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    Hi, I'm at the brink of trading in my iPhone for an Android device. I like iOS, but the device's battery life is pretty abysmal and the Blackberry KeyOne's hardware keyboard is something I look forward to using.

    The problem is listening to music, though. One of iOS's best features is its music player, and the way in which I can find classical music by composer and composition year. People have been complaining about iTunes on the Mac for years, but as a classical music player I still find it pretty much perfect. And I won't be throwing away my Macbook anytime soon.

    What I'm looking for is an Android music player that handles classical music properly, and (if anyone knows how to do that) a good way to sync my playlists and music with my Mac.

    Thanks in advance for any tips you may have!

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    I made the very same move- from iOS to Android- about three months ago. So far I haven't looked back.
    When it comes to digital music I admit I'm not too knowledgeable- I keep little to no music on my phone, and instead keep it all on my Samsung tablet's micro SD card, manually syncing music onto it at my discretion. But given your circumstances, I think your best bet is Google Play Music. To my knowledge, it works essentially like a cloud. I never really have explored this part of it, since I only ever use it to manage music already downloaded to my devices, but it should work fine for your purposes. You can upload a song or album from any device onto Play Music, and it's accessible from any device logged into your Google account. The only real drawback is that there is not a desktop version. For computers, it is browser based, not an application like iTunes.
    Hope this helps- good luck!
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    I’m afraid that I don’t have a direct answer. (I’m not a Mac or iTunes user.)

    Are you trying to play music though an existing hi-fi system?

    Do you want your new Android device to simply act as a remote-control device for playing music?

    Are you looking for different software that will organize and play your downloaded music, with powerful search capabilities? (My understanding is that managing metadata can be tricky for downloaded classical music. There are several TC threads discussing this topic.)

    For what it’s worth, I’ll share my experience (and some research I’ve done) – but this doesn’t involve Apple products.

    A few months ago, I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, just to run remote control apps for Chromecast Audio ($35), which I have installed in 4 different hi-fi systems. Via a free Android app (Hi-Fi Cast) I can play any digital music (including hi-res FLAC) that resides on my PC through a Chromecast Audio device that is connected to a hi-fi system. (I use Hi-Fi Cast’s simple “folders” view of music files on my PC.) I can also play a variety of internet radio stations – for example, TuneIn Radio for stations such as kusc.org, and radio.net for Audiophile Classical. And I can use my Android tablet to control Spotify Premium (huge library of classical music for $10/month). In all cases, there is no music stored on the Android device, and the music is NOT ‘hair-pinned” through the Android device. The Android apps simply control casting of the music direct to a Chromecast Audio gizmo. (In all cases I can turn off the tablet and the music continues to play.)

    In 2 of my hi-fi systems, I have a Toslink cable from the Chromecast Audio device to an Oppo universal player (UDP-205 and BDP-105) that serves as a DAC. In 2 different hi-fi systems, I use the Chromecast Audio’s built-in DAC to connect to a vintage stereo amp.

    (It is also possible to “cast” music from a Chrome browser on my Windows 10 PC to a Chromecast Audio.)

    However, I mostly use an even simpler method for playing downloaded digital music – I listen to digital files via a USB drive connected to an Oppo player. Low tech – but it works great. (Again, using a simple folders organization of music that I copy from my PC.)

    Gordontrek’s recommendation for using a cloud-based service like Google Play Music may be useful. I haven’t tried it. Here’s a 2-year-old article: http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-t...-Music_id69904

    I have no experience with JRiver, but from what I’ve read it is a popular full-feature music player app, and I believe it has an Android control app. My understanding is that you can import iTunes music and playlists into JRiver. However, I’ve decided for now that I don’t need the level of sophistication that JRiver provides, and I’ve therefore chosen to keep things simple.

    Please share with us what you decide.
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    If you are still around and reading, I looked into and tried a number of apps then settled for Jetaudio and the DPS and Crystallizer plug ins. You can try it all for free . I ended up purchasing. I have the settings perfect for me for classical and don't change them any more . I also use Folder player sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    If you are still around and reading, I looked into and tried a number of apps then settled for Jetaudio and the DPS and Crystallizer plug ins. You can try it all for free . I ended up purchasing. I have the settings perfect for me for classical and don't change them any more . I also use Folder player sometimes.
    Yes, I'm still working on this issue, so thanks for your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrarchos View Post
    Yes, I'm still working on this issue, so thanks for your answer.
    The phone makes a difference also. I recently retired my well used Samsung Galaxy S7. It did a nice job with music. I did a search for Android phones for music and there are a number of options. I settled for a new LG V20 phone at $400. There is a newer LG model out now for a lot more $, but I got this one. Sound is excellent even with the stock music player but with Jetaudio it is much better. I also have the Neutron app which is almost as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    The phone makes a difference also. I recently retired my well used Samsung Galaxy S7. It did a nice job with music. I did a search for Android phones for music and there are a number of options. I settled for a new LG V20 phone at $400. There is a newer LG model out now for a lot more $, but I got this one. Sound is excellent even with the stock music player but with Jetaudio it is much better. I also have the Neutron app which is almost as good.
    I'm resurrecting this thread since I'm still not fully content with my choice at the moment, DoubleTake. It does the job and syncs to my Mac, but honestly it's not the most reliable piece of software and the interface is anything but ideal. I'm mainly playing music off my phone while on a train, usually to a Sony Bluetooth headphones. Any further advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    If you are still around and reading, I looked into and tried a number of apps then settled for Jetaudio and the DPS and Crystallizer plug ins. You can try it all for free . I ended up purchasing. I have the settings perfect for me for classical and don't change them any more . I also use Folder player sometimes.
    Is there a setting which gets this app to display the composer? If so can you help me find it? If not --- well Hydrarchos did say that this was one of the key things needed, and it's something I am looking for too. All help appreciated! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diskord View Post
    Is there a setting which gets this app to display the composer? If so can you help me find it? If not --- well Hydrarchos did say that this was one of the key things needed, and it's something I am looking for too. All help appreciated! Thanks.
    Edit tag setting type in artist, album or album artist information or all. It will display. Many tracks purchased already have this done for you. I'm listening to something right now and all information displays without me doing anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrarchos View Post
    I'm resurrecting this thread since I'm still not fully content with my choice at the moment, DoubleTake. It does the job and syncs to my Mac, but honestly it's not the most reliable piece of software and the interface is anything but ideal. I'm mainly playing music off my phone while on a train, usually to a Sony Bluetooth headphones. Any further advice would be greatly appreciated.
    As I published some (open source) Android apps for playing classical music and as I am developing with and using a Mac, I am always interested in an easy sync solution. I looked up DoubleTake, but found a photo panorama stitcher? Are you sure about that name?

    Regarding tagging: I always recommend kid3. It's free, reliable and multi-platform. I also published a tagger app for Android, but tagging on a PC and then syncing with the phone is the better method in my opinion.

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    Can I ask the same question? Is there really any difference between Google Play Music and Samsung Music which both come on my Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)...or between them and the downloadable apps such as Jet Audio? If so, any other apps to be recommended?
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