In ancient Greece, Apollo was—among other things—the god of music. In ancient 2012, Apollo became the official music app for CyanogenMod. It was gorgeous, functional, and completely customizable, as you might expect from the world's most popular ROM. At the time, we were told that this lovely bit of software would be coming to the Market "in the coming weeks." That was back when we still called it the Market. Today, though, Apollo is available on the Play Store.

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The player comes in two flavors: regular, and +. Apollo+ removes ads and offers quicker updates for a mere $0.99. On the subject of future updates, there are a number of features that are promised to come soon, including tablet support, concert info, customizable widgets and notifications, and "Google Dream" (we suppose they mean Daydream) support. For those wondering, gapless playback isn't a planned feature, it's a current one. Hooray!

You can grab either the free Apollo or the $0.99 Apollo+ via the widgets below. If you're running CyanogenMod, the player probably came bundled as a stock app. If you want to install this one for whatever reason, you may need to disable the stock app in Settings, or live with two identical icons in your drawer.

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  • Brian Walker

    My problem with Apollo is I can't stream from Google music. All of Mr music is in the cloud.

    • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

      ^^ this ^^

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    • WestIndiesKING

      same here brother. I think google doesnt plan on puttin out API's for that anytime soon

    • lebel

      Yeah, I even went as far as freeze Apollo on my Nexus 7 running Cyanogenmod so that Google Music handles everything music-related.

    • SetiroN

      How can you complain about something that's technically impossible? Meh.

      • Brian Walker

        Oh I'm not saying Apollo needs to change, just that I can't justify using it. If I store all of my music on my phone, where am I going to keep all of these nandroid backups???

        • jsk225

          I've heard people talk about saving room for nandroid backups before and have always wondered why save more that the past couple, how far back would you need to go in case of an emergency? Serious question, not trying to be a smartass.

          • Brian Walker

            I actually only ever hold on to the last 2, then there's room for my actual app backups (if your backup doesn't exist twice, it doesn't exist). On my phone I've got plenty of room to put a bunch of music, but I don't like to limit my selection in case my mood changes, so I just leave it all on Google Music. I have about 70GB on my computer at home, so there's no way I could take all of that with me, at least not on a phone without removable storage (GNex)

          • Ken Gorab

            70 gigs? That sure sounds like a lot of money spent on legal music there, right?

          • Brian Walker

            Believe it or not, yeah. I ripped all of my CDs from my collection as high quality MP3s recently, which took up a lot of space.

          • JG

            CDs have been out for 30 years so while the collective cost would still be high, one new album per month over the 30 or so years could do it.... It's not like he went out and dropped $16.8k (assuming 99c per 3.5MB song) to buy everything from Google Music/iTunes.

            And there are several methods of acquiring music for free legally. Starbucks have iTunes cards to let you download a song for free, and during Christmas time iTunes also has a 12 Days of Christmas special where they give away downloads of various songs. Google has a Free Song Of The Day section & offer numerous other free downloads. After SXSW they distribute a free & legal torrent of the music - 2011 & 2012 together are just over 12GBs, almost a quarter of his library... One of my brothers & a few of my mates are in their own respective bands that often do their own songs & occasionally pass me a complimentary copy of their albums....

          • Nevi_me

            In my country a CD is still cheaper than buying an album online. I rip my music at the highest bit rate. I only listen to about 5 artists, and my collection is at 9gigs.

          • hldc1

            It's not difficult to have gigs and gigs of legal music. I have more than 6,000 CDs in my collection. I like CDs, but I stopped buying them sometime last year. I have only ripped about 25% of my collection to my computer and I'm sitting at approximately 200 GBs.

          • setspeed

            I have at least 100GB of legally obtained royalty-free music downloaded from various music blogs and sites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud. That's in addition to my other music.

      • GazaIan

        How is it technically impossible? There are already a couple apps out (for iOS at least) that allow Google Music Streaming. Considering there is no official API I'm a bit hesitant to use it, but from the reviews it seems legit.

    • http://www.androidheadlines.com/ Alexander Maxham

      same here!

    • Sqube

      Is there any app other than the official app that can?

      • Brian Walker

        Nope, Google hasn't release the API. I can understand why, it's their store. Why give that up?

      • Justin W

        Not an app on the Android, at least, not one that I've been able to find. I did find a software application for Windows that does the same, but it's basically a mini-browser within it's own window, with no accessible address bar.

    • QwietStorm

      Haha great avatar

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    >If you want to install this one for whatever reason, you may need to disable the stock app in Settings, or live with two identical icons in your drawer.

    There is a good reason to install this, and it's because this version is further ahead, in terms of development, than the one bundled with CM. It also receives faster updates, especially if you only use the stable CM builds.

  • lordmerovingian

    Played with this on CM10 on my S3 briefly (back on TWiz) and can't see what the big deal is really. Play Music and Samung's Music Player, i find much better and fluid. My take.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rahulkadukar Rahul Kadukar

    Can someone tell me what is so awesome about this Music player that the Google Music player does not have

    • Will Tisdale

      It's CM of course, which is why the CM shills writing for AP are making a big deal about it.

      It seems fairly 'meh' to me though tbh. I can't see anything special about it.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ondrej.vagner Ondřej Vágner

        Agreed. Pretty much the only "completely customizable" part it has over the stock Google Music player I could find was changing the theme colours. Apart from that, no support for album artist (do you seriously expect me to mislabel my soundtracks just so I can have a clean collection?) and a random landscape-portrait switching (on TF300 with the dock, I tapped on an artist and the app forced me into portrait mode, not cool). I'm sticking with the stock.

  • garychencool

    I know it's all new-ish but I like my PowerAMP better.

  • Wolf
  • I should get a real job.

    Functional and completely customizable? PFFT. That sounded like such a generic statement. It most definitely was neither of those things. It worked okay, but the options were so limited in comparison to any other music app. I remember when Apollo dropped, you could not even choose your Music files location so it scanned to whole SD. Aaand no, using .nomedia files isn't the solution - in case anyone jumps to that argument. Is it still like this? Would not be surprised, but, I'm always fine with being proven wrong.

    I know it doesn't matter much at all, but still, complimenting it so heartily felt like you really phoned it in.

  • http://twitter.com/Denniouslex Dennious

    Apollo needs an Equalizer... Dsp Manager,Awsomebeats..

    • Nevi_me

      It doesn't. DSP manager does that, if I'm wrong then ignore me :)

      • http://twitter.com/Denniouslex Dennious

        Yes, but in Stock roms theres no EQ, nor Dsp or Beats,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505212773 Mike Guidotti

    would be great if it supported .wma for some reason I ripped a bunch of music in that format.

  • KingRando

    Apollo is nice, but it's too simplistic and feature lacking. I'll stick to poweramp.

  • Andrew Townsend

    I know its super shallow but I didn't even get into Apollo on CM10 mostly because I didn't like the icon, and also I just didn't like the fact it was bundled..

    Having said that I understand why its there.

  • JeffColorado

    Nice UI...but no gesture support? Really? I suppose beggars can't be choosers, but Poweramp kicks the crap out of this app.

  • DaveNull

    Hopefully CM will now ditch Apollo from CM10.1 onward. Even though the code was released in CM repo, it was never really open for outside improvement.

    There is absolutely no excuse for Apollo not to use cover art from id tags.