Summer is almost here, bringing long road trips, days spent on the beach, and flights to other cities and countries. It’s time to plug into some new music on your Android device and create an epic summer 2016 playlist.



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One of the best free music players you can download to your Android device is doubleTwist. While it offers in-app purchases in the form of upgrades to doubleTwist Pro, you can access many of the app’s great features in its free version. DoubleTwist is a music player that synchs all the music from your different apps, including iTunes, as well as from podcasts. It eliminates the need to have multiple windows open on your Android just to get to your favorite sounds.


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Use this free app to find great new music. SoundCloud is a popular place for new artists and indie bands to upload their music, giving you an exclusive chance to listen to some new sounds that you might not be able to find anywhere else. The catalog also includes famous songs you’ll know well, giving you an eclectic mix you won’t find on any other app. SoundCloud allows you to listen to your favorites offline, too, so it’s perfect for plane trips.


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Pandora is so last year. This year, it’s all about Spotify. In the free version, you can add music to your favorites by searching through playlists that either Spotify or other users have created. When using the paid version, you can listen on demand to songs from Spotify’s gigantic music library, which includes movie soundtracks and audiobooks. If there’s one music service you’ll be willing to pay for, Spotify is it.


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This is the music app for people obsessed with lyrics. When you play a song in another app, like Pandora or Spotify, you can use MusixMatch to sync the lyrics as you listen. You can search lyrics by song title or just by typing in a phrase. Use the app to identify the lyrics of a song playing nearby. Plus, you get to save your favorite lyrics for your perusal later.


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The n7player interface offers you an extremely visual way to browse your music. Browse through album art, or search via directories by artist, title, or album name. Turn the beautiful, large display of your smartphone into a word cloud featuring the names of the bands you love, with the text size corresponding to how much you listen to them. You can tag music in your library, further customizing your search options.


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Pulsar is a music player whose minimalist design relies on colors to make its user interface simple to use. Offering both a free and a Pro version — for only $2.99 — Pulsar syncs with, offers gapless playback, syncs your missing album art automatically, and has a sleep timer for those who like to fall asleep listening to a favorite playlist. It also has those fun playlists you probably remember from your middle school iPod — recently played, most played, and newly added.


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The next time you hear a song you like and want to know more about it, pull out the free SoundHound app. With one touch of a button, SoundHound listens to a song already playing anywhere around you and tries to identify it. You can learn more about the artist, view the lyrics, buy the song, or add the song to your Spotify playlist. Plus, SoundHound can even identify songs for you if you sing or hum into the app. Other fun features connect you with social media and offer trivia about your favorite artists.

These apps will help you use your Android device to provide the perfect musical experience. Find apps for synching and playing your favorite tunes, apps for discovering new music, and even apps that will help you learn more about songs you didn’t know and songs you already love.



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