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Release 20220705
2022-07-20 23:00
This release includes improvements for the album art rule, the Inbox, more performance improvements and support for Java 16 and later on Linux. Download… Read More
Release 20220531
2022-06-07 23:00
In this release: a few fixes for the tag accuracy and missing tag rules, specifically around ALBUM ARTIST and YEAR fields. Download Download… Read More
Release 20220513
2022-05-12 23:00
Normally Friday the 13th isn’t the day I’d choose to cut and release a new build but it turns out the last build wouldn’t even start on Synology DSM 7 so here we are&helli&helli…Read More
Release 20220503
2022-05-10 23:00
Another couple of bug fixes in this release, affecting the Windows app and the album detail page. Download Download Dow… Read More
Release 20220419
2022-04-28 23:00
This is a very small release with just one bug fix - to keep our “cadence” we’re releasing it anyway! Download Download… Read More
Release 20220329
2022-04-04 23:00
This release is the final one in our recent tranche of performance improvement releases. In this release we’ve made querying “lazier” (it’s better than it sounds!) a… Read More
Organising Compilations (with Rulesets)
2022-03-21 00:00
A common feature request for bliss is to allow the organisation of compilation albums in different ways to other albums in the collection. I recently received one such request by email, ask… Read More
Release 20220301
2022-03-09 00:00
The performance work continues in this release with big improvements to tag caching. After this release there will be one more release (I think) of further performance improvements… Read More
QNAP, Bliss And Digital Certificates
2022-02-24 00:00
We recently had a few reports from people using bliss to manage a music collection on their QNAP device. They reported that recent updates to QNAP firmware caused error messages to be shown… Read More
Release 20220217
2022-02-23 00:00
This release, and the next, concentrates on performance improvements. There should be some quite significant improvements to performance, particularly around I/O - writing and reading from… Read More
Release 20220201
2022-02-08 00:00
We’ve made some improvements around “linked releases” in this version, plus some small performance improvements. Download Down… Read More
Release 20220118
2022-01-25 00:00
In this release: improved OneMusicAPI queries for albums with missing track numbers and a number of other small improvements. Download Download… Read More
Release 20211207 - Missing Album Artists
2022-01-03 00:00
This release includes a long-requested feature to populate ALBUM ARTIST from existing tags. Plus: fixes to the way we query for information about multi-disc releases and an optimisation for… Read More
Release 20211124
2021-12-03 00:00
Never release on a Friday, they say… In the past week or two I’ve been mostly working on finding an elegant way of implementing autocompletion of ALBUMARTIST from existing tag… Read More
Release 20211109
2021-11-18 00:00
This release contains several improvements to the way we handle ID3v1 tags and any other tag schemes where some fields may be unsupported. There’s also a fix for startup on Synology… Read More
2021-11-09 00:00
We’ve improved some elements of file scanning in this release, and a minor although important fix to changing tag type. Download Download… Read More
Release 20211012
2021-10-25 23:00
This release has further improvements to the track number/name accuracy rules. Download Download Download… Read More
Release 20210928
2021-10-07 23:00
This release improves track name and position assessment, particularly suggested track names and avoiding false positives. Download Download… Read More
Release 20210903
2021-09-14 23:00
This release fixes a couple of problems around the new “ignore compliance” feature, and an issue in the file path rule. We also improved the reporting of errors when updating ta… Read More
2021-08-05 23:00
A big day for the bliss project - we have a new sister app! Astiga is a music streaming service… but for your own music. With Astiga, you connect to your music library stored in clo… Read More
Release 20210727
2021-07-26 23:00
This is a small release, building on the last which introduced both “ignore compliance” and the Synology package repository. It fixes just one small but quite impactful bug… Read More
2021-06-15 23:00
This is a small release with another bit of work taking us toward “ignore compliance”. There’s also some improvement to file notification listening and the way rules are e… Read More
Release 20210526
2021-06-02 23:00
This release includes the first work toward “ignore compliance”. There are also improvements to memory use, album grouping, display of current artwork and the cover art rule… Read More
