The Best iOS Music App Alternatives For iPhone 2017 To Pick Right Now

The are several other alternative ways you can replace stock iOS Music app, if it doesn’t fit your needs and you’re not relatively interested in a streaming service, you have the choice of options. Your iPhone Music library, like the calendar, your contacts, and of course your photo gallery, is utterly open to other apps. Today we are talking about the best Music app replacements that will fit anyone’s needs, many with features that the stock app either hides or doesn’t have at all. Here are few of our favorites.

Best iOS 10 Music App Alternatives 2017

First and foremost we have to also speak about Apple Music on iOS. Best for streaming radio, users of Android can also check out the new Apple Music iOS app that offers 30 million songs from iTunes catalog and access to Beats 1, a 24/7 radio station broadcasting new tunes and music discussion from DJs, artists, and industry pundits. Worth checking out: How Best Is Apple Music Vs. Spotify Streaming Services – Comparison Up [Tidal]

Those owners of Android and iOS smartphones can also experience their best music files through Google Play Music, which lets you store songs from your own music library and seamlessly blends them with the same 30-million-strong streaming catalog. You can easily access all the songs and playlists you’ve uploaded, stream them over the Internet, and download them for free-of-charge. Also read: Google Play Music Will Be Stock Music Player On All Samsung Devices

As we are here to provide you some of the gorgeous iOS Music app alts, we are starting with this best iOS streaming app for audiofiles.

Tidal (iOS)

It gives audiophiles a high-quality streaming experience unmatched by the Jay-Z’s Tidal competition with a maximum streaming bit rate of 1,411Kbps with lossless FLAC files. It also offers new, often exclusive music thanks to its artist partnerships. And it’s free for music streaming.

Spotify (iOS)

Best for social sharing, Spotify makes it pretty simple to find new music and connect with your friends by way of themed playlists for genres, moods, and a weekly “Discovery” page that changes to highlight new tunes picked just for your desire. Spotify for iOS is a free music app available to download and install from Apple Store.

Napster (iOS)

Formerly Rhapsody, the new Napster app is another best music app for newcomers, which is rich with recommendations and playlists that populate based on your listening habits. Its straightforward features and with no-fuss layout features great for new users that may be intimidated by the bells and wish.. You can download Napster directly on iOS and iTunes App Store right now for free.

Replacement apps are worthwhile to checkout. Since the debut of Apple Music, the iOS Music app has put streaming music front-and-center. You can listen to music you sync to your phone, or over USB either via iTunes Match, but it’s secondary to streaming iOS 9.3 had a toggle to show only local music, but iOS 10 buries your local library under a “Downloaded Music” menu item. This adds extra tapping and swiping just to get to your synced music. The alternatives put your local music first, making it a lot easier listening.

Integration with iOS

For iOS 10 users, it’s not completely seamless, of course. If you want to manage your music, you’ll have to go back to Music. Tapping the now playing artwork in Control Center will eventually take you to Music, not your preferred app, rendering that shortcut frustrating. Plus, replacement music apps can’t modify or alter the iCloud Music Library, so setting songs rating and play counts won’t work for anything not on your device.

Those iPhone users running their devices on iOS 10 are somewhat really unhappy with Apple’s Msuic App. Now, they need to keep it installed to use any replacement apps – they’ll crash and hang without it. Pickup!

Cesium (iOS Paid App)

Yes, this is one of the best iOS Music app replacement that also make life easier for streaming music holdouts. Combining a clear, easy-to-use UI for navigating your music library with a bevy of power-users features, Cesium definitely makes listening to music on iOS a pleasure again.

Design of Cesium was created as a response to the Music app UI changes in iOS 7, and iOS 8, and now is iOS 10. It’s the closest app, at least in terms of navigation, to the classic iOS 6 Music app, but that’s where the similarities end.

With the version 3.8.7, Cesium on iOS 10 has also fixed a bug that paused playback when shaking to shuffle. Using Cesium you can customize the tab bar to give you quick access to whatever library view you want, such as artists, albums, songs, playlists, genres, audiobooks, composers, or even the app settings.

