From the moment it was released, Poweramp has been one of the most beloved music players on Android. While it doesn't have that Google cloud magic, the developer has done a great job of keeping the app fresh with updates. This most recent update really piles on the goodies, too.

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The developer has added some neat features for users of a few select devices. If you're on Android 4.2, Poweramp now has a proper lockscreen widget. There is also experimental support for Samsung's MultiWindow mode, which is cool if you've got a Galaxy Note II or some versions of the Galaxy S III. Check below for the full list of changes:

  • 524: fixed issue with 3rd party skins flashing
  • updated localizations. Huge thanks to all crowdin.net translators!
  • Route Media action bar button (JB 4.1.2+)
  • JB 4.2+ lockscreen widget
  • MusicFX API support (Settings-Audio-Advanced Tweaks)
  • Huawei Dolby Mobile support (where available)
  • full support for skins on JB+
  • experimental multiwindow support for Samsungs
  • Poweramp lockscreen rotation (large screens)
  • fix for playlist/library being reset sometimes
  • few other issues fixed

Of course, Poweramp still has the huge assortment of EQ and playback settings, as well as scrobbling, themes, multiple widgets, and tag editing (among other things). The trial is free, but a license will cost you $3.99.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • mesmorino

    Much better than that ridiculous Google music player

    • primalxconvoy

      Anything made by Google should be considered "beta". After all, it's probably why they keep everything open; so other devs can clean up their mess with 3rd party apps.

    • Matthew Fry

      Agreed but the number of songs I play on my tablet/phone from storage is 0 so Google Music it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeadPlasmaCell Dan Garcia

    "While it doesn't have that Google cloud magic"

    Maybe one sweet day.. Until then I'll stick with Google Music.

  • squiddy20

    As far as I can tell, in either of the lockscreen options, the only thing that has changed is it now beeps when pausing/resuming or changing tracks when using the "ICS Lock Screen". Otherwise, it is the exact same as it's been for the past few months at least.

    • Rix

      There is now a lockscreen widget you can add separately

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Still the best music player for Android.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Loved this player...too bad it can't do Google Music.

  • primalxconvoy

    Did they ever fix the bug that, after a user skipped several tracks, the apps internal media scanner would get messed up by Google's internal scanner, causing the app to cease playback of all tracks? The only way to "fix" it was to force stop the Google media scanner, which would start a chain reaction for any other media apps, like photo views and video players etc.

    That's why I stuck with the only slightly better Mixzing.

  • Jon Garrett

    this app is so ugly and unorganized. they menu is a mess, playlists are a nightmare and the UI is just terrible.

  • john ellis

    As for that bug for the previous Power amp original to power amp 5.02 you all know that jacket still use that to go through your security to steal all song and lock you out of it that bug is a old theft that still has to be corrected it also affects iPhone and blackberry the old access ram from old boot disks remember its a ram not a hard drive that still the prob