Moving Comments
2021-05-25 23:00
Developing a software product in a solo, bootstrapped company is lonely. Feedback about the product is vital to development of the product but also to me personally. Unlike a services busi… Read More
2021-05-11 23:00
There’s mostly small improvements in this release. We collected a couple of issues relating to the use of ID3v1 tags, but other than that the fixes are all “miscellaneous”… Read More
Gems From The Internet Archive
2021-04-12 23:00
Before Spotify and the streaming services appeared, there was much moral panic about the impact of P2P file sharing on the Internet and the impact on artists. At about the same time, pluck… Read More
Release 20210408
2021-04-07 23:00
Another small release, this time with improvements to file update notifications and various elements of the main home page (also called the Inbox). Download… Read More
How To Embed Album Art In ITunes
2021-03-30 23:00
Interoperability. That’s what it’s all about when you have a home music network. Sooner or later you’ll add a device - a new hi-fi, phone, car stereo, whatever… you… Read More
Release 20210316
2021-03-25 00:00
A bunch more improvements in this release! We’ve changed the behaviour of Apply rules to also include a new filesystem scan. In addition, there are a few UI improvements, fixes to rul… Read More
2021-03-11 00:00
This is a maintenance release with a bunch of stuff fixed and improved. Perhaps most importantly for those with many MP4 files: before we were not correctly closing file handles after scan… Read More
2021-03-04 00:00
Last year I blogged about four musical analysis podcasts I enjoy listening to. Podcasts are still my favoured medium for this. But the video content behemoth YouTube is also a source of a… Read More
2021-01-29 00:00
Emergency! Thanks to a keen eyed devops engineer, we recently discovered two major weaknesses in the way bliss queries metadata and cover art. More specifically: the way it uses certificat… Read More
Release 20210119
2021-01-27 00:00
As reported previously, bliss now runs in Synology DSM 7, the latest (although currently in-beta) major version of the Synology NAS operating system. This new release of bliss contains sup… Read More
2021-01-12 00:00
bliss is running in DSM 7.0! Synology are currently in the midst of a beta programme for the new version of their NAS operating system: DiskStation Manager 7.0. DSM is the operating syst… Read More
Cloud Music Lockers
2021-01-06 00:00
Three months ago I surveyed the best cloud storage services for music. Those were generic storage services what you can use to store anything, although I focused on their applicability to… Read More
Repair FLAC Files
2020-12-09 00:00
Back in 2015 I wrote a popular post about finding corrupt FLAC files. Unfortunately I left the post on a bit of a cliff-hanger… once you’ve found some corrupted files, what do… Read More
Release 20201118
2020-11-25 00:00
This release contains an important user experience improvement to how manual fixes are executed, plus some smaller bug fixes. Download Download… Read More
2020-11-18 00:00
Cognitive biases are a fascinating explanation of why we sometimes make irrational decisions. I was wondering: if the majority of people are making a given decision, and I have a differen… Read More
Release 20201026
2020-10-30 00:00
This release has an important optimisation to the data that bliss stores in its Activity stream. Also, some fixes for file update listening, licensing and reducing duplicate metadata looku… Read More
Release 20201013
2020-10-20 23:00
Just around the corner, any day now… macOS Big Sur will be launched. So we’ve been testing bliss on macOS Big Sur using the developer previews and public beta versions and we… Read More
First Song Bias
2020-10-07 23:00
Anyone else feel the first song of an album has a particular significance? That is, it is elevated in its import simply by being the first song on an album? I often think about this in r… Read More
Six Cloud Storage Services For Music
2020-09-30 23:00
There’s no doubt the mainstream of music listening has moved to streaming services. The old model of collecting, storing and maintaining your music collection has become a niche. An… Read More
Release 20200916
2020-09-22 23:00
Another week, another release, with some more bug fixes. This time the fixes are scattered in different areas. Missing and accuracy settings In the tag accuracy and missing tag rules… Read More
Release 20200903
2020-09-08 23:00
A few more bug fixes in this week’s release, with a special concentration on the progress indicator (the Scanned n of m albums text). The progress indicator should now update when… Read More
2020-08-27 23:00
