looking for accessible music library app

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon Jan 17 03:31:53 UTC 2022

i Would like to organize by artist and  albums  and create playlist…

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> On Jan 16, 2022, at 10:27 PM, Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com> wrote:
> What do you mean when you say "like iTunes?" Although I know some of what it is supposed to be able to do, I never used it, so I'm not sure what functionality you need. Are you trying to download music, to organize it or to play it? The best place to buy downloadable music now is probably Amazon, as unless I'm missing a site where I can buy flac or wav files from my favorite artists, Amazon has the best selection of mp3 files available for purchase. As for organizing music, I have seen many library style databases integrated into all kinds of player software that comes and goes, but nothing beats the good old filesystem. Files are usually already named according to either Artist - Title, Track# - Artist - Title or Track# - title, and those files are either stored inside the main music folder or in a folder named as Artist - Album, or at least this is what works best for me. Specifically, if I have a full album, I store the songs in Artist - Album/Track# - Title format. If I don't have a full album, say I have just 3 songs by an artist, most of the time from different albums, I just store them as Artist - Title in my Music folder, which incidentally is added to my home folder automatically by xdg-dirs I believe it's called, which is a tool integrated into most desktops that just kinda sets up the home folder with some reasonably logical locations for things. Many music players exist, but I tend to look for mpris-compatible players, as I have set up shortcut keys that call playerctl to perform various functions. Some of the best music players include Audacious, which used to have its own hotkey shortcut functionality but seems to lack the feature in a screen reader accessible way now, Clementine, which does have shortcut key functionality and can minimize to the notification tray, Strawberry, which is a fork of Clementine, but has some additional preference options, Deadbeef, which is somewhat like Audacious in its functionality, and then there's good old vlc, which has its issues playing files gaplessly, but plays audio and video files in many formats, and mpv, which plays even more audio and video files and can even play them straight off Youtube and other websites. If you're specifically looking for library database and player functionality in a single package, Clementine, Strawberry and Rhythmbox can all do this, although I don't use that specific functionality, so I couldn't tell you how well it works. Many of the players I mention here will also allow you to fix their tags if they're not correct for some reason, or write them if they don't already exist as well. If there is some other functionality you needed that I'm not aware of, feel free to let me know. Hope this helps.
> ~Kyle
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