I ♡ Music
A downloadable tool for Windows
I started working on this a few years ago, and have tinkered with it on and off, and using it as my main music player all that time. I decided to make it because I couldn't find one that was just the way I wanted it. And now that it is fairly complete, it makes sense to share it.
I wanted an offline, local app MP3 player for Windows. One that was really fast and responsive, and could handle large number of songs/albums without slowing down. My personal music collection is around 1000 albums/16 000 songs/100GB, so it must definitely be able to handle that.
Also, I listen almost exclusively to albums. Not single tracks or playlists. So I wanted a player that put albums first, that makes it easy to browse albums and listen to a whole album in one go. Some players are very playlist focused, and I didn't want that.
Another thing is I really like the artwork on album covers, sleeves and leaflets. I wanted a player that is very visual, that puts the artwork front and center, and allows me to flip through leaflets when available. Something which feels a bit like a real world album collection.
The last clear requirement I had from the start, was that I didn't want it to feel "busy". There shouldn't be too much going on in the player window. Rather go a bit minimalist. I feel like some players have too much information and animations, and that's just a bit stressful.
I think I've managed to make a player which meets all those requirements. I have bundled it with some music from Free Music Archive, so there is some content for those who just wants to test things out for a bit before going through the trouble of adding your own songs.
I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think :-)
The source code for this application can be found here: https://github.com/mattiasgustavsson/i-love-music
Just download the zip file and unzip it anywhere. A comprehensive user guide is included.