This is a small update - with the only major change being an improvement to scanning which prevents the scan ending abruptly in certain circumstances. Before, there were some classes of… Read More
Release 20200721
2020-07-28 23:00
In this release we’ve made some further improvements to scanning. In addition we’ve fixed some bugs and added a useful new ability to the track number format and file organisati… Read More
Release 20200701
2020-07-01 23:00
This release includes some small but important fixes to file update listening and updating music files. When listening mode is enabled and settings are changed, avoid database errors… Read More
Release 20200622
2020-06-22 23:00
We’re keeping up the momentum on releases and, even though focus is on other areas in the bliss project right now, we’ve got a few more improvements to share. So here they are!… Read More
An Interview With The Computer Audiophile
2020-06-18 23:00
For those not tuned into to our social media channels (like our Twitter or Facebook accounts) I thought I’d just draw your attention to a written interview I completed for the Compute… Read More
Release 20200602
2020-06-07 23:00
This small, but important, release includes some more improvements related to file scans, plus an important fix for anyone using UNC paths on Windows. This release’s changes are:… Read More
Release 20200526
2020-05-27 23:00
We had a number of reports of problems in the file scan since the past few releases; this release fixes those, plus includes a bunch of other improvements. This release continues the wor… Read More
2020-05-18 23:00
Should I feel scared? Panicked? Protective? Angry? When a collective event occurs, especially one that not only affects a town, a state or a country but even the entire world, it’s… Read More
Release 20200506
2020-05-11 23:00
This is another small release to keep momentum - again, while small, the fixes are important. The key problems fixed in this release are: The file watcher wasn’t being correctly st… Read More
Release 20200423
2020-04-27 23:00
This is a small release, but with some quite important bug fixes. The first important fix relates to rescanning albums from the album page. We introduced a bug a couple of versions ago w… Read More
The Art Of Album Covers
2020-04-21 23:00
In the eight decades they’ve been around, album covers have carried some quite outstanding and eclectic imagery. We all have our favourites. They seem to have punctuated our lives in… Read More
Synology Music Packages
2020-04-14 23:00
NAS devices have become common for self-hosters and audiophiles alike. One of the leading manufacturers is Synology. Like with many other NAS makers, Synology allow the capabilities of thei… Read More
Release 20200331
2020-04-05 23:00
After we found some fundamental issues with 20200311 we pulled it - this new release contains the original good stuff in 20200311, but with music file scanning fixed. We moved to RxJava… Read More
Music Syncing With Nextcloud
2020-04-01 23:00
What’s difficult doesn’t get done. I’m often reminded of that when I realise I forgot to sync my phone with my latest music. Such is the plight of the self hoster. So some… Read More
2020-03-20 00:00
I’ve decided to pull the last release, due to a significant issue found in the way we scan music files. I’m working on a fix right now, but it’s taking a while, and I thou… Read More
Release 20200311
2020-03-17 00:00
There are some small improvements on the surface of this release, but underneath a revolution is taking place in the way bliss reads and flows information through its platform… Th… Read More
Pioneer CDJ Album Art
2020-03-03 00:00
If you have a computer-only setup for audio, you have it easy. It’s proprietary audio hardware where things get difficult. I’ve written a lot about in-car audio over the years;… Read More
Audiobook Boxsets
2020-02-25 00:00
Seems that these days, in our household, we have more children’s audiobooks running through our CD ripping workflow than music. Still, anything for a quiet car journey… At C… Read More
Release 20200212
2020-02-17 00:00
Last week’s build was going to be a sedate affair - open a Terminal, cd build, run the build and the new version of bliss pops out the other end… Unfortunately Apple had anoth… Read More
Pioneer NEX Album Art
2020-02-11 00:00
Pioneer make a range of third-party AV receivers you can have installed in your car. They include large screens, perfect for viewing album art on. Unfortunately these devices sometimes don… Read More
2020-02-04 00:00
This release promotes the new, improved, Inbox. We’ve taken a bunch of feedback and produced something that I hope makes it easier to visualise the latest problems found in your music… Read More

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