Earlier this week, unofficial word came out that Google wasn't happy with Music's performance to date. I attribute part of the problem to the mediocre music app, though that's something that could be remedied by the unofficial Google Music API in the near future. Despite its shortcomings, some people - myself included - use the app. Others use the app that comes stock bundled with manufacturer UIs (for example, Sense, TouchWiz, and Blur all include their own custom music players). Still others use third-party apps, available on the market or as APKs (for example, Artem uses PowerAmp).

So, what do you use to play music locally? Stock Google, stock manufacturer, or third party?

What kind of local music app do you use?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Evan

    Everything's stored on Google Music but using Offline Music Importer I can have the music I want usable thru N7music player


    PowerAMP and better Google give API support for its Music service, I am more attached to PowerAMP than I need Google Music.

  • Edward Germanotta

    I use to have ubermusic but now i'm using google music... It works pretty good

  • Nate Swanner

    Google Music just needs to get support from the record labels. It's frustrating to not have EVERYTHING you want. I can get half of some atrists' catologues. If i'm building my library, what good does half an artists' music do me?

    • Jon Garrett

      I hate the fact that Google music lists some of my artists as unknown.

      • DoomsDave

        You need to click on the little triangle and edit the information for the "Unknown artists".

  • eTiMaGo

    PowerAmp on phone, aVia media player on tablet.

    The CM9 unofficial music player is pretty sweet too.

  • jjrudey

    I use the CM9 player

  • Raphael

    I don't play music locally cos I use Audiogalaxy. I prefer the UI to google music

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com Ritesh

    PowerAmp still does it best for me. Nothing comes even close! I also have to use Google Music for obvious reasons, but, the day Google opens up the API for Music, PowerAmp will be the only one on my phone.

  • http://efetech.com.ar Federico

    PowerAMP is able to play Google Music folder. So, if I'm offline, I use it. If I'm online, I use G Music app

  • 404

    If Google Music has the features of CM9 music (play options, etc) it would be the only player I'd use

  • James

    It's not that often, but when I do play music stored on my memory card, I normally use MortPlayer Music now (a third-party app). I typically put all the songs from a CD in their own folder, named as 01-title, 02-title, etc. I was surprised at how much trouble other apps had at playing these by folder and in order. MortPlayer Music does it without any trouble at all, so at the moment, it's my preferred option for playing local music with the way I store it.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Danbaer/status/168793927879622657 Dan Baer

    Google music via wifi while Im working out. Gotta keep the data plan under control .

  • JimJam

    Google Music does what I need it to. Just a few annoyances, I wish that it didn't show my podcasts or videos. I got a response from them about this and doesn't look like they will be changing that :(

  • nullnvoid4prez

    Are you kidding? PowerAMP all the way! It still has the best features and the best UI.

  • Robert Whittaker

    I use cubed, best interface around. Nice and simple too, I don't need the extra features.

  • David w

    Cubed was great, I find Google Music mostly, Car Tunes in the car for its swiping. Used poweramp a while back could not understand the hype.

  • L boogie

    I use Power AMP most of the time on all my devices but show G music some luv from time to time

  • http://www.facebook.com/SamarthRajeev Samarth Rajeev

    I use cloudskipper... i just love their lock screen player!

  • Akshay

    Google music not available in my country

    • RajivK

      Use a proxy to sign up, all smooth sailing from there.

  • Marty

    I use and really like winamp. I simply can't use anything that works so poorly when you can't get a network connection. The worst for me was poweramp. Such a shame, because, otherwise, poweramp had the best features IMO. But when I don't have or lose my network connection, poweramp behaves absolutely terrible. Google music also relies too much on the network but isn't as bad as poweramp in that regard. I have a large, very well organized, collection of music on a 32gb card in my phone. I just want a reliable music app that doesn't rely on the network for almost anything.

  • sriracha

    i don't even have Google Music installed. i've had so many "can't stream" toasts, and "can't download" toasts i gave up entirely. i installed a google music importer and spent a day saving my music locally, then uninstalled both the importer and Music. whenever there was an update i did try it out to see if it worked any better. never did, now i don't care anymore. it's a shame really, given how many other GOOG services i use daily. i'm waiting for AP to tell me about Music when it has some revolutionary update and it finally, totally, rocks.

    until then, i use Cloudskipper. i've tried PlayerPro recently and i'm really enjoying that, too.

  • DroidBurgundy

    Subsonic + PowerAMP = WINNING

  • James

    Who needs Google Music when you have a free Deezer subscription.
    (<3 Orange)

  • Number 8

    PlayerPro all the way.

    • Naseem

      +1 this is seriously one of the best music players and sadly so underrated

    • metzalx

      PlayerPro! Had no idea it was so underrated. It's one of the only few players which would display the embedded lyrics? Love the UI of the app too!

    • shrek412

      Yeah !!! + 1 for Player Pro

  • Cory

    PowerAMP, gotta get my EQ fix

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com Deidein

    GoneMAD Music Player is fantastic, has a really cool dev, and is growing every day.

  • http://GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    Does Spotify or Pandora count?

    • marshall

      Yeah, option 4. Pandora, that's it.

