there, and has advanced bookmarks functionality, integrated audio books and podcast support, and other useful features. It can create playlists automatically based on folders, genres, artists, albums and any combination of them. You have access to skins, online streaming, online search for lyrics, ID3 tags and album arts, and much more. In short, it is really worth checking out, especially when it’s totally free.
As you can see, Android doesn’t lack media players anymore. Phones and tablets using this OS can now play any kind of file format in any kind of encoding without any problems, and that is a good thing, since the users don’t have to mess around with converters (which take time and system resources) and have headaches just trying to get their favorite music or movies to play on their device. If you were having such problems, be sure to check out at least a couple of the above media apps – I’m sure you’ll quickly find a great solution.