Best Personal Media Apps

Must have apps for running your own personal media.

  • 1. Metadata Sources

  • MusicBrainz icon


    Free Web Android Website

    MusicBrainz is a community music metadatabase that attempts to create a comprehensive music information site. You can use the MusicBrainz data either by browsing this web site, or you can access the data from a client program — for example, a CD player program can use MusicBrainz to identify CDs and provide information about the CD, about the artist or about related information. You can also use the MusicBrainz Tagger to automatically identify and clean up the metadata tags in your digital music collections.

    MusicBrainz is a user-maintained open community that collects, and makes available to the public, music metadata in the form of a relational database. MusicBrainz was initially created by Robert Kaye in response to Gracenote taking over the free CDDB project and charging people for access to the (what up till that point had been free) data. The MusicBrainz community has grown considerably since then, and the project has expanded its scope from being a CDDB replacement to a true "Wikipedia for music".

    Additionally, freedb clients can access MusicBrainz data through the freedb protocol by using the MusicBrainz to FreeDB gateway (mb2freedb) service. It also very easy to import FreeDB entries into the MusicBrainz database (for missing CDs), by using MusicBrainz Picard 'manual lookup' functionality and then 'import freedb' on the relevant webpage.


  • Discogs icon


    Free Web Website

    We're on a mission to build the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace. Imagine a site with discographies of all labels, all artists, all cross-referenced, and an international marketplace built off of that database. It's for the love of music, and getting closer every day


  • IMDb icon


    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Kindle Fire Website

    The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, video games, and most recently, fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media. IMDb launched on October 17, 1990, and in 1998 was acquired by


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    Free Web Website

    An open TV series database that can be modified by anybody, and accessed vi an XML API.

    The database schema and website are open source under the GPL, and are available at Sourceforge.


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    Freemium Web Android iPhone Windows Phone iPad ... OpenELEC Serviio VLC media player MediaPortal Plex Emby XBMC Media Center LibreELEC Infuse Website

    trakt helps you keep a record of what TV shows and movies you are watching. Based on your favorites, trakt recommends additional shows and movies you'll enjoy!

    There is an official API available which is already used by 3rd party developers to offer native Apps on Android and iOS. is a platform that does many things, but primarily keeps track of TV shows and movies you watch. It integrates with your media center or home theater PC to enable scrobbling, so everything is automatic. Some people like to check in from their phone, so we enable that too. Discover new shows and movies, follow people with similar tastes and voice your opinion.

    The API powers hundreds of apps on all the popular platforms like Kodi, Plex, MediaPortal, VLC, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and more. The API is free to use, so start experimenting!


  • Metacritic icon


    Free Web Website

    Metacritic aggregates music, game, tv, and movie reviews from the leading critics. Only uses METASCORES, which let you know at a glance how each item was reviewed.


  • Rotten Tomatoes icon

    Rotten Tomatoes

    Free Web Website

    Movie Trailers, Movie Reviews and New Movie Previews from Rotten Tomatoes - The Ultimate Movie Reaction Site!


  • 2. Media Managers

    Media managers are programs designed to oversee the automation of your media collection. They take metadata for content you are interested in, track what you already have and what you still need, then watch indexes as content becomes available

  • Sonarr icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Mono Website

    #1 for Television series.


  • Radarr icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    A fork of Sonarr that is targeted for Movies. It isn't yet perfect, but it is getting very close to being able to be a full on replacement for Couchpotato.


  • Lidarr icon


    Free Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted Website

    Lidarr is a music collection manager for Usenet and BitTorrent users. It can monitor multiple RSS feeds for new tracks from your favorite artists and will grab, sort and rename them. It can also be configured to automatically upgrade the quality of files already downloaded when a better quality format becomes available.

    Major Features Include:
    Support for major platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, Raspberry Pi, etc.
    Automatically detects new tracks.
    Can scan your existing library and download any missing tracks.
    Can watch for better quality of the tracks you already have and do an automatic upgrade.
    Automatic failed download handling will try another release if one fails
    Manual search so you can pick any release or to see why a release was not downloaded automatically
    Fully configurable track renaming
    Full integration with SABnzbd and NZBGet
    Full integration with Kodi, Plex (notification, library update, metadata)
    Full support for specials and multi-album releases
    And a beautiful UI


  • Headphones icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    Currently the only option for music that comes close to functionality in terms of its equivilents in the television and movie categories.


  • CouchPotato icon


    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    My go-to for movie management for the time being, though I am looking forward to Radarr becoming fully production-use worthy.


  • Watcher icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted Website

    Watcher is an automated movie NZB & Torrent searcher and snatcher. You can add a list of wanted movies and Watcher will automatically send the NZB or Torrent to your download client. Watcher also has basic post-processing capabilities such as renaming and moving.

    Watcher is a work in progress and plans to add more features in the future, but we will always prioritize speed and stability over features.


  • 3. Downloaders

  • NZBGet icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    NNTP binary client. NZBGet performs better than SABnzbd in my testing by a factor of 4:1, however does not have all the bells and whistles as SABnzbd. Meaning some downloads that may fail in NZBget don't fail in SABnzbd. Only negative is that article sets that have lots of missing articles on primary servers, will cause the queue to slow down due to the way the logic handles how and when articles are fetched. Meaning an article set that has a high number of missing articles can block your queue where as NZBGet's competitor, SABnzbd would begin simultaneously starting the next article set in queue, meaining you don't have idle bandwidth going to waste if using SABnzbd. That said, all things considered, I prefer NZBget over SABnzbd due to the massive performance difference on downloading, reassembly, and unpacking.


  • SABnzbd icon


    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    NNTP binary client. Uses more CPU than NZBGet but it is a time tested and proven client, and powers through circumstances where NZBGet may fail. SAB uses a non-blocking method of trying secondary servers for articles.


  • Transmission icon


    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Xfce Website

    Transmission has the features you expect in a BitTorrent client: encryption, a web-based interface, peer exchange, UPnP and NAT-PMP port forwarding, web seed support, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more.


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    Commercial Web Website is an online storage service and BitTorrent client combined. It downloads and puts torrents into your personal, private online space. It can watch RSS feeds to download autmatically and make the downloaded files available in a number of ways via applications created by volunteers. We can stream your content to your iOS device, Android device, Roku, Boxee, Xbmc, and Plex.


  • youtube-dl icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD PC-BSD Website

    Augmentable with front-ends such as Small Youtube-DLG iconYoutube-DLG , youtube-dl is a small command-line program to download videos from Small YouTube iconYouTube and a hundreds other sites. It requires the Python interpreter and is therefore platform-independent.

    It can be integrated in other programs and so be used to watch online videos in local applications such as Small MPV iconMPV .


  • 4. Presentation & Playback

  • Plex icon


    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple TV Kindle Fire Roku Daydream Website

    #1. My number one choice for media playback of any type. Integrated sharing, accessibility via real time conversion and streaming or raw file bitstreaming to the Plex app made for every platform on any device.


  • Kodi icon


    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Raspberry Pi Fire TV Website

    #2. My number two choice when you don't want to rely on any third party service.


  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV Kindle Fire Haiku Xbox Website

    #3. A good go-to media player for opening and playing back one-off files.


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