Must have apps for running your own personal media.
March 27, 2019: Added MediaElch for metadata editing, TagScanner for audio file metadata editing, and Emby as an alternative to Plex.
December 3, 2018: Added Soundiiz for online music service playlist synchronization.
July 30, 2018: Added Mylar and Ombi.
July 28, 2018: Added Honorable Mentions section with other noteworthy media apps.
July 11, 2018: Added cTiVo as a media downloader.
June 18, 2018: Added a section for Search and Indexer utilities, which may utilized by the various Media Managers also listed below.
Ombi is a front end user facing request system. It connects with your other media managers (CouchPotato, SickRage, SickGear, Sonarr, Lidarr, and Radarr, etc) to automate user requests and adding them into your media library managers.
A community-maintained open source database and encyclopedia of music information.
Discogs is a crowdsourced music database and marketplace. Discover music, buy and sell music with collectors in the Marketplace in all physical formats.
Shop for Music & Add to Your Collection
• Browse available music from sellers across the world.
• Complete purchases directly through the app using Discogs Payments or PayPal.
• Music app purchases are routed through secure servers to encrypt and safeguard personal information.
Sell Music From Your Collection
• List items for sale on the Discogs Marketplace.
• Track inventory of for sale items.
• Respond to inquiries from other Discogs users.
Catalog & Organize Your Collection
• Add and remove items from your Discogs Collection on the go.
• Check to see if you already own a record before you purchase it.
• Use your phone's camera to search for a release by the barcode.
• See how many items are in your Wantlist and Collection.
• Monitor the low, median, and high estimated values of your Collection.
View Marketplace Pricing
• Utilize Discogs Marketplace price-range and sales history for vinyl, CD and cassette at your fingertips.
• Know when you're striking gold with an unbeatable find by referencing marketplace data while crate digging.
• Never pay more than a record is worth by comparing prices with historical sales data.
• View your Collection's estimated value.
Add to your Wantlist
• Track your grail by adding it to your Wantlist.
• Get notifications on price changes and new listings on items you are tracking.
• Remove items from your Wantlist and add them to your Collection after purchasing.
Manage your Account
• Edit profile information for your personal Discogs account.
• Monitor your buyer and seller ratings.
• Reference your items for sale.
• Keep track of incoming messages, send new messages, and organize your inbox.
Discover New Music
• Search the database and discover new music from anywhere.
• Search VinylHub for record stores all over the world.
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 Amazon.com.
An open TV series database that can be modified by anybody, and accessed vi an XML API.
The database schema ais open source under the GPL, and are available at Sourceforge.
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.
Trakt.tv 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 Trakt.tv 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's proprietary Metascore distills the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number.
Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometer rating is the most trusted measurement of quality entertainment.
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
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 is a music collection manager for downloading and organizing music libraries. It is a fork of Sonarr designed for music.
Currently the only option for music that comes close to functionality in terms of its equivilents in the television and movie categories.
My go-to for movie management for the time being, though I am looking forward to Radarr becoming fully production-use worthy.
Music Playlist Synchronization between 20+ online music services.
Mylar is an automated Comic Book library manager. It automates downloads to series you subscribe to.
An NZB indexer proxy which supports built in result deduplication, load balancing queries across multiple upstream servers, result caching, and nzb caching. Also can be used as a search engine directly and can send desired results to download managers.
A torznab proxy which adds support for various bittorrent trackers to any media manager which supports the newznab API. Meaning any media manager which doesn't natively support a given bittorrent tracker for searching, can now be utilized indirectly through Jackett.
Cardigann is a torznab proxy search similar to Jackett but written in Go language. Cardigann compliments Jackett as it has support for many trackers which Jackett does not and vise versa.
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.
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 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.
Combined online storage and torrent download service that lets you fetch and stream media without downloading to your computer.
#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.
#2. My number two choice when you don't want to rely on any third party service.
#3. A good go-to media player for opening and playing back one-off files.
Apps that are noteworthy.
Augmentable with front-ends such as Youtube-DLG , youtube-dl is a small command-line program to download videos from YouTube 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 MPV .
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.
FlexGet is a multipurpose automation tool for all of your media
Support for torrents, nzbs, podcasts, comics, TV, movies, RSS, HTML, CSV, and more.
Medusa is a TV episode manager with a focus on anime and handling the anime episode numbering scheme.
A stable and well supported fork of SickBeard. SickBeard balances continued development with good testing and quality control. It's the safe choice when needing something more up to date than SickBeard but more stable than SickRage.
A fork from SickBeard with an active community and ongoing development.
The original PVR for TV episodes from usenet. From SickBeard came the forks SickRage, then later SickGear. SickBeard slowed development and became stale. SickRage picked up where SickBeard left off, and SickGear is a newer fork of SickRage with an emphasis in quality control on software testing and deployment.
cTiVo grabs tv shows from your TiVo via your network, and can transcode them or simply place and organize them into a local or network folder. It can automatically delete the successfully transferred content off your TiVo keeping space available for more content.
Calibre Web is a web UI to Calibre, a utility for automating book downloading and library management.
MediaElch is a MediaManager for Kodi. It directly accesses XBMCs database (SQLite and MySQL) and thumbnail cache to store information about movies and TV shows. Or it just generates nfo files and stores posters, backdrops, thumbnails beside your movies.
Media Center plugin that presents your media with a simple, intuitive, and fast interface.
TagScanner is a multifunction program for organizing and managing your music collection. It can edit tags of mostly state-of-the-art audio formats, rename files based on the tag information, generate tag information from filenames, and perform any transformations of the text from tags and filenames.
Supports ID3v1, ID3v2, Vorbis comments, APEv2, WindowsMedia and MP4(iTunes) tags. Powerful TAG editor with batch functions and special features. Playlist maker with ability to export playlists to HTML or Excel. Easy-to-use interface. Built-in player.
ReNamer is a very powerful and flexible file renaming tool, which offers all the standard renaming procedures,.
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this list is great
MediaPortal, MP3tag and MPTagThat deserve at least honorable mention!