Best Personal Media Apps

Must have apps for running your own personal media.


  • 1. Metadata Sources

  • MusicBrainz

    Free Web Android Website

    MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

     

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  • Discogs

    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

     

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  • IMDb

    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 Amazon.com.

     

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  • TheTVDB.com

    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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  • Trakt.tv

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Windows Phone iPad ... OpenELEC TheTVDB.com 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.

    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!

     

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  • Metacritic

    Free Web Website

    Metacritic's proprietary Metascore distills the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number.

     

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  • Rotten Tomatoes

    Free Web Website

    Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometerâ„¢ rating is the most trusted measurement of quality entertainment.

     

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  • 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

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Mono Website

    #1 for Television series.

     

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  • Radarr

    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.

     

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  • Lidarr

    Free Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted Website

    Lidarr is a music collection manager for downloading and organizing music libraries. It is a fork of Sonarr designed for music.

     

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  • Headphones

    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.

     

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  • CouchPotato

    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.

     

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  • Watcher

    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.

     

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  • 3. Downloaders

  • NZBGet

    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.

     

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  • SABnzbd

    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.

     

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  • Transmission

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... 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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  • Put.io

    Commercial Web Website

    Put.io 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.

     

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  • youtube-dl

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD PC-BSD Website

    A small command-line program to download videos from Small YouTube iconYouTube and many other sites.

     

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  • 4. Presentation & Playback

  • Plex

    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.

     

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  • Kodi

    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.

     

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  • 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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Comments on Best Personal Media Apps

Ola
· Mar 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Awesome list! Keep up the good work and let us know if miss something with lists or if you have any feature requests and so on. We just added commenting as you notice when you read this :)

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