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Music streaming for BSD

Hello based people of lemmy,

I have recently started trying out BSDs as an alternative to Linux and found out that Spotify isn’t supported. Before you say try it in a browser this doesn’t work as spotify has DRM that doesn’t work on BSD OSes.

Now is there a way to stream music similar to Spotify? I know there is a downloader program available.

Furthermore do you know what self-hosted options are available? I already have a basic *arr stack and am always up for convoluted server and Linux hijinks.

rockhandle ,

I can personally vouch for Qobuz as they usually have the music I’m looking for. Deezer is also a really popular option. Idk if they have all that drm stuff or not. Ofc YT music exists, but they don’t have lossless audio

lickmysword ,

Deezer by default has drm I think. But people are also sharing premium arls that one can use with demix? Might have that name slightly wrong but with the win/Linux app one can grab music as mp3 320kbps.

rambos ,

You can add lidarr to your stack. Its not that good like radarr/sonarr imo

art , avatar

Spotifyd should be able to be compiled in BSD. Requires a premium account. You can pair it with the TUI.

nutbutter ,

I use Jellyfin to stream my music library (which is over 20 GiB) everywhere.

Also, there is this unofficial way to install Jellyfin on BSD.

Edit – I am willing to give you temporary access to my public server, if you want to try it out.

areyouevenreal OP ,

I tried that method. It’s seriously borked if you ever want transcoding to work. Jellyfin has a customized version of ffmpeg they used that just dosen’t exist on FreeBSD to the best of my knowledge. You can maybe make it work with the FreeBSD version but it would be an ugly hack.

nutbutter ,

If music available on YouTube is enough, you can use, or host your own Beatbump server. is a what I use occasionally.

MigratingtoLemmy ,

Real pirates wouldn’t care because they would have downloaded everything they want to listen to anyway /s

Jokes aside, is mpd not supported? These days I don’t even want to go to Spotify with how good YT Music is with my recommendations. I just download something if I listened to it more than three times.

just_another_person ,

BSD for media applications of any kind is gonna give you a bad time. It’s still very much meant for non-drsktop applications. Network hardware, sure. Desktop, naw.

Oha , avatar

try Qobuz. They dont have that hardcore drm afail

montar ,

You can try YT music via piped.

Painfinity ,

I’m trying to finally switch from Windows to Linux, meanwhile this mf is already trying out alternatives to Linux. That’s when you know you’re late to the game.

areyouevenreal OP ,

Yep, installed my first Linus Distro in primary school at about 11 yo. Now I am 23.

In all seriousness while I think FreeBSD and GhostBSD are very cool, and have some interesting server applications they do have some annoying limitations. It’s not really their fault either, it sucks being the 4th most common platform/kernel/whatever. The FreeBSD people seem less uptight about working with proprietary software as it’s not the same kind of Open Source Linux is because it’s not copyleft. So you can use their code wherever even in closed source products. They include things like Nvidia drivers straight in their repos.

As for what makes them different/interesting: Linux is very capable but also kind of over engineered, confusing, and somewhat jank. BSDs are generally more simple. You would think this makes them less capable but aside from software support they often have more useful features. BSDs had Jails before Containers where supported properly on Linux.

BSD is almost what Linux is to Windows: faster, more stable, less annoying, and with a fraction of the users, hardware and software support. It’s also a bit more complex to do certain things out of the box - though GhostBSD does give you a GUI and decent installer.

Also BTRFS on Linux feels like this:

Child: “Can we have ZFS?”

Mother: “We have ZFS at home.”

ZFS at home: BTRFS

Like it’s good that it exists, a lot better than other OSes had for a while, but it just doesn’t compare to the stability and performance of the original. There are some areas where it’s a bit more flexible and that can be useful, but generally it’s just not as good. Pretty much Linux, then Apple, then Microsoft all tried copying ZFS, only worse. Heck it actually came from Sun Microsystems, then got Open Sourced allowing the FreeBSD people among others to port it to their system. Linux now has BCacheFS which might be even better but it’s too early to tell.

Sorry for the long response. Thought I would explain some stuff while I am here.

Painfinity ,

No worries, 'twas a very interesting read!

areyouevenreal OP ,

Glad you enjoyed. I would give one of the BSDs a go. NomadBSD is a good option to try out as it’s designed as a persistent live system that runs from a USB drive. Let me know if you have any questions, though I am far from an expert on this yet.

backhdlp , avatar

There are some BSDers that unironically consider Linux too mainstream.

reddthat , avatar

Gonic / jellyfin / subsonic for streaming your local cd rips

jerrythegenius , avatar

Or pirated stuff other legally aquired media

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