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.
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
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
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.
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.