Blade is an open source music player for Android, allowing you to play music from multiple services : files on your phone, Spotify, and more.

Overview

Blade Player

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Blade is an open source music player for Android, allowing you to play music from multiple services : files on your phone, Spotify, and more.

Blade is available on Google Play, or here on GitHub.

Feature overview

Blade Player is developed by me (@vhaudiquet) alone, so the project cannot be tested on many devices and scenarios ; if you find an issue, open one here.

  • The app will open on your library, categorized as Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists (available in the navigation drawer).
  • It allows you to manage libraries for songs (add/remove from source library) and playlists ( add/remove from playlist, create/remove playlists)
  • It supports Android 'dark theme' (the screenshots above are done on a dark themed system).
  • It is completely free (there are no ads, no limited version)
  • It caches the library locally, so launching Blade requires virtually no data (only refreshing tokens and status of sources servers)
  • (TODO) It has a 'data saving' mode that allows you to listen to music while consuming very low mobile data (by not loading album arts)
  • The search feature allows you to search the local library instantly
  • (TODO) The "explore" mode allows you to search and browse sources for new music (for example search all Spotify and look for new releases)
  • It has a layout that can adapt for tablet users (landscape layout)
  • It is available in different languages : English or French (and you can easily help me traduce it)

Supported services (music sources)

  • Local (i.e. files on your phone)
  • Spotify

About Spotify

You will need a Spotify Premium account to play music from Spotify, but you can use Blade without a premium account (to play your Spotify playlists from other sources, for example)

Blade is using the official Spotify Android Auth library and Retrofit to access the Spotify Web API, i.e. to obtain user library and playlists. In order to play music from Spotify, Blade uses the librespot-java library.

For now, Blade will act as a Spotify Connect peripheral. Please do not try to control Blade with Spotify Connect. It won't work, and it will glitch the app.

When connecting Blade and Spotify, i am for now obligated to ask directly for your username and password, 2 times : one for librespot-java, which requires them directly (Spotify does not allow streaming music from their API authentification), and one for Spotify Android Auth, which uses the secure OAuth2 protocol. I can only promise you that i am not stealing your credentials ; if you are paranoid, you may build Blade from sources or use a network analyzer to see that all network traffic goes to Spotify servers.

Special thanks to the people at librespot-org and librespot-java ; without them, Spotify support would not have been possible.

Future updates

New features and bug fixes or improvements are coming. Here is a list of what i want to implement :

  • SPOTIFY: Use Android Native Decoders, and/or libtremolo if native decoder not present
  • UI: Show albums in an 'album view' instead of a list
  • Add new services : SoundCloud, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, WebDAV/FTP Servers...
  • UI/CORE: Add a way to explore web sources for new content (cf. 'explore' mode above)
  • CORE: 'Blade' playlists, that can contain song from all sources

Contributing

See CONTRIBUTING.md

Older versions

If you want older (i.e. < 2.0) versions of Blade, you can check the old repository.

Comments
  • Categorize local search the same as explore search

    Categorize local search the same as explore search

    At the moment you can only search for song titles. However, I often also want to search for artists. Adding this seems to be fairly simple. But thinking a little further, searching for playlists or albums could be needed as well. The search probably should differ depending on the currently selected category in the navigation drawer. Here are my thoughts:

    artists -> search for artists albums -> search for album name and artist songs -> search for song title and artist playlists -> search for playlist name

    enhancement 
    opened by LakkesW 2
  • changed title and dialogTitle for selection of theme in settings

    changed title and dialogTitle for selection of theme in settings

    The settings always show the menu item "Dark Theme", no matter which theme is actually selected. The same applies to the title in the theme selection dialog (see screenshot).

    settings_dialog

    This PR replaces title and dialogTitle with a separate string resource.

    opened by LakkesW 2
  • Remember last played when you open the app

    Remember last played when you open the app

    I'm using an app called PodAlarm together with Blade Player that let's you chose any app to set it up as your alarm. After you chose an app to play music/podcasts/radio, what it does is, it opens the chosen app and then it'll send a play command to the app, in my case Blade, so you have to have something ready to be played. Since Blade when it first opens doesn't show your last played song in your last played playlist, before bed I chose an album to be played, stop it, and let the app open. It's working great, but it would be even better and more reliable if the app would open always with the last played, so in the case it gets closed or you forget to select something and leave it opened, it will always play something.

    opened by maxsubs 0
  • Add Export library options

    Add Export library options

    I'd be nice to being able to export our library (artists/albums/songs/playlists) to a txt/csv... file, just in case we lose our account or something. I don't know if we can already access it with some file explorer, they sure are locally stored, but can't find any Blade folder on my Android.

    opened by maxsubs 0
  • Ability to sort, filter and other improvements to library

    Ability to sort, filter and other improvements to library

    I have a very large library, mostly albums, so scrolling through the artists, albums and songs is a pain. I'd like to suggest some things to make the experience even better: -Add sorting options to Artists, Albums, Songs and Playlists such as, by added date, release date (Albums), number of songs (Albums/Artists), name. All of them with the options of reverse sorting. -Add filters: So if you have many albums, chances are, some of them may have featuring artists/collaborations and that will add up the amount of artists to your library with many artists with only one or very few songs, cause they only feature in a song of an album, which would make your Artists section huge, it'd be nice to be able to filter artists by number of songs, so you can hide, say, artists with less than 5 songs. Some other filtering idea could be by genre (Artists/Albums). -Add fast scrolling on the right edge of the screen with an indicating letter popping out as you scroll. -Don't go back to the top whenever you open an artist/album/playlist and go back to the main section, i.e. if you go down on your artists library an open Elvis Presley and then go back, it will go to the top of your artists section. -Make the Sinchronize button consistent on landscape and vertical view. On landscape view, you get to see the icon, whether on vertical view you have to click on the 3 dots tor an option on the menu.

    These are only ideas, I don't know to what extent they can be implemented or not, I'd write more ideas and hopefully I could contribute to something, like the Spanish translation, let me know if needed. I'm enjoying a lot this software :)

    opened by maxsubs 0
  • track order messed up on multi cd albums

    track order messed up on multi cd albums

    If the album on my library has more than one cd, the order of the tracks isn't right, they go 101, 201, 102, 202, 103, 203... take this as an example. I don't know if this can be solved or we should get around it by creating a playlist for these albums. OT: any way to access spotify web or some unofficial client that let's you add/remove albums or create playlists? I just don't want the official player installed only for this. This is an amazing app! thanks!

    bug 
    opened by maxsubs 1
Releases(v2.1)
  • v2.1(Feb 4, 2022)

  • v2.0(Jan 19, 2022)

    Blade Player - Version 2.0

    This is Blade Player 2.0. It is a complete rewrite from scratch of the concept of the original blade-player. This release should be far more stable than the last (1.5.4) version.

    However, some features (themes, data saving mode, explore mode) are yet to be completed ; but I still think that 2.0 is better than 1.5.4 (in my everyday use), this is why i'm releasing.

    Please keep in mind that this release was entirely coded in 22 days by one programmer. I cannot test it intensively, and i can't fix everything, so there are still minor bugs : some that i'm aware of, some that i'm not... Feel free to open an issue if you encounter one.

    The codebase is much cleaner than the one of the original project, which will allow me to add more services and functions. There should be more versions soon.

    Source code(tar.gz)
    Source code(zip)
    app-release.apk(3.66 MB)
    mapping.txt(17.52 MB)
Owner
Valentin HAUDIQUET
Valentin HAUDIQUET
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