Do you hate the default Android Music Player like I do?

Before I proceed, I must state that I think that Android is better than every other mobile Operating System out there, so this isn’t a hate article. I am sorry to offend Android fans, especially those who are down with the default music player. But music lovers who are presently considering switching to Android devices from say Apple iOS, or music lovers who are simply managing the default Android music player will all find this article very useful. Yesterday I bought and unboxed an Android 4.0 5 inch device and I yet saw little improvement compared to my Galaxy phone loaded with Gingerbread (2.3.6).

Music on Android

In order to be fair to Google and their music player, I must first say that Android audio player is just what the everyday music surfer needs. The player has a nice User Interface, produces good sound quality and is simply easy to use. But those Music lovers who need something more from their Music Box will definitely be disappointed with what Android offers. Here are the main reasons:

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1. Poor Sound Equaliser:
True, Android music player comes with a pre-installed equaliser with about 12 options. Unfortunately they are all preset and can’t be customised in the popular 2.3.6 and below. Android 4.0 and 4.1 have what I call a very simple equaliser. Worse still, most of the sound effects like Bass booster can only be activated when a headset is plugged in, which means music played from the external speaker can hardly be improved!. This is bad :(

Why doesn’t Android give some of us the right to customise sound effects of our choice? What is so unspecial about phone external speaker?

2. Lack of WMA audio codec support: Music lovers know what it means to have a versatile music player – a player that can interpret various audio formats. Sadly, Android’s music player is not just that. Back in the days when I used the then popular Windows Mobile 2002 and WM 2003 SE respectively, I remember how I always had to look for a replacement fror the default Windows Media Player. In fact, the world’s most popular audio formats remain MP3 and WMA. Music rippers still prefer to rip audio music using PC Windows Media Player and their ripped files sometimes end up in the WMA format. Many Music players I know support at least these two formats, perhaps with the exception of those who have something against Microsoft.

We ask Google: Are you guys also both anti-Apple and anti-Windows that you refused to support their popular audio format?

3. Poor Music Ordering:
I must confess that it is so shameful for Android Music player to be categorised under this filing. Permit me to say that Android Music player is a failure. What else can I say? In case you don’t know, users of this player can only play songs under Artists, Album, All Songs and Playlists. So bad that there is no Genre with Android MP :/
This means you can not play in one auto playlist all songs under one genre say Gospel, County, Afro pop, Rap, Reggae, Blues and the rest of them.

As if this is not enough, there is no Open file/folder support in this player. This means that one can not open an audio file from perhaps a hidden folder especially when that audio file was not automatically found by the player.

4. Visualisation and Album Art:
I know some of the readers here on MOBILITY will think what I’m about to say is irrelevant, but believe me it does not only count but it counts so much! Isn’t it bad that the prestigious Android player has no single visualisation at all and the ogbonge player displays only the Album art in your phone storage? Album art is the album cover image that displays in the Now Playing mode of your digital player. This makes playing a song without an Album art sound fairly nice but look uninteresting! I have another audio player that automatically downloads Album arts from the online Vault.

You can now see why I will not prefer the default Music player of Android. Other features that this player should boast of but are no where to be found include: Tag editor – ability to edit the sound tags like Artist, album, etc.; and Headset plug auto play – this means that music interrupted when Headset is unplugged should restart automatically when ear piece is re-plugged in (optional).

These are just some of the main points that I can list here. Others may be insignificant. Of course, there are 3rd party alternatives that do these things that the default player can’t do and more! I recently tested the brand new VLC Player for Android. It is nice, though it is still in beta version, so I don’t recommend it for now. I also wrote a review on that player titled A better Android music player app. I recommend that you check it out.

About Chekwas Ojike
Chekwas Ojike have been blogging since 2005. He is a trained Physicist and owner and Founder of Mymobnet.com, Follow me on twitter @Mymobnet, My Facebook and My Google Plus

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4 comments on “Do you hate the default Android Music Player like I do?”

  1. Harry Echemco Reply

    I’m not sure what the right term should be, but I do know there are much better music player apps in the Google Play Store, so I used the default Android music player only within the first few days of buying the device.

    The same is the case with the Video player, even though my device did a fairly good job with both music and video files format support. There are those extra you get from developers trying to earn recognition among other developers.

  2. Harry Echemco Reply

    We ask Google: Are you guys also both anti-Apple and anti-Windows that you refused to support their popular audio format?

    You are wrong on this one. It takes royalties to do all those supports. I think the support of MP3, which is the most popular audio file format out there and some of the very popular video formats and of course the other open audio and video file formats is good enough. Manufacturers may then choose to support the others as they wish.

    Apple only support MP3 and their own proprietary audio file formats. The same is the case for their video file support. All the litigations against Google and Android manufacturers by Microsoft relate to things like FAT file system support etc. No, it is not anti-anything, it is playing it safe.

    and Headset plug auto play – this means that music interrupted when Headset is unplugged should restart automatically when ear piece is re-plugged in (optional).

    Save for the fact that you included optional in this feature, I think it would be more of a nuisance than a useful feature sometimes if not most times. I mean, you unplugged the headset for whatever reason while playing music and the music player stops playing, some hours later you have need to place a voice call and plug the headset, but before you call evoke the dialer, music is already playing in your ears. If it’s included but set to be off by default, it could serve a useful purpose though.

  3. Chekwas Ojike Reply

    All the litigations against Google and Android manufacturers by Microsoft relate to things like FAT file system support etc. No, it is not anti-anything, it is playing it safe.
    Oh we all know how Apple’s hand is so closed and not ‘open’ but there is more into it than your comment above suggests. You can now see why iPhone5 dumped the fabulous google map app…

  4. Harry Echemco Reply

    No, Chekwas, it is not strictly the same thing here. At least, Apple is not paying Google to have the service integrated in their iOS. In fact Google is more than willing to have their services integrated in iOS at no direct cost to Apple. Same is not the case with Google-Microsoft.

    It is that same issue of royalty that made Google announce dropping support for Microsoft proprietary Active Sync push email support late last year. You know, it doesn’t sound fair that Google should be supporting struggling Microsoft and still be tasked for doing so?

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