PowerAMP is my favorite Android music player - that's no secret. In fact, according to our recent poll, it is yours too, as PowerAMP is currently leading it at 39%. Appearing seemingly out of nowhere about a month ago, this EQ-enabled program with a stunning UI managed to win the hearts of tens of thousands of people, reaching 50,000 downloads in a matter of days.

A slightly lesser known fact, however, is that the Market version is actually a time limited 15-day trial (the Trial part of the Market name kind of gives it out), but the developer, Max Petrov (or simply Max MP), assured us we'd have the full version before the trial expiration.

Today, true to his word, Max unleashed a new version of the base application together with the full, paid version in the form of an unlocker for the previously expected price of $4.99 (though, strangely enough, I was charged California sales tax due to Max's publisher residing in Malibu). Considering the high polish and quality of PowerAMP, and the fact that Max spent over 6 months developing it, I think it's a fair price to pay.

I already invested about half of year on it and I can only keep that quality, performance and develop it further if it becomes my full time job  it's not a hobbyist project like many on Android market

- Max said to Android Police in a comment.

What's New

Here is the changelog for the latest version. My favorite feature is related to the headset button, yet again - this time, a triple click that acts as a Previous song button was added:

Changelog for build 230:
- Full Version is now available on Market
- All Artist Songs via header in Artists->Albums list
- Shuffle by Artist/Album/Genre selection for main SHUFFLE button
- Further reduced pause between tracks
- Option to enable “return to player” button in Folders/Library
- Option to hide Equalizer Deck in portrait mode
- .aac files now also recognized
- Triple press support for headset button

Known issues:
- HTC Tattoo can lag on APE files
- on devices without FPU, some compressed mp4/wma files may lag

Bug fixes:
- better Bluetooth headset support for 2.2
- better album art handling
- better database handling
- better Lock Screen/Direct Unlock support for some devices, like HTC Hero and Samsung Galaxy S
- fixed issue with slow seek in long mp3 files
- bug: sometimes playlist doesn’t update current track position
- bug: headset buttons handled by PowerAMP even if headset support is disabled
- bug: invalid sample rate detection for some vbr mp3 files resulted in faster playing
- bug: F/C in Genres list
- bug: Genres list shown invalid files number
- other bug and stability fixes



In order to get the full version, you will need the base app and the unlocker, available below.

Base app (free):

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxmpz.audioplayer

Unlocker ($4.99):

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maxmpz.audioplayer.unlock

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.gmbhnews.com mobile android news

    nice music player, never used it, from the review, I'll give a try, it seems to be a very good alternative.

  • D

    It's ok but not as spectacular as you keep posting. I'll stick with what I have.

    • http://www.hollercentral.com boomdraw

      F that, this player is pure awesomeness! Everyone should have it.

  • http://twitter.com/binghypo Bing Hypotenuse

    This is the Android music player I've been looking for. I used Pocket Tunes for years on Palm OS and then WinMo, and the NormSoft folks set the bar pretty high for phone/PDA music players. PowerAMP meets PT's level of quality. I'll gladly pay $5 for this. Thanks for the great work Max, I hope you're able to make a living off PowerAMP for awhile!

    • pax

      What a chomp!!!

  • BDub

    I sort of like PowerAmp, however, from what I can see, I still prefer WinAmp over this one. What I don't like about PowerAmp, which WinAmp, does have are the following: Larger album art picture/options on lockscreen. Also, I like the fact that you can add albums to the play que. You can't do this in PowerAmp, or at least, it's not so noticeable. I'm sticking with WinAmp.

  • pax

    Way too expensive for a player without compelling advantage over other players. At this price, where is cross fading as well as gapless play back? Lithium music player does both at half price with a very modern UI. Winamp does a much better job delivering sound quality and it is free. Mixzing is as expensive but provides free clips and a much smoother interface. $2.99 I may buy it, $4.99 and forget about it. Just because he spent 6 months to develop the app, it is not a good reason to price it as such.

  • David Glen

    $4.99 is a more than fair price for such a high quality sound. I've tried loads of others and none of them come close to the sound quality of poweramp. To me sound quality is the most important aspect of a music player, and none of the other players even have an equaliser so that is a massive plus point for poweramp. The difference in sound quality between poweramp and the others is so noticeable that $4.99 is a small price to pay.

  • anthony coons

    I like the installed droid 2 player, but the PowerAmp is way superior. EQ and the interface is simple and effective. $5 was a good investment, my friends like it to, just to cheap to spend money on a application. I say good job and as long as updates keep coming to make it better all the time, it will be a massive success. Love it myself.

  • Michael Walker

    I just purchased the product love it. However why can't I play all the songs on my phone? It is kind of strange? I have a Motorola Droid razr xt912.

  • Michael Walker

    I just purchased the product love it. However why can't I play all the songs on my phone? It is kind of strange? I have a Motorola Droid razr xt912.