This month in digital music libraries - September 2021

Newspaper In this month’s edition: stats on streaming, security issues with Synology NASes and musicians winding-up software developers.

Release 20210903

Confused This release fixes a couple of problems around the new “ignore compliance” feature, and an issue in the file path rule. We also improved the reporting of errors when updating tags.

Apple Music.app album artwork is a trainwreck

Music.app icon It’s almost two years since Music.app was launched on macOS devices and album artwork for self-stored music is still broken.

How can this be? We all know album art is important for people’s experience of their music.

But it turns out that this is a local-only, self-stored music problem. iCloud Music Library, when matched to your local music, isn’t affected; once it’s matched, Apple have their own artwork online.

I can’t help coming to the conclusion that self-stored music collections are not a profitable enough use case for Apple.

This month in digital music libraries - August 2021

Newspaper In August’s edition… mergers and acquisitions, YouTube Music messes up again, and a new self-hosting podcast!

Announcing: Astiga is our new sister app!

Astiga logo A big day for the bliss project - we have a new sister app!

Astiga is a music streaming service… but for your own music. With Astiga, you connect to your music library stored in cloud storage services - for example, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more. Then, you can play back your music from Astiga’s web app or its mobile apps. You can also cast music to devices in your home network.

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Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.