as someone who loves to listen to classical music, I have despaired for almost 20 years that there is no player that could answer typical requests to my (somewhat large) music collection in a user-friendly way.
- which recordings of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony do I have?
- show me all works for violin
- show me all my CDs on which Lorin Maazel conducts
- list my Radiohead albums by release date (or course, there’s not only classical!)
My first attempt to develop such a player myself ended after some time in metadata hell. Then I found MusicBrainz and realized that this database contains everything (and much more) a typical classical music nerd needs. So I started to develop a player, which is basically just a player-oriented GUI for a subset of the MusicBrainz DB (namely the part that has something to do with the files in my collection).
Having been carrying this idea around for a few years now, it seems so obvious to me that I find it hard to believe that no one has done this before. Does such a player already exist and I just haven’t found it? If not, why? There really is a need for good players that can handle classical music!