Not a fan of Rhythmbox, better alternatives? Also Song Stores / buying music / not streaming

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Not a fan of Rhythmbox, better alternatives? Also Song Stores / buying music / not streaming

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Bear with me I'm new to linux and multimedia coming from itunes/music land. I've totally jumped ship from Apple with an iphone to Ubuntu with a Oneplus 8T. Went full on zealot mode after getting sick of Windows and Mac privacy issues. [but i digress..]

What is everyone using if you aren't using Rhythmbox? Nothing really wrong with RB persay, just wondering if there's something better for integration with an Android phone as well as keeping a music library maintained (personal music library but also sorting and archiving bounces, etc)?

Secondly, with Google no longer selling music and itunes not being a Linux thing, where does everyone buy their music? I detest streaming and I will not pirate. No spotify. Suggestions?

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BONUS POINTS if there happens to be an Android companion Music app. Is DoubleTwist still a thing?
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For me the best approach was to separate the the functions compared to all in one solutions on windows.

For library management I use puddletag, it's really powerful and can do batch file/folder naming if your tags are in order.

For playback I use mpd + cantata. I tried almost all other players on linux and found this to suit my needs the most. I think it has options to sync devices but I haven't tried that in years. If that doesn't work then you can set up custom actions (I have one to open the album in the file manager and another for opening the album in puddletag) so you should be able to set one up for sending to an external device I think.
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I use strawberry for my music player https://www.strawberrymusicplayer.org

I don't know what you mean exactly by integration but you can use kdeconnect to control media playback from an android phone. That's not specific to a music player, works with firefox as well.

bandcamp is a good place to buy music.
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I used to use iTunes on a Mac, but I agree the best approach on Linux is modular. I prefer Audacious with a WinAmp skin (cause I'm old school) as my desktop audio player, and I maintain my directory structure manually. I use ExFalso for tagging as needed.

On my phone I use VLC. I transfer files to my phone using a USB drive.

I don't purchase a lot of music these days. Sometimes I'll buy a CD at the thrift store. I'll download free tunes if available by the artist. Occasionally I'll buy an album on Amazon.
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Similar to RB but something I like better is Clementine. That said I don't use that much either. Music is served out via UPnP with servers like Mediatomb or Kodi. On my android phone I have UPnPlay. On desktops upmpdcli acts as a UPnP frontend to mpd. upplay is the GUI control point that creates your playlist and controls which device it goes to.

I buy CDs or Download links directly from musicians' merch table at shows and festivals. At least I used to before Covid. Mostly I just turn on the radio. ckua or stream kexp online.
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I use VLC
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