Music apps

The best music apps and tools to maximize your listening experience


We already have listings for music streaming and music player apps. However, there are other types of music apps. There are apps that help you organize your physical collection, find lyrics, identify songs, and even convert playlists from one streaming service to another. With so many ways to interact with music, we wanted to make another list with some additional apps that could be a little more fun in a different way. Here are the best music apps for Android.

The best music apps for Android


Audiomack

Price: Free / $ 4.99 per month

Audiomack is a musical discovery tool. It has a ton of mixtapes, albums, singles and other music from various genres including Afropop, Reggae, R&B, rap, hip-hop and more. You can stream the music as much as you want or download it for your personal listening. The free version offers online streaming with ads or you can get everything ad-free for $ 4.99 per month. It’s actually quite competitive. Other apps in this space include Reverbnation and SoundCloud. It is a music streaming application. However, it focuses on the indie side of things rather than the most mainstream music you can find.


Change the image of the playlist

Price: To free

Change the screenshot of the playlist image

Change Playlist Image is a simple application for Spotify users. You log into your Spotify with the app, then you can edit your playlists. It allows you to edit the name, description and image of the playlist. These changes are reflected in the current Spotify app. It’s one of the many Spotify management apps out there, but we like this one for its simplicity and for filling a gap in the app itself. Those who miss the Spotify widget can also try this app.

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CLZ Music

Price: Free trial / $ 14.99 per year

Screenshot of CLZ Music

CLZ Music is an organization application for your physical media. You can index and categorize your CDs and discs so you can keep track of everything you own. Plus, you can scan barcodes for faster organization and sync your collection between devices. In addition, you can search for items by their catalog number or by name with the application database. The price seems high, but it’s year-round rather than monthly, so it’s pretty reasonable. Discogs is another great app in this space, although Discogs is mostly just for vinyl records.


Google Assistant

Price: To free

Screenshot of the Google 2020 app

Google Assistant is a bit of a homer’s choice, but it’s honestly great for music fans. You can search for things like lyrics and the Assistant can also find YouTube videos or play songs and playlists on a variety of streaming services. However, we put it here for its musical recognition. You can ask Google Assistant to identify a song and it will usually do a good job with it. It gives you quick access to all music information on the internet, making it a handy tool.

See also: Google Assistant Guide: Get the Most Out of Your Virtual Assistant


MediaMonkey

Price: Free / $ 2.49

MediaMonkey is one of the best music player apps

MediaMonkey is a local music player, but it does a lot more than that. There is also a desktop variant available for Windows and the two work together iTunes style. You can manage your library on the computer and synchronize it with your device. It works on a cable as you would expect or you can also configure the app to sync over WiFi. WiFi syncing works quite well although it struggles a bit with larger collections. However, if you want a mobile and desktop experience for your music and want them to work together, MediaMonkey is probably your best bet.


Musixmatch

Price: Free / $ 3.99 per month / $ 35.99 per year

Musixmatch screenshot

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Musixmatch is a lyrics app and it’s one of the few that works quite well. It supports a variety of streaming services with a floating bar that shows you the lyrics of the songs you are listening to. Plus, it has offline lyrics, YouTube support, Wear OS support, and Chromecast support. It also ticks a lot of other boxes. The big complaint with this one is the advertising. Musixmatch has some of the most obnoxious ads we’ve seen on a music app. You can pay a subscription to remove them and we wish that subscription was a little cheaper, but these are the breaks. Otherwise, it’s pretty good.

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Playlistmania

Price: To free

Playlistmania screenshot - best new Android apps

Playlistmania is our dark horse pick for this listing. It’s relatively new and can do a lot of cool stuff with your music. The principle is quite simple. It wants to help you add new playlists by converting playlists from other sources in your music player. Unfortunately, it only directly supports Deezer and Spotify at the time of writing. However, we expect this list to grow over time. You can also share playlists and add your own playlists. It’s a good idea and we hope the app will support more music streaming services.


Plex

Price: Free / $ 0.99 / $ 3.99 per month

Plex 2021 screenshot

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Plex is probably your best option for streaming your local music to your phone without a streaming service. It’s a bit complicated to set up. You create the server on your computer and then stream the content from your computer to your phone. From there, you can stream music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and other media. The app also includes support for Chromecast as well as direct support for TIDAL’s HiFi subscription for your audiophiles. Subsonic and Google Play Music (until Google kills it in late 2020) are also decent options for this stuff, but Plex easily does it better than its competition.

See also: The best musician apps for Android


Shazam

Price: To free

Screenshot of Shazam 2021

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Shazam is one such app that has received most of its popularity in the past. However, it is still useful for music fans today. It works much like Musixmatch. You use the app to identify the song you are currently listening to. However, the app also includes lyrics, related tracks (for discovery purposes), and streaming services where the song is available. This last feature is a bit unnecessary since everything is pretty much available everywhere these days, but we like the idea. The app includes direct support for Apple Music and Spotify as well as offline mode. It’s free, so we like it a bit more than Musixmatch, but both do a pretty good job.


Youtube music

Price: Free / $ 9.99 per month

YouTube Music 2021 screenshot

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YouTube Music is a surprisingly powerful music streaming service. You get all the benefits of a streaming service while getting all the benefits of YouTube. You can listen to music, watch music video or even listen to local music. The app gives you the usual features of the streaming service like discovery features as well as offline downloads etc. However, we really like the mix of music and video content with a solid, albeit stripped-down, local music player. Google Play Music always does it better, but YouTube Music is ultimately replacing Google Play Music, so we better get used to it now.

See also: YouTube Music vs Spotify: Can Google even compete?


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