5 Best Google Play Music Alternatives

For nine years, Google Play Music was the default music player app on Android smartphones. It was a minimal app that efficiently did its job. But, Google decided to discontinue it and it is no longer available. Google wants you to switch to YouTube Music, but, it is hardly the same thing as Google Play Music. Hence, if you don’t want to switch to YouTube Music, then here are the 5 best Google Play Music alternatives that offer similar features and experience.

5 Best Google Play Music Alternatives

VLC

With over 1.5 million users, VLC is the most popular Google Play Music alternative on this list. You might be familiar with the VLC desktop version. VLC for Android is equally efficient. It is a minimal app that focuses on providing a seamless listening experience. It supports MKV, MP4, FLAC and OGG among other media formats. VLC kills two birds with one stone as it is an excellent video player app as well. Media experts can utilise internet streams, DVD ISOs, and disk sharing features as well. The app also supports multi-track audio and subtitles. There is gesture control for volume, brightness and seeking. VLC is free with neither ads nor in-app purchases.

AIMP

AIMP

AIMP is a good Google Play Music alternative. It supports 25 media formats including AAC, MP3, MP4 and WAV. The app offers balance control, playback speed control, 29-band graphic equalizer and sleep timer. There are various themes - light, dark, black, day and night - that enable personalisation. The app interface can be further customised. The app also has automatic detection of tags encoding, multiple playlists, album arts and lyrics support. You can control playback via gestures, headset and volume buttons. AIMP is an excellent no-fuss music player app.

Musicolet

Musicolet

Musicolet gives the same impetus to the visual experience as to the audio one. The interface is both cool and user-friendly. The other feature that the app focuses on queues. It is easy to create queues making the app ideal for those with huge music libraries. You can also create/manage queues while listening to songs from another queue. The in-app tag editor lets you edit tags and album-arts. Other handy features are embedded lyrics, gapless playback, sleep timers and stunning widgets. Ah, almost forgot to add Android Auto support. One more thing, Musicolet is ad-free with neither ads nor in-app purchases.

Poweramp

Poweramp

With over 1.3 million users, Poweramp is one of the most popular Google Play Music alternatives. The interface is cool and minimal. Different themes offer personalisation options. It is fast, efficient and provides an excellent listening experience. Navigating through your tracks and albums is easy. The search feature is fast and efficient. You can use the unique Direct Volume Control (DVC) for extended dynamic range and deep bass. The app also offers gapless playback, crossfade, tag editing and a 10 band optimized graphical equalizer. It also supports Android Auto, Google Assistant and Chromecast.

Pulsar Music Player

Pulsar Music Player

One of the best Google Play Music alternatives, Pulsar Music Player is a completely free app loaded with exciting features. Its Material Design is user-friendly and suave. Fast Search helps you quickly find tracks across albums, artists and songs. Tracks are appropriately categorised based on albums, artists and genre. Smart playlists with most played, recently played and newly added tracks make discovery easier. The app also offers handy features such as gapless playback, lyrics display, crossfade, play speed adjustment, tag editing, last.fm scrobbling and music visualiser. The app supports Chromecast, Google Voice and Android Auto. The best part is that Pulsar is entirely ad-free.

Jim has a bachelor in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds. When he is not writing tech articles he enjoys photography 📷 and traveling 🚂.