How to use it on iOS 10

It’s an ease of use, if all you want out of your music app is to find music and start listening to it. Cesium is your pick now. The app with simple navigation stack lets you drill down from artist, to album, to song. For artists with only one album in your library, Cesium will smartly skip the album view and just take you right to the album.

Cesium also lets you sort your music albums by title, year, and even group by Album Artist, for those of you who are particular about your metadata.

Cesium – Streamlined Music Player (Custom)

Swiping right on an artist, album, or playlist lets you start playing immediately in order to or shuffle. Swiping left lets you add an item to your up next queue at either the top or bottom. By the way, Cesium also offers support for 3D Touch, letting you peek and pop into albums and artists which gives you more options to queue up your music.

Interesting things to find, omnipresent search button is there as an excellent option on the top right throughout the navigation stack, so you can jump to whatever you want to start playing. The only thing missing is support.

There’s still a killer feature: Playlist Grouping. Since we can’t sync your entire music collection to iPhone, but we can sync two playlists; one of perennial favorites, and another that contains a rotating set of albums.

With the Playlist Grouping setting on Cesium, you can view your playlists as groups of albums, artists, composers, or genres, and even navigate them like a mini-library. For those Classical fans, Cesium also provides a “Classical Mode,” that lets you assign specific genre tags. When you view them, you get an overview of composers, and can view their works as pieces instead of albums. It’s also great, if basic, support for audiobooks present. But it costs!

Ecoute with support [iOS Paid App)

It is much prettier app than Cesium. Visually, Ecoute is one of the best Music app replacements, at least as long as you have album art for all your songs. If you really want your music app to look like more than a spreadsheet, you’ll appreciate Cesium’s grid view and Now Playing screen, when compared to Ecoute. It even has support, but sadly, there’s a handful of issues that keep us from recommending it fully.

Anything missing album art will just have a boring, gray double-eight note icon on a white square. Ecoute’s Now Playing screen is also impressive, with large album art and clear controls over a blurred album art background.

Ecoute - Beautiful Music Player

Switching between views could also be better, as Ecoute hides the Album, Artists, Compilations, Genres, and Playlists view under a “Filters” button on the top left, Most other alternative apps have a tab bar on the bottom to make this easier. With that said, Ecoute’s search is also hidden, requiring you to swipe down from the top of a view to bring up and search box. If you’re fan of a shuffle-holic, Ecoute has a Shuffle button at the top of every view into your library to start shuffling anything on screen, from your whole library to a single album.

As already mentioned about the killer feature of Ecoute, however, have support. This is a deal-breaker for passionate music scrabblers. If you need to keep that record of your music listening, and can put up with flincky queuing – of if you don’t bother with it at all – Ecoute will definitely make you very happy.

Ecoute Now Playing

Listen to Music [iOS app]

It also comes without support like Ecoute, but takes a very different UI approach. With a gesture-based interface for controlling songs, Listen is one of the best alternative iOS Music apps out there available to download. Unfortunately, even with the brief tutorial on first launch, we found the swiping needed to control music playback to be very confusing. It doesn’t even have support for editing the queue, too.

Listen: The Gesture Music Player

Picky (iOS Music App)

It’s unique feature is that Picky lets you filter your artist, album, and song views by various criteria such as number of songs, or genre. It also features basic queue editing, and comes with no support like Listen. If you have a music library with a lot of individual songs, but not many albums, this might be for your best pick up. For how we listen to music, Picky is a decent, if basic, alternative to the stock Music app. It’s a paid music app.

Picky: Filter, queue, and play your music


The music ecosystem on iOS is much more varied than you might believe. Whatever your favorite music listening needs are, there’s probably an app to serve them. Alternatively, for most casual music fans, Apple’s Music app, especially with the UI tweaks in iOS 10, will undoubtedly serve them pretty well. If you’re more picky and want more control over and easier navigation, either of the two top grabs: Cesium and Ecoute, will serve you well in a better way, other than any other listed above.

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