Although your Android phone is bound to come with at least one Android media player, you may be surprised to find that many developers have worked on their own apps. Some have more benefits than your stock Android media player has, and whilst most have both benefits and negative attributes, there are only a few that remain at the top.
Here is a list of the best Android media player apps.
MX Player may look pretty barebones but it offers a greater level of functionality than most media players. MX Player has many options to turn up brightness, control volume and include subtitles (if available) right from the video player screen. The navigation menu is quite simple, but feels similar to many other mobile apps so it’s certainly not hard to use. MX Player is also very good for being able to play many different file types, so if you have a video or audio file that doesn’t play on the standard media player, MX Player may be up to the job.
VLC for Android
VLC is known in the desktop world as the do-it-all media player. If you’ve got a file that can’t be played elsewhere, VLC is definitely the first place to check. With VLC for Android, this story is very much the same. VLC for Android plays practically any audio or video file type, and can also play network streams. Despite VLC being very simple-looking on the PC, VLC for Android looks fairly good looking, and the navigation system is a lot nicer than MX Video and still manages to retain simple usage. VLC is also completely free and open source!
Winamp is the Android app for the audiophiles out there. Winamp is the first Android media player i’ve seen to introduce a wide range of equalizer options, sound profiles and other features that improve the music experience. Winamp is also free, but you can buy bonus add-ons such as the in-app lyrics feature which adds lyrics to the songs you are listening to for just $2.99.
I like Winamp because it gives you a core experience for free and allows you to buy add-ons or the Pro version to fully make the most out of your music or movies.
Double Twist is the Android app that puts all of your multimedia into one. With Double Twist you’ll be able to sync up your music, radio and podcasts, and listen to them from your device through a totally intuitive user interface.
Double Twist automatically sets up sections for different types of media and you’ll be able to easily store, manage and access any media you may want to view, whether it’s a song, a podcast, or a movie.
Like Winamp are tons of other options to add with in-app purchases, but the initial barebones app is free.
All of these apps offer a somewhat free experience, with some offering the chance to pay for upgrades. All of these media players work tremendously well, and which one you prefer will come down to your own preferences.