Take control of your music with intuitive controls, customizable interface and beautiful design.

“...the design is tastefully done and finding your way around your music is a breeze...One of the best options for playing local music.” – David Nield, Gizmodo

“Fortunately, Cesium is here…If you want the old Music app back with a few improvements thrown in, look no further than Cesium.” – Christina Warren, Mashable

"[...going] back to local music with @CesiumApp and I have never been happier." – Nilay Patel, The Verge (Editor-in-Chief)

• Swipe left to add to queue, swipe right to play or shuffle.
• Sort playlists by artist, album and more!
• Edit, reorder or shuffle your Queue at any time!
• Use Classical Mode to sort select genres by composer.
• Local star ratings (plus Today Widget)
• Easily access compilations while keeping your Artist and Composers list uncluttered.
• Resume Queue
• Customizable Tabs
• Night Mode
• Custom Themes
• Landscape Mode
• Gesture Controls
• No ads or locked features
• Get development updates, feature guides, news and more at!

NOTE: Cesium requires to be installed.

What's New

Version 4.0.6

Couple minor bug fixes, but I don't want to describe them because it's *embarrassing*, you guys. Queue Clear and widget play buttons now work properly again.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

301 Ratings

301 Ratings

Great despite some minor issues


This app is an ideal replacement for Apple’s increasingly bizarre and user-hostile Music app. Cesium lets you listen to your music library conveniently and simply, just like the iPod used to. Artists are sorted sensibly by album, and you can also sort by track or album. It handles compilation albums well too. And best of all, you can shut off iCloud cleanly, so you can just see what’s actually on your phone - a simple concept that seems lost on Apple and most music app developers.

Cesium has some flaws. I find the “Queue” feature confusing, random and unnecessary - I would gladly trade it for a simple “create a playlist” feature. Similarly, for some reason you can’t pause playback for 8 seconds the first time you play a track. Once you pause it, though, it reacts quickly after that. (But only that same track.)

But overall, Cesium sets the standard for how a smartphone music app should work. Oddly, Apple itself actually set this standard in the first place but seems to have sabotaged it for no real purpose. It’s nice that Cesium still bothers to remember how it’s done.

Just What I’ve Been Looking For

Peter Sherman

I’ll try to keep it simple, since there is so much one can say about an app that contains so much power and flexibility within such a simple and elegant interface. It does all the basics very well, but for me it’s a few of the deeper features that make all the difference. The three things I value most in Cesium are: 1) The ability to specify a genre (or genres) to sort by composer - a wonderful approach for viewing classical music; 2) The ability to view detailed info about songs, such as composer(s) and comments - one tap tells me who wrote the song I’m listening to; and 3) The ability to tag multiple genres in iTunes that sort out in Cesium as separate genres - artists or albums or songs can at last appear in two or more genres. No other app I’ve seen has even one of these features. Now that I am using Cesium, I am inspired to go back to my desktop iTunes library and tweak my tagging knowing it will enhance my listening enjoyment on my iPhone. What a great job - well done!

Best Replacement for the basic Music App I Could Ask For


I originally downloaded this app because I didn’t like how the normal music app looked after Apple Music got introduced. One of my favorite options, view all music by artist, had been removed. So I found this app to be my replacement and I’ve loved it since. It has all the features I want in a music app and it has a good UI too. Hands down my favorite part though is the developer support. This dev really knows what to work on first and is really good about communicating how the app is coming along. I have no clue what’s being changed about half my apps when I update them because they stopped including anything besides “Make sure to keep us updated and thanks for using our app!” Which doesn’t tell me at all if I should care whether or not there’s an update. This developer puts all the notes in the updates and I always get excited when there is an update since I’ll know exactly how the app is coming along and what is changing. 5/5


Mike Clay
4 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2018 Michael Clay
In-App Purchases
  1. Unbelievable Tip $4.99
  2. Amazing Tip $1.99
  3. Generous Tip $0.99


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