Music Apps for Android - dummies

By Daniel A. Begun

Music apps available for Android include audio players that sync music from your computer to your Android device, touch synthesizers, audio/video podcast managers, and audio file editors. Other music apps let you purchase music from your device, listen to old-time radio broadcasts, find out who’s singing a song you’re listening to, and display a song’s lyrics in time with the audio.

Some of the top music apps for Android devices include the following:

  • Amazon MP3 (free): Amazon MP3 is quite possibly the easiest way to purchase music directly on your Android device. Search the store, browse by genre, and see the current bestselling albums and songs. If you’re looking for deals, you’ll find them right on Amazon MP3’s home page as the Free Song of the Day and the Album Daily Deal.

  • BeyondPod Podcast Manager ($6.99 US): In addition to managing audio podcast subscriptions, this app also manages your RSS feeds and Video podcast subscriptions—and it seamlessly integrates with your Google Reader account (if you have one). Assign your feeds to categories, and then set specific update schedules for each category to automatically download the feeds to your device.

  • doubleTwist Player (free): doubleTwist Player has all the typical features you expect from an audio player. And there’s no easier way to sync audio files from your computer to your Android device — doubleTwist has often been called “iTunes for Android.” Download doubleTwist for your computer from

  • Ethereal Dialpad (free): Musicians and non-musicians alike can get a lot of enjoyment from the Ethereal Dialpad touch synthesizer. Just tap the display or drag your finger across the screen to generate some trippy-sounding music. You can alter the synthesizer’s sound by playing with the Pitch quantizer, Octaves, and various other effects settings.

    Make sure to also install the free Dialpad: NightSky plug-in, which lets you use two fingers on the screen simultaneously to create music.

  • Old Timer Radio Player (free; ad supported): This app lets you listen to the original broadcasts of old radio shows such as Fibber McGee and Molly, The Lone Ranger, and The Shadow. Give them a listen — they’ll truly transport you into the past. Finding these old shows is as simple as installing Old Timer Radio Player and selecting them from the listed genres (there is no search function).

  • Ringdroid (free): Ringdroid is an audio-editing app that lets you take audio files stored on your Android device’s SD card, trim them down to shorter clips, and then save the resulting audio as ringtone, notification, or alarm audio files. You even have the option of saving edited audio files as music files.

  • Scanner Radio (free; ad supported): These days, many police, fire, and EMS radio frequencies stream live over the Internet, so anyone can eavesdrop on what his or her community’s public safety workers are up to. Thanks to Scanner Radio, you can also listen in using your Android device. Scanner Radio includes audio from more than 2,300 feeds around the world, including air, marine, and rail radio communications.

  • Slacker Radio (free; ad supported): This app lets you specify the type of music you want to hear. Slacker is the sort of service commonly known as streaming music or music discovery. You specify a music genre or artist, and Slacker Radio starts playing songs from that genre or artist. If you pick an artist, Slacker Radio mixes in songs from other similar artists. By listening to similar artists, you potentially learn about new artists and songs.


  • SoundHound (free; ad supported): Do you sometimes need to know who’s singing a particular song that you’re listening to? Face your Android device’s microphone toward the source of the music and tap SoundHound’s What’s That Song? button. SoundHound streams the audio it hears from the microphone over the Internet to a server that analyzes the audio against a database of music, and then sends the results back to SoundHound within seconds.

  • TuneWiki Social Media Player (free; ad supported): TuneWiki has all the normal media player necessities for playing music and videos stored on your device’s SD card. But as soon you start playing music, TuneWiki’s unique capabilities begin making their appearance. As a song plays, its lyrics scroll up the screen in time with the audio.