Google Android ships with a perfectly functional music player that lets you get to your music quickly, view album art, handle playlists, and do a few other basic things. But it’s a bit barebones, which has led to a proliferation of third party music players for Android. Many feature a more attractive layout than the default music app. Some, like Winamp and doubleTwist try to differentiate themselves by allowing you to synchronize your music collection with your desktop. Others, like PowerAMP just go over the top throwing virtually every feature you could ever want in a music player.

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PowerAMP has an attractive user interface with nice large buttons for handling music playback. There are also three different themes/color schemes to choose from. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few other features that make PowerAMP special:

  • Graphic equalizer
  • Support for MP3, MP4, M4A, FLAC, OGG, WAV, WMA, other audio formats
  • 10 different presets, including a special preset for phone speakers
  • Big buttons for controlling bass, treble, and volume
  • Detailed file info box that shows you album, artist, genre, release date, and details about the bitrate, sample rate, and other file settings
  • Choose what screen to display on program startup
  • Select which folders your music is stored in
  • Select song sort order
  • Choose whether to download album art, and enable downloads only over WiFi
  • Customized click, play, shuffle actions
  • Headset options
  • scrobbling
  • Lock Screen widget
  • Customizable UI

PowerAMP is currently available as a free trial download from the Android Market. The app is still basically a beta, but it’s already one of the best music players available for Android. Eventually the developer will issue an update allowing users to purchase the app.

The app runs on Google Android 2.1 and up.

You can check out more screenshots after the break.

Update: There’s now a full version of PowerAMP available in the Android Market for $4.99.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

One reply on “PowerAMP may be the best music player for Google Android yet”

  1. Yes. It is the best who actually enjoys each beat and bass of music.
    Tested around 10 and now purchased it. $5 isn’t anything for such a a development; really.

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