The Most Amazing iPhone Music App Alternatives

You must try out these best iPhone Music app alternatives if you are not much impressed with the stock music app and looking for something really different.

iPhone’s stock Music App has vastly improved in recent times. However, it still might not find much traction among the music lovers who want something beyond plain music. If you are among this group of folks, here is your list of best iPhone music app alternatives.

Wondering what makes these music apps stand out? Well, it’s the ability to let you control music and enliven music experience with the handy features that make them special. (You may like to read to best Apple Music alternatives) Let’s find out!

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iPhone Music App Alternatives

Best iPhone Music App Alternatives

#1. Ecoute

Ecoute iPhone App IconEcoute is easily one of the best music players for iPhone. With the highly user-friendly UI, it makes exceptionally easy to control music. Thanks to cool gestures, it lets you fine tune your music with optimum convenience. As soon as the brightness of the screen dims, it automatically switches to the night mode to prevent your eyes from straining. The Facebook and Twitter integration allows you to share your favorite tracks with your friend more conveniently.

  • Highly user-friendly UI
  • Gesture Controls
  • Switches into Night Mode automatically when the brightness of the screen dims
  • Options to manage now playing queue
  • Integrates Facebook and Twitter

Price: $0.99

#2. Listen

Listen iPhone App IconWant to control music elegantly? Listen is an ideal option to not just improve your music experience but also offer the desired comfort to fine tune music. With the gesture-based interface, you can swipe-left or right to quickly change tracks, play/pause and even add songs.

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  • Easy-to-Use UI
  • Gesture-based controls
  • Swipe left or right to change tracks
  • Swipe up in order to add songs to Favorites Playlist
  • Tap to play/pause

Price: Free

#3. SoundShare

SoundShare iPhone App IconSoundShare is much more than just a plain music app. By connecting many music services into one social network, it not just brings the real joy of listening to music but also makes sharing music with friends absolute fun. You can check out what your friends are tuned into and even play it. Even better, you also have the option to create playlists with your friends.

  • Excellent music-centric social network
  • Connect many music services
  • Option to create playlists with friends
  • Let you find out what your friends are playing

Price: Free

#4. Stezza

Stezza iPhone App IconWhat makes Stezza is a very competent music player is the ability to let you control your music without any hassle. The adaptive album themes add more value to it. Custom color themes offer you the option to customize its appearance. As it supports video playback, you will be able to watch your all time favorite movies elegantly. It lets you interact with your iTunes media library elegantly.

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  • Simple UI
  • Adaptive album themes
  • Custom color themes
  • Video playback

Price: $2.99

#5. FLAC Player+

FLAC Player Plus iPhone App IconIf you have a penchant for high-quality sound, “FLAC Player+” can be a top notch option for you. With the support of FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) along with a number of audio codecs including MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, the music player ensures you are able to enjoy real music at its very best. It lets you manage your songs by playlist, album, artist, composer, genre. Thanks to the support of 24-bit as well as 32-bit audio output, it’s able to deliver the desired performance.

  • Support 24-bit, 32-bit audio output.
  • Let you manage your songs by playlist, album, artist, composer, genre.
  • Support background audio.

Price: Free

#6. Cesium Music Player

Cesium Music Player iPhone App IconCesium is a class apart due mainly to rich features. The intuitive controls, as well as customizable interface along with impressive design, are its biggest highlights. Simply swipe left to add any music to queue. To shuffle or play, just swipe right. It provides easy option to edit, reorder or sort playlists. Customizable tabs, night mode, and custom themes add more feather to its profile.

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  • Control music with gestures
  • Customizable tabs
  • Night mode
  • Custom themes
  • Elegant design

Price: $1.99

#7. Musixmatch Lyrics Finder

Musixmatch iPhone App Icon“Musixmatch” is magnificent in terms of functionality. With the world’s biggest lyrics catalog, it provides synchronized song lyrics along with multi-lingual translations. You can connect Apple Music or Spotify Premium account to have synced lyrics while playing music. Even better, you can instantly identify and get the lyrics of any song playing around you.

  • World’s largest lyrics catalog
  • Identify and get the lyrics of any song
  • Also shows multi-lingual translations
  • Great for learning new languages

Price: Free

#8. Picky

Picky iPhone App IconHunting for an app that can let you browse and listen to music in a better way? Picky has got to be a good choice. With it, you can keep artists and album lists look pretty clean by hiding the ones with fewer songs. You also have the option to line up the songs you wish to play later. Simply swipe up on the now playing view in order to check out the list of now playing songs.

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  • Line up songs to play later
  • Sort the main albums comfortably
  • Filter songs and artists effortlessly
  • Quickly check out the list of now playing songs

Price: $2.99

#9. CarTunes

CarTunes iPhone App LogoA full-gesture music player is usually scary to pursue but the developers behind CarTunes nailed it. If you’d want to feel like some futuristic Gen Y using a smart device to control music, CarTunes will get you as close to the feeling as possible. Here’s the bunch of gestures that are assigned specific actions:

  • Full gesture control
  • Tap anywhere to play & pause music
  • Flick to change tracks
  • Slide to change volume
  • Pull down to instantly tweet
  • Two-finger flick to shuffle
  • Slide to seek forward and backward
  • Pinch to play current song’s album or artist

It might take some time getting used to all the gestures but once you’re into it, you’ll probably love it. One thing that CarTunes isn’t is a full-fledged smart music player. Everything else is about as good as it can get with a gorgeous interface and usability.

Price: $4.99
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Wrapping Up

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. My need is simple. To be able to see the full title of a song or piece of music. In the stock apple app, “Piano Sonata #1 in F Minor, Op 2 No. 1 No. 1: Allegro” just becomes, “Piano Sonata #1 in F Min…” ONE HALF of the title is MISSING. Is there an app out there that shows the full title of a song or musical piece?

    • It’s even worse now (iOS 8.shit).

      They finally got rid of that idiotic “note” graphic that filled the whole screen when there wasn’t any artwork, and displayed some title/artist info. They actually REMOVED that with the new, even-worse player. Additionally, after you pick a song, the music player no longer shows transport controls! It just sits there on the song list, with a tiny play/pause button in the corner. Unbelievable.

  2. There’s also Musicfolder HD for the iPad, which avoids the need to sync with iTunes completely, supports gapless playback, and supports gestures for, i.e., in-car use. It also keeps your existing folder structure (say, by Genre -> Artist -> Album etc.), and in general has a nice UI.

  3. Jignesh, excellent list of alternative music players for iPhone.

    We recently created our own alternate music player called Bitcovery. Some of our users told us that they like it so much that they have put our app on their iPhone’s home page! See if you get a chance to use and review it.

  4. Is there any good app(vlc is crashing in my phone) in which i can transfer my music collection from my laptop and don’t have to use internet to listen to music?

    • Or anywhere, it’s been taken down and being rebranded as a microsoft service to replace xbox music. We need a replacement that does the same thing(especially since I don’t think you can yet modify playlist length directly from an iOS(which is a shame because 25 songs is annoying after awhile even with a refresh)

  5. Groove WAS amazing, but when Last.FM changed their site (and presumably their API), the app stopped working. I would love to find one just like it.

  6. I am looking for a music app where I can configure the shuffle parameters along the lines of: not repeating the same album artist within x hours (or x number of songs); not repeating a song with the same title within x hours (or x number of songs). Any ideas?


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