I would like a music player for IOS

PLEASE NOTE: I AM aware that Apple Music exists and what it does. I do not want to use it.

I have been looking for a good audio player for iPhone. My criteria are:

  • Reliably plays pretty much any audio format that was very popular in the last 20 years, but particularly any MP3, WAV, MP4 . Don’t care much about weird or proprietary formats, as this is just for my own use, not converting stuff or anything.
  • Plays files that I keep on my phone. That is to say: I will put files on my phone, and then the app will be able to see and play them. I am willing to move files to a specific directory with the Files app, but ideally, the music app will just open and play files I tell it to.
  • Can create and organize playlists of files.
  • Can reliably play back those playlists, in set or random order, once or looped.
  • Does not require a connection to the Internet in order to play local files.
  • Does not require a subscription. To anything.
  • Does not involve DRM. If I want content that is DRM-encumbered, I’ll play it in whatever the owner provides to play it in. This is for playing stuff I own.

So yep, pretty basic. Play some local audio files I want to play, in the order i want to play them. Pretty much what we have been able to do on computers since the mid-late 90’s.

The closest thing I have found to what I want is VLC. Unfortunately, the version for iPhone will sometimes stop playback in the middle of a playlist. I haven’t been able to figure out why. Based on the support information I have read online, I am the only person on the planet who has this problem.

I just tried the new Winamp, but it looks like it will only work with files in iCloud and/or stuff in Apple Music. It kinda looks that Winamp is just another way to do Apple Music stuff. That’s not what I want to do.

If anyone reading this has any useful recommendations, I would love to hear about them.

PLEASE NOTE: I AM aware that Apple Music exists and what it does. I do not want to use it.

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