When I play or choose music from my phone in public (using headphones, of course), I don't like how the album art is displayed in most players - usually covering half the screen. My main goal here is privacy - I don't always want to advertise what I'm listening to.

For example, my Android music player looks like this while playing, I don't like the huge banner, displayed on half the screen:
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VLC is a little better, but still has a banner covering a forth of the screen:
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I know it's possible turning if off on the lock screen (which helps), and that I can removed album art altogether (but having thumbnails is nice) - but is there also a music player (or a skin) that doesn't display album art so prominently while playing?

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    i'm not 100% sure if it is what you want, but have you tried VLC? (it has a setting at "Audio" to not use the art for lock screens.) Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 9:50
  • @DJCrashdummy - Thanks, VLC is pretty good, but could be better. I've added screenshots explaining what I don't like about the music player. The cover art could be explicit, but mostly it isn just something I don't want to share. I don't like it when people know what I'm listening to. 😶
    – Kobi
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 12:16

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Pulsar has the ability to disable artwork (Settings->Show Artwork).

It comes in both a Free and Pro version. The Pro version adds more themes and things like an equalizer, but even the free version includes the ability to disable album art and is a very useable music player.


PowerAmp has a 'Force Default Image' setting that prevents it from showing the actual album art.

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