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