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Looking for a good player application on Android
post Feb 5 2013, 17:31
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OK, i know this might be very subjective, i also know this was asked before, but apps change as time goes by.
I'm looking for a good music player to put on an Android device (Samsung YP-GS1, it's not a smartphone but a "micro tablet"). I don't care free or commercial, i never understood why people can spend hundreds bucks to buy an Andro´d device but can't spare 5 to support developpers dry.gif

I have a few requirements :
  • ReplayGain support (there are still many players out there without ReplayGain)
  • Ogg vorbis support
  • Support Playlist and "Library" selection
  • No automatic DSP to "enhance" your music that you can't even turn off
And a couple more "features" i'd like to see (in order) :

  1. Gapeless playback
  2. Ability to read custom tags and use them for library browser
  3. Low memory/battery footprint (well, as low as technically possible)
  4. Automatic play/pause when connecting/disconnecting jack
  5. Support A2DP (send audio signal over Bluetooth)
  6. Widget to control playback
I don't care "nice" UI but i like functional UI and good features, on the PC my player is foobar2000.

I already tested a number of players but didn't found the "perfect" one yet. Probably there are little known players out there that would deserve more attention. That's why i posted this thread. smile.gif

OK : here are some players i found interesting and why i didn't settle for them so far :

  • PowerAMP : probably the best i tested. Don't like the UI that much (why simulate round buttons for volume) but other than that, it looks like a very good player. I've read people are having issues with Bluetooth and i didn't got it working so far either.
  • Neutron Player : claims to be an "audiophile" player and i tend to be careful with those claims. My screen is too small for the UI (very small text as a result) and it keeps the Screen on while playing (battery drain) so i'll probably stay away from this one.
  • RockBox : Good old rockbox i loved on my Sansa has an Android port. That's great but it's still quite a beta.
  • DeadBeef : Good player but too much "playlist" driven for me. I miss some Library.
And that's it. I tested others but forgot their names as they were really not worth mentioning. Last one i wiped out of my Droid was DoubleTwist or something like this. Too much Apple-like for me, including painfull "features" that prevent you from accessing your SD card directly because it's designed to work with it's "desktop companion"!

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