  • Gekko

    i don't like to "collect" music and buy/manage/listen to the same old songs over and over again. i get sick of them quickly. music is like a bag of potato chips - it goes stale quickly. you don't want to be that douche that's stuck in the 70s/80s/90s/00s whatever. i like today's new music streamed to me fresh and randomly and for free - just like the radio - but with little/no commercials. it keeps me current and fresh. hence - i prefer Pandora.

    • Misti.xf

      I'm that douche. Mostly because today's new music, especially pop music is simply crap. I would rather listen to MJ, Queen for the 1000th time than Lady Gaga/Rihanna/Bieber/whatever once.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    I think the reason why Google Music hasn't taken off is because most Android users don't have the new Music app. Many phones with custom skins come with the OEM's own Music app. Even if a phone has the original stock Music app, it's not automatically updated. At the end, only people who follow Android news know that Google Music exists. The Music app is the entry to the Google Music service (people still have the mentality that the market is for apps) and Google ought to do more to promote its service.

    Frankly, the future is not bright because some OEM reportedly will have their own music store -- they will probably flop, but when they are trying, they will try hard not to let their customers know that Google Music exists.

  • Bill

    I highly recommend PlayerPro as well! The interface is beautiful and easy to use. It could easily be an iOS app, it looks that good. I do use google music importer to import my offline google music so I can play it in PlayerPro

  • Aritra Mukherjee

    All the way from poweramp, playerpro, doubletwist to ttpod music player, n7music player never liked the stock and google music is not installable in India.. so far, poweramp does very nice hardware acceleration, and great gapless playback, and its perfect for playing my looseless flac files. but TTPOD music player is very complete, and its free. So I am mainly sticking with it

  • Dennis Heffernan

    Google Music for me. I check with them first when I want to buy tracks and if they don't have what I want, I use iTunes.

  • MarkG

    The stock Xperia Arc S music app is brilliant (but then I expect nothing else, it's Sony).

    I just updated it with the Xperia S one, and it's even better...

  • Freak4Dell

    I used to use PowerAMP, but since I got into the Google Music beta, I've used that. I haven't stored music on my phone since that came out. Once there's an API for Google Music, I'll go back to PowerAMP if the developer implements the API, but until then, I'll keep using Google Music.

  • Rob

    None. I use an iPod for music

    • Gary

      + 1 - i've tried PowerAmp, Winamp and a couple of others, but still can't get the sound quality up to that of my ipod touch.

  • Anubis

    the music app u find in Sense is just brilliant imo the one in sense 2.1 was good, the one in 3.0 was great, the one in 3.5 was a bit of a step back imo but still pretty neat ^^

  • Josh

    I think the biggest issues are: 1) A lot of artists/albums are unavailable due to licensing. 2) Spotify is $10/month. 1 album to stream anywhere or ANY number of albums to stream anywhere? Economic option wins.

  • Elimental

    MIUI music app with music stored on the SD card. Simplicity of iDevices with EQ functionality, also because its free.

    Outside of the US so no access to Google Music.

    • RajivK

      You can use a US proxy to sign up for Google Music, after that it will work without proxy. I've been using it since the beta launched and am outside of the US as well.

  • http://www.mibapps.com/ Avi

    I use the amazing MIUI music app ripped for CM7. However, for online music it's Google Music all the way. I keep a small subset locally now and the rest online. In truth, once I push "play" I really couldn't care less which player it is. People spend way too much time thinking about this stuff. All music apps have the same basic features and that's usually enough for me.

  • nymphetamine

    PlayerPro owns any other music player app, period. PlayerPro FTW!

  • mr_wilkins

    I've been using Cloudskipper since it was released. Great little player.

  • SoWhy

    I've been using PlayerPro for almost two years now and I have not regretted it since. :-)

  • Deltaechoe

    I've been using poweramp since shortly after it appeared on the market, and it's still the best music player for android (in my opinion)

  • Christopher

    Power Amp for me. Tried everything, nothing else comes close.

  • Carlos Paixao

    PowerAMP, of course.

  • Chris Bozsik

    I use Sony's stock music player, it's really well made imo.

  • thx84

    I use Gmusic ever since I got ICS, before I used 3 (cubed) because of the lockscreen controls

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    I use google music for 3 reasons
    1. the buttons in notification bar
    2. the buttons on the lockscreen
    3. every song i put on my computer is instantly on my phone and I dont have to waste space

  • Seth

    I'm just too lazy to sync my phone up for whatever new music i add to my library... so Google Music is the answer for me. :-) Although it's always had an annoying skipping and buffering issue for me when playing the first song in a playlist...

  • DaveJFT

    I use either Doubletwist or WinAMP (usually Doubletwist because of the unlock screen) with Equalizer but only because Google Music doesn't do Play Queues, only Play Lists which are too phaffy for me.

  • Letifer

    I used to play my music with PlayerPro, but now i've installed N7 Music player, and i have to say it's the best!.

    I use Google Music Player just for the online music.

  • Nathaniel Webb

    So, 91% of respondants do not use the stock music player. What does this tell you OEMs? MIUI music for local, Google Music for streaming on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • Dave

    It's sensor music player for me unless I'm on the move, in which case my walking triggers 'skip' and I use the stock HTC player instead.

  • http://twitter.com/RobLives4Love Rob Wilson

    I prefer PlayerPro - the only player I know of that has HD album art.