These are the best Android music and audio apps

These are our top Android apps to make music, listen to music, find podcasts, and do everything related to audio.


No Charge + $4.99/PS4.99 Monthly or $34.99/PS34.99 Yearly Subscription

Wondery podcast app is not just a regular podcast app. It also offers exclusive content.

Podcasts are available in a variety of formats, such as history, true crime, business, and others. Some even have daily episodes. There’s plenty to do – for example, there are more than 40 seasons of the Business Wars podcast.

Wondery’s majority of content is available for free, but Wondery+ subscribers can be purchased at $4.99 per month or $34.99 annually. This subscription will remove ads and allow you to unlock additional content as well as early access to shows.

Wondery won’t replace your primary podcast app. But, if you can’t get enough audio content, it might be a great companion.

Spotify Kids

$14.99/PS14.99 per month

Spotify Kids is, as its name implies, Spotify for children. This is a similar concept to YouTube Kids. It allows children to access the service and keeps them safe from inappropriate content.

Although it doesn’t contain the same number of songs as the main Spotify app’s full library, the music it does have was hand-picked to be suitable for children.

Spotify Kids includes playlists for children. It has a brighter, more child-friendly interface and allows you to download songs offline.

You can also adjust the age range so that your child has only access to songs for children up to six years old, or music for children up to twelve years of age.

Spotify Kids requires a Spotify Premium Family subscription. Each child you add to your Spotify Kids account will take up one family slot (of which there is six). However, if Spotify Premium Family doesn’t exist yet, you can get a free one-month trial.

Audio Manager

$0.99/ PS0.89

It’s happened to all of us: we’ve all fallen asleep, only to wake up from a text or phone call from a friend at midnight. But Audio Manager makes it so that this never happens again.

You can prevent it from happening by turning off your phone before you go to sleep. Many phones do not have Do Not Disturb modes. Audio Manager allows you to schedule audio settings for specific times or days. You can adjust the volume, or even mute your phone at night. It might also be possible to set it to vibrate automatically during work hours.

You can change more than just the days and times. For example, you can have your phone mute automatically when you enter an office and turn it up when you leave.

Multiple routines can be set simultaneously. Audio Manager can help you make sure your phone sounds the way you want it to.

Muviz Edge

Free and various IAPs

Muviz Edge displays a music visualizer at the edges of your screen when music is playing.

You can stream or download local content from any app. You can also customize the visuals by choosing from a variety of patterns and changing the speed and colors. Muviz Edge can match the album art colors to whatever music you are currently listening to.

Although it’s limited, a visualizer at the edge of your screen is only able to do so much. No matter how many tweaks you make, all we really mean is colored lines moving around your screen edge.

You will need IAPs in order to unlock certain patterns, but it is worth the download even if your budget doesn’t allow you to pay for the rest.

Volume Panel Pro


Volume Panel PRO replaces your smartphone’s normal volume controls. You’ll find this alternative to the standard volume controls on most smartphones.

You can view volume information for calls, media, and alarms in the Android app. You can choose which side of your phone screen you want to show the volume controls, how far away from the top, modify the colors of the sliders and panel, set the default volume, adjust the length of time the volume panel remains visible after hitting a volume key, etc.

Although it isn’t a game-changing function, it’s an easily customizable and well thought out improvement to most Android volume controls.

Pocket Casts

Free + 1.19 / PS0.99 Monthly Subscription

Pocket Casts has been covered before but it’s still worth mentioning again as it’s free. This doesn’t mean that you will be bombarded by ads or have your data sold. The Android app is completely free.

Pocket Casts Plus is available for $1.19/PS0.99 per month, or $11.99/PS9.99 per year. This unlocks additional features such as desktop players, themes, and the ability to upload to Pocket Casts files that are not compatible with a podcast.

It’s still the same app everyone has known for years. The interface is clean and offers many useful tools such as volume boosters for speech, playback speed adjustments, trim silence, Chromecast support and much more.

Developers promise that the free version will not be forgotten – it is still their core product, and will continue to be updated with new features. Pocket Casts is a great product that you should try if you haven’t already.


No Charge + $7.99/PS6.99 Per Month

Luminary podcast app has exclusive content you won’t find elsewhere.

Access to these exclusive shows – more than 40 of them are out or in development at the time this article was written – is why Luminary is better than other podcast players. However, you’ll need to subscribe for $7.99/PS6.99 per monthly (following one month free).

These exclusives are ad free and often come from major names like Lena Dunham or Trevor Noah. However, Luminary is still worth looking at even if your budget doesn’t allow for it.

Keep it simple and you can access all the free content. However, this app is just like any other podcast app. It has loads of features including the ability to download podcasts offline, cast podcasts to speakers and get new podcast suggestions based upon what you like. You can also change the play speed and activate a sleep alarm.

The downside to Luminary is that it doesn’t offer exclusive content. The Android app also lacks a few major-name shows like Reply All or The Daily. If any of your favorite shows are missing, you should consider podcasting elsewhere.

Pocket Casts


Pocket casts has been our favorite podcast player for a long time, but the Android app is now a completely different beast than it was before, thanks to a major upgrade that brought it up to version 7.

Although it’s a major update, we think it’s a good one. However, there are still some skeptics. It’s an update that is both impressive and controversial. We are happy to highlight Pocket Casts again. If you have tried the app before, but weren’t satisfied with it, this makes Pocket Casts worth revisiting.

These changes include a new look, many new features, including up-next sync, listening history and the ability play podcasts without subscribing. There are also improved recommendations and the ability search for specific episodes.

Version 7 may be difficult to get used to if you are familiar with the older version. However, most people will love it.

TaoMix 2

Free and various IAP

TaoMix2 an Android app that creates ambient noise to help you focus, relax and sleep.

There are many sounds you can choose from: rain, wind, waves, wind and thunder, as well as birds chirping. You don’t have to choose one sound; you can create a soundscape with multiple sounds.

Each sound appears as a circle on the screen. Another circle can be moved around the screen to make each sound more prominent. This makes the soundscapes change based on the movement of the circle.

Any soundscape can be saved to allow you to return to it later. You can also set a timer so that the soundscape automatically turns off after a certain time. You can also record your own sounds.

You can download the core app for free. However, you will need to purchase some sound packs to increase the selection. These sound packs start at US$0.99/PS0.69

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