Most people I know do not like the stock music player that comes with the iPhone. To be honest, I do not like it very much either. Despite having vastly improved in recent times, the iPhone’s stock Music app still might not be the #1 option for music lovers who always want to have best listening experiences.
Luckily, we still have many other awesome third-party music players in the App Store. They allow you to unlock the true potential of your songs, bring new gestures to control music and provide more handy features to enhance sound quality. Here I’ve collected some great iPhone music players for you. Read on to find out which one can give your songs a real boost.
Marvis music player’s design is quite exquisite, featuring a default dark theme and a light theme which you can unlock through an in-app purchase. It has a flat look and plenty of transparency and blurring effects in the background.
Songs are organized by five categories: Playlists, Artists, Songs, Albums, and Genre. The playlists are straightforward, to edit, to play and to add your favorite tunes is very quick and easy. The “Up Next” queue allows you to listen to something specific after the current song, without breaking the flow of the album or playlist you’re on. All other features appear in chronological order. The additional music information it gives you, and the playback history makes up my all-time favorite features of the music player.
Cesium music player has a fascinating user interface that is simple and well organized. It’s a perfect choice for those of you who want to find music and start listening to it in the easiest way. You can swipe left and right to organize albums, edit the play queue, shuffle through tracks, and more. Cesium also lets you peek and pop into albums and artists, giving more options to queue up your music.
Playlist Grouping is the killer feature of the app. With this setting, you can view your playlists as groups of albums, artists, composers, or genres, like they are mini-libraries. All you need to do is allow the app to access your Music library. It will automatically hook into and show all of your songs, including music from your iCloud Music.
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Listen: The Gesture Music Player
Listen takes a very different UI approach, with a gesture-based interface for controlling songs. You can swipe left or right to change tracks, tap to play or pause, swipe up to add a song to your playlist. The app also supports two-finger swipes that let you control volume and scrub through tracks. Thanks to these intuitive controls, you can perform different actions without even looking at the screen once you get used to them.
The Now Playing screen is simple yet gorgeous, while you’re on this screen, iOS’s Auto-Lock is disabled. Searching through your tunes is also well-laid out. If you’re among those folks who love minimalism, then give Listen a try. The app is free with additional features such as online radio for endless listening and stream music via AirPlay.
Visually, Ecoute is one of the best Music app replacements. If you’re sick of seeing music in a spreadsheet, you’ll love Ecoute’s attractive grid view. Unlike other iPhone music player apps, Ecoute hides the Album, Artists, Compilations, Genres, and Playlists views under a “Filters” button on the top left. Whereas, a “Shuffle” button on the top right will let you start shuffling anything, from your whole library to a single album.
If you’ve turned on Auto-Brightness, the user interface of the app can switch to night mode automatically as the brightness decreases. You can also force the night mode if the default UI doesn’t fit you. Ecoute also offers the ability to manage the now playing queue. Adding songs on the go, rearranging and removing tracks already in the queue is easy.
Ecoute supports AirPlay, iTunes Match, and Last.fm, which is a deal-breaker for passionate music scrobblers. Metadata like Play counts and last played dates are synchronized across devices. It’s a perfect iOS music player for picky listeners.
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Stezza is a music app aimed at providing users the best way of enjoying their song collection, especially while they are driving or are busy elsewhere. The app has a simple layout overlaid by large tiles that are buttons for play/pause, next, and previous tracks. During playback, the album art of the song and other information associated with it are displayed on two separate tiles.
By default, Stezza picks up the colors of your album art to adapt the theme color. You can choose from several other themes, as well as set your own background colors. The app works in both portrait and landscape modes, making it perfect for use as an in-car music device. Stezza is actually all about the driving-focused UI, no more.
If you have a music library with a lot of individual songs, but not many albums, Picky might be a good choice for you. Picky’s unique feature lets you filter and sort music by various criteria such as title, artist, release date, or duration. The Artists, Albums, and Songs have a slider for narrowing the list of songs or albums according to the number of items in your library.
In addition to filtering and sorting, Picky also offers the ability to quickly queue up songs from anywhere in the app. To build a listening queue, simply swipe left on any entry whether it’s an artist, album, song, or playlist. Once you’re done, tap the “Now Playing” button to open up the player and listen to your queue. The app’s music player has some additions you won’t find in the stock Music app. For instance, you can swipe right on the album art to restart a song or left to skip to the next song in your queue.
Boom for iOS is a music app aimed at providing users the best possible audio setup on iOS devices. The app comes with features like 3D Surround Sound, Equalizer Presets, and an Audio Intensity Slider to deliver an extremely high-quality audio experience.
Boom uses an eye-pleasing dark theme, making all the key elements are easy to spot. There are options to select from your existing library, filter out cloud-based songs, toggle any effect you want at any time, select your headphone type, and even touch specific 3D surround speakers to alter your experience.
The app features handcrafted equalizers such as Bass Booster, Electronic, Pop etc. and an intensity slider that helps users customize the way their favorite tunes sound. By default, it lists all songs from your Music library whether they’re a part of Apple Music, purchased songs from iTunes Store, or downloaded music.
SoundShare creates a social network exclusively for sharing and discovering music by combining multiple streaming services, like Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Deezer. You can follow others and see what songs they’re listening to, share and create playlists with one another no matter what music service they’re using.
Of course, SoundShare has its own built-in music player so you can do everything else while you listen to music or interact with your friends. The app’s interface is typical for social media apps. The Feed view lets you see content from other users while The Explore and Search views will change and list out potential suggestions to check out.
Even if you don’t use any music service, SoundShare will still work. It will take advantage of Youtube integration to play every song to you.
Did you find the article helpful? There exist a lot of iPhone music players worldwide. This list, however, provides you with some of the best that exist. For most, music is that which brightens their day, and it is just fair that you enjoy music with some of the greatest players.
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