It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that listening to songs help in uplifting our mood, howsoever sour it is. And thanks to online music streaming apps, all you have to do is search for the right song to set the right mood. But imagine a situation when your internet connection is out, what do you do then? Well, that's when offline songs and music apps come to the rescue.
All you need is an excellent collection of songs and a great music player on your Android phone to slip into the no-internet zone.
However, very few phones bundle decent music players. Hence, we decided to collate the Android offline music apps that we enjoy as well as many others. We will be talking about six of such great audio player apps for Android.
In this post, we haven't included some of the popular music apps like PowerAMP, SoundCloud and Pi Player. The PowerAMP hasn't seen a single update in the last two years. Secondly, the odds that you already know about them is pretty good. (**virtual wink**).
Note: Please note that we at Guiding Tech neither condemn nor condone piracy. It is your responsibility to follow the law of your land and not obtain or download copyright multimedia content illegally.
Also, while most of the music apps do have all the popular tracks, they don't have everything under the sun. Say, for instance, I have to resort to Gaana (the Indian version of Spotify?) to listen to Adele's 21 just because Play Music doesn't have that particular album's audio tracks. With offline music apps, you can collect every song under an umbrella and listen to them in all their glory.
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1. Shuttle Music Player
If you are someone who loves minimalistic app designs, you'll fall in love with the Shuttle Music Player. It has a clean interface which you can navigate through gestures. You'll find familiar features like Genres, Artists, Albums, Playlists, and Edit Tags.
A notable feature of this app is its support for Chromecast. Though it's a paid feature (about $2.5), it helps Shuttle stand out starkly from the rest. Another cool thing about Shuttle is its built-in themes and customization features. You can tweak the settings to paint the app in the colors of the current playing song. Aside from that, you can activate Sleep when you want the music to stop after a specified interval.
Furthermore, there's a 6-band equalizer and the option to display (embedded) lyrics. Also, you can multi-select songs to add them a playlist or to your playing queue, which comes in handy a lot.
As for the file formats, as long as your phone recognizes them, so will Shuttle.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense feature-rich audio player, you should give GoneMAD a try. Its clean interface draws the inspiration from Google's Material Design. Though GoneMAD carries a white and blue theme, you can further customize it. And guess what? GoneMAD features a 12-band equalizer, 16 different presets and supports all the major audio file formats such as FLAC, MP3, WAV and MPC.
Aside from the above GoneMAD also offers other features like DSP limiter, Audio Pitch correction, and Bass Boost. But what I loved the most about this app are its Smart Folders, which as the name suggests lines up your most frequently played music. And that's not all. You can also create folders and then add your own rules. Similar to email rules, you can specify the name of the artist, song and the condition, and the app will add the tracks that match the rules to the folder.
You can also create folders and then add rules
GoneMAD has an intuitive interface, and everything can be accessed through left/right swipes, or from the swipeable left menu.
BlackPlayer is one of my favorites when it comes to offline music apps. I love its dark interface and the large tabs. What sets it apart from the rest are the customization settings — be it the interface or the song play, it lets you tweak it as per your convenience.
BlackPlayer provides all the necessary features of a music player such as Playlist, Equalizer, Lyrics, Bassboost and Gapless Playback, among others. It supports file formats like OGG, MP3, WAV, FLAC and also has a built-in 5-band equalizer and 10 amazing presets.
Moreover, this app supports a variety of file formats, and you won't have issues in playing songs from your private collection.
Stellio Player is the newest kid in the block. Launched in June 2018, this music player boasts of several distinctive features such as a 12 band equalizer and more than 10 different presets. Plus, it also has support for FLAC. To add to it, Stellio has several contextual controls like automatically starting the playback when headphones are plugged or changing the track when you press the volume rockers.
Overall, it's a beautiful and intuitive app. It can play FLAC, MP3, M4A, and other files. My only gripe is that there are a couple of ads in between, which may sour your experience a bit.
JetAudio has a very dated interface and the interface resemblances something from the early 2000s.
But if you are an audiophile and don't care much about the interface, you might like its customizable 10-band equalizer, AM3D Audio Enhancer (paid), and Bongiovi DPS (paid). Moreover, it lets you choose from plenty of presets, or you can choose to make a custom preset.
JetAudio allows you to navigate through the songs with gestures. However, you may find a couple of intrusive ads in between, which you can remove if you upgrade to the pro version. Another benefit of the upgrade is that it opens your world to whopping 20-band equalizer settings.
Last but not least, we have the AIMP music player. If you recollect, AIMP used to be a top-rated music player for Windows. In terms of UI, AIMP doesn't offer much. It has a flat interface and doesn't have much support for gestures. However, what it does offer is the support for plenty of file formats and a plethora of features. For example, you can modify the sampling rate or play around with multi-channel files.
If you are someone who doesn't fiddle with a music app's interface once the settings are in place, the chances are that you'll love this app. And did I mention there are integrated headset controls?
Is your cellular data pack getting over? An unexpected stretch of an internet outage? The smartphones have become pretty much useless without their elixir called data connectivity. However, you can change that. Download songs legally from services such as iTunes and you can load a good collection your phone in such situations. Top it up with a great offline music player app, and you can ride out this period with a smile.