Find album art automatically with bliss

Find album art

bliss is an album art finder that is simple, fast and accurate. bliss finds and installs album art automatically. bliss is fully automated and can even add album art to your music in the background, as you add the music to your collection. bliss uses both reputable and expansive sources for its album art.

Automatic music manager

Automatic music manager

bliss works by applying rules to your music library. When you add an album to your library, bliss automatically assesses the album against your rules. If the album is non-compliant, bliss decides a fix to make sure the album obeys the rule, and optionally applies it automatically.

Runs on Synology, alongside Audio Station

Runs on Synology, alongside Audio Station

bliss runs on your Synology itself, as a background process. When music is added to your library, bliss sees this and applies its rules automatically to ensure your library remains consistent, complete and correct. Audio Station's album art and MP3 tags are automatically re-indexed by DSM.

How to install bliss on your Synology device

The Synology package is an .spk file, suitable for manual installation in Synology DSM Package Center. We'll also need to install Java.

First, download the .spk:

Now install Java. In DSM, open Package Center then, in the search box, type java8 and press ENTER. You'll see the Java packages:

Find the Synology Java packages in Package Center

It's best to choose Java 8. Click Install. Once complete, we can install bliss.

In Package Center, click Settings and then ensure Trust Level is set to Any publisher:

Ensure 'Trust Level' is set to 'Any publisher'

Click OK; you'll return to Package Center. To install bliss, click Manual Install:

Providing the spk file.

Browse to the downloaded .spk file and click Next. After a delay to confirm and install, bliss will be installed. To see the installed package, click Installed then scroll down to the bliss package. :

bliss installed as a Synology package

Run bliss, if it isn't already running, by clicking Run menu.

You can access bliss via the Main Menu in DSM. Click the Main Menu button at the top-left. This will show all running packages. Click the "bl" icon and this will open a new tab to the bliss UI.

Click the Main Menu button to access the bliss package, running

You'll be given an option to take a brief tour, or configure bliss yourself! Check out the tutorials for examples of how to use bliss.

Hint: your Synology music folder is normally located at /volume1/music so be sure to select that as your Music location.

Find it a bit slow? Speed up with an embedded JRE.

The default Synology JRE is an 'interpreted' one, meaning it's slower than one that allows 'compiled' code to run on the NAS. An example JRE is Oracle's embedded JRE. The reason the Oracle JRE isn't used by default is because it requires acceptance of a licence which means it cannot be redistributed. Aside from that, installing the Oracle embedded JRE is pretty simple:

In DSM, click the Main Menu icon at the top-left of the screen, then the Java installation you installed (e.g. Java8):

Click Java8 in DSM

Click Upgrade Java in the dialog box that appears. Follow the instructions in the dialog box, which are customised for your device (aside from: if the instructions say to download the v6/v7 version, interpret this to mean 32 bit).

Once completed, bliss needs to be restarted (if running) to pick up the new version.

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