Best Folder Based Music Players For Android Smartphones And Tablets

Folder Based Music Players
Written by Darren Wall

Thanks to modern smartphone technologies, your cell has become the main way people consume music. This is mostly thanks to the inclusion of stereo speakers, quality headphones, and of course the ease of which new music can be obtained. As such, a plethora of music player apps has flourished on Google Play, almost to the point that there are too many. Now, if you don’t like to stream your audio, and instead prefer to listen to your own collection. Here’s a selection of Android folder based music players.

The Best Folder Based Music Players

  • Folder Player
  • Pi Music Player
  • Shuttle Music Player
  • MortPlayer Music

What Is a Folder Based Player?

Put simply; it is a music player app which does not force you to use a streaming service such as Spotify, Amazon Music, or Apple Music. Have you downloaded some non-DRM audio books, or are you stuck with folders filled with MP3’s?

Let’s have a look at some apps.

Folder Player

folder player android folder based music players

Are you looking for the ultimate in folder based music players? The aptly named Folder Player app is probably it. If you already have your music organized, you get easy access the way you want. With nearly 5-million download on Google Play, Folder Player is one of the top audio apps of its kind, and although free, comes with no ads or in-app purchases.

File types supported by the app, include MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, WMA, although this will also depend on your Android device. As for ease of use, you simply navigate to any directory, and file you want, and then play a track of your choosing. Furthermore, Folder Player is set up to play whole directories easily and can play, browse individual folder, files, or complete folder trees.


One small irritation we encountered is that it does not immediately show new additions just after we copied new files to the phone. After a reboot though, the files were visible. When listening to audiobooks, there also were no buttons to skip forward or backward by x seconds, we physically had to drag the slider forward or back.

Overall, this app is the perfect choice for those who prefer folder based music players. Yes, it’s minimalistic, but it is a powerful alternative music player which uses folders to play music or audiobooks.

You can find out more about this player on Google Play, here.

Pi Music Player

Pi Music Player Android folder based music player

This folder based music player is called Pi, and from the moment you install it, you will recognize its quality. Not only is it a featureful app, but its design has been given some serious thought too. The music player isn’t your standard click and play application. There’s a 5-band equalizer, with bass boost, 10-presets, virtualizer, and even reverb effects. However, the all-important feature is its folder view support, which means your collection is at your fingertips.

In addition, to the already mentioned features, there’s a ringtone cutter, and Pi Power Share, a cross-platform sharing feature. This feature enables you to share music tracks with your friends and family.

Want to find out more about this music player? Take a look on Google Play here.

Shuttle Music Player

Shuttle Music Player folder based music players

Next up on this folder based music players list is an application which has become one of the most popular on Google Play. Called Shuttle, some have referred to it as a better version of GooglePlay Music. However, the apps developers claim there’s no connection at all, preferring to point out its differences.

Feature-wise, there’s inbuilt themes to choose from, and the ability to use gapless playback, embedded lyrics, scrobbling, sleep timer, and a 6-band equalizer. As for it being a folder based player, it is, however, the developer has chosen to hide this behind a paywall. Meaning a small fee $0.99 is payable before this feature is available. Additional items unlocked once the fee has been paid, are Chromecast support, ID3 tag editing, new themes, and more.

You can find out more about the free and paid versions of this app here.

MortPlayer Music

mortplayer music folder based music players

If you prefer to stick to the basics, and as such want a music player, which enables you to browse a folder structure. But not be accompanied by too many extras, then MortPlayer is the app for you. In fact, thanks to MortPlayer’s limited features set, it is lightweight, meaning it won’t eat up space on your handset or tablet. Additionally, it’s not memory or CPU intensive, so your device will remain fast, and the app won’t crash.

As for what it can replace, if you’re using a stock Android player, MortPlayer will improve your audio experience. While it maybe not as featureful as others, its audio playback is superior to most stock apps. Meaning you get easy music collection navigation, and improved audio playback, which, are two huge bonuses.

Like the sound of MortPlayer, find out more here.

And there you have them, four apps that will make listening to music on a smartphone or tablet more enjoyable. If you take my advice and download one of them, please use the comments section below to share your experience.

(Visited 418 times, 17 visits today)
Darren Wall
Darren hails from the UK, is a lover of all things mobile technology and likes to write about it all of the time. He's been writing for his own mobile tech blog and various others for over 13-years and cannot foresee a day in which he will become tired of doing so.

About the author

Darren Wall

Darren hails from the UK, is a lover of all things mobile technology and likes to write about it all of the time. He's been writing for his own mobile tech blog and various others for over 13-years and cannot foresee a day in which he will become tired of doing so.


  • I’ve not been able to get MortPlayer to play a folder; only individual cuts unless you set up a play list. Thought I’ve had the app for many years, it continues to frustrate all my attempts to understand how to use it, or to allow selecting a folder to play.

    • Hi Frozy.
      I prefer Folder Player. It’s great for just playing a folder’s music.
      Mort wants you to preconfigure folders which it will read.
      Keep well

  • I also vote for Folder Player. Simple, intuitive and ONLY uses folders which is what people doing this search are looking for.

  • Why do the other apps/players insist on splitting your tracks up into different albums? It’s ridiculous. If I have my tracks in one named folder, isn’t it obvious that I want to keep them together?

    For now, using Folder Player which does the job.

  • I tried all folder players in the article but none of them seem to allow me to do this very specific thing: fast-forward with touch control on the Sony whx1000m2 headphones.

    Anyone that can help me out with this is a hero…

  • I find this page because “Pi music player” doesn’t let you keep your folder structure ^^

  • I’ve been using Folder Player pro for a year now. Simple, effective. A couple of minor annoyances like not always remembering track position (plays from start of track), and it takes you back to the beginning of the folder tree ie the A’s which is annoying when you were searching the T’s… But other than that, seeing as I have my music sorted into folders, it’s perfect

  • Cheers Frozy, but they all s*ck same Musicolet does.

    You are blackmailed into access to ALL media first.
    If you pick the deny option they won’t start at all!

    If you surrender they stall in my case. Probably creating thousands of tiny thumbnails of my 11k of mp3s for wasting space for tiny pics nobody needs for selection in a name based folder view anyway.

    So, I’ll stick with the Simple Music Player which really does what it supposed to do. Displays folder first and create the pics on demand not just in case.

    Take care.

  • Folder Player appears fantastic…..I put thousands of MP3’s into folders as per year of release, so naturally I want to be able to play them in this manner……this does exactly that…..On my hard drive I still play my music using Musicmatch Jukebox….still the best music library organiser going…..

Leave a Comment

Comments Protected by WP-SpamShield Spam Plugin