30 November 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 · By Ramin asadi
But fortunately, things started changing once the operating system became more mainstream. More and more developers started working on apps for the users, and of course, multimedia was a big requirement for them. That’s why now, almost 2 years later, we have a lot of great media players, both for music and video, on the Android marketplace. There are actually about a hundred such apps, but most of them failed to get any traction.
Stock Android Music Player
The stock Android music player is the most used player for Android – for obvious reasons. It’s not very good though, but it does get the job done. Google has integrated the most popular codecs and formats into it, so you can play aac, mp3, wma, wav files without a hitch, but you won’t be able to play some of the more exotic formats, like flac. The interface is simple and practical –big buttons and text made for touch screens, which are very easy to see and press. If you don’t need some of the more advanced features, this is a pretty good player.
PowerAMP looks very promising and might very well be the best music player for Android and power users. It looks pretty simple, but packs a lot of advanced features under the hood. It has a great, professional looking interface with knobs and buttons that are easy to use, and it supports most of the popular music formats on the market, including Mp3, mp4, ogg, flac, and others, using its own codecs to play them, so you don’t need to worry about any incompatibilities. It also has support for tags, skins and widgets, and has a great integrated equalizer.
Lithium Music Player
Lithium Music Player is another great app for Android. It is very light on resources, and has a simple to use interface that is uncluttered and pretty damn good looking. You get all the basic functions, plus the ability to sort music by artist, album, track name or playlists and load up lyrics for the songs you like.
Touted as the most advanced media player around, MixZing certainly has enough features to back that statement. It supports most of the popular music and video formats and codecs in use, and has the ability to use tags, has an integrated graphic equalizer, a home screen widget, and a useful lyrics and album art search function. On top of that, the interface is pretty simple and easy to use on a touch screen device.
This is a pretty good advanced music and video player that supports most of the formats out there and has enough features to satisfy even the most demanding users. It has the ability to search lyrics for your favorite songs, edit ID3 tags, sort the files by rating, play a variety of codecs, including ape, mp4 and flac, and have a widget on the home screen for easy and quick access to the main controls. If you need a stable video/music player that is full of features, Meridian is one of the best choices.
Cubed is a pretty standard media player with a unique trait – its interface is a 3d cube, which you can spin up, down, left and right to perform various actions like searching for songs, sorting them alphabetically or by album name, and do other useful things. If you don’t like this interface, there is another, simpler one that you can use. The player is pretty fast and supports most of the popular file formats. Strangely, you will find the app on the marketplace under the name “3”, but that may be just temporary.
The aptly named “Video Player” is, of course, a video player. It is actually pretty old, but it works fine on older devices. It supports H.264 and H.263 encoded Mpeg files with AAC or MP3 audio with a resolution of 480×352 or lower. It’s very light on resources, so it’s a perfect choice for the HTC G1, Magic v2 and other low-performance smartphones.
Cinema is a pretty quick video player, thanks to it using the hardware video decoding capabilities in most Android smartphones, starting with the HTC G1 (aka Dream). This allows it to play almost any kind of resolution that is lower than 720 HD, but it also limits it to supporting only H.264 encoded mp4 files with Mp3 or AAC audio. If you do want to view these kind of files on a low performance device, there is no other better alternative: Cinema plays them very well and without any hitches.
DoubleTwist Music is a great looking music and video player that has everything you might need integrated into it. You can listen to and view almost any kind of formats you want, from mp3’s to avi files, and the app can load hundreds and thousands of files very quickly, while scanning their ID3 tags. You can search for lyrics, view songs similar to the one playing, sort the songs by artist, album, date, name and other criteria and do other useful things. It also features a radio streaming plugin, which just makes it better. The interface is very polished and understated – it has the default Android colors, yet is distinctively different, which is very nice. It is also completely free, but for a limited time, so get it now before it becomes paid!
This is a pretty decent and simple music player that can do most of the basic things you’d need from it. It can play mp3, wav, ogg and wma files, can view ID3 tags and it has a home screen widget that can be downloaded separately. The main selling point for this player is the fact that it sorts your files by folders, not by album or artist like most other players out there. This is very useful when you have already sorted all your music in folders, for example, and don’t like the player to mess it up.