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Talefish is a really simple directory based audio book player. 

This means:

  • You can open a directory of audio files (or a single file)
  • It remembers where you were the last time
  • It remembers where you were when you've opened another directory since

​Why simple?

  • almost everything is QML. opening big directories may take a while. (It's a lot faster if you have mediainfo installed!)
  • there are no file infos available (artist, cover etc). instead, directory and file names are displayed. image files like cover.jpg are displayed.
  • ability to play files should equal system media player audio files. *.mp3, *.m4a, *.m4b, *.flac, *.ogg, *.opus, *.wav, *.aac, *.mka can be opened.

there are and will be bugs. please tell me about them on talk.maemo.org or raise an issue on github ;)

Application versions: 
File talefish-0.0-1.armv7hl.rpm286.94 KB02/01/2016 - 03:31
File talefish-0.0-1.i486.rpm291.37 KB02/01/2016 - 03:31
File talefish-0.0-2.armv7hl.rpm287.2 KB03/01/2016 - 03:28
File talefish-0.0-2.i486.rpm291.62 KB03/01/2016 - 03:28
File talefish-0.0-3.armv7hl.rpm287.28 KB04/01/2016 - 21:52
File talefish-0.0-3.i486.rpm291.57 KB04/01/2016 - 21:52
File talefish-0.0-4.armv7hl.rpm287.56 KB06/01/2017 - 03:44
File talefish-0.0-4.i486.rpm291.99 KB06/01/2017 - 03:44
File talefish-0.0-6.armv7hl.rpm288.99 KB07/01/2017 - 17:38
File talefish-0.0-6.i486.rpm293.77 KB07/01/2017 - 17:38
File talefish-0.0-7.armv7hl.rpm296.17 KB22/01/2017 - 17:57
File talefish-0.0-7.i486.rpm300.36 KB22/01/2017 - 17:57
File talefish-0.0-8.armv7hl.rpm124.52 KB12/02/2017 - 02:50
File talefish-0.0-8.i486.rpm129.48 KB12/02/2017 - 02:50
File talefish-0.0-9.armv7hl.rpm126.56 KB05/03/2017 - 20:13
File talefish-0.0-9.i486.rpm131.53 KB05/03/2017 - 20:13
File talefish-0.0-10.armv7hl.rpm126.5 KB09/01/2018 - 11:59
File talefish-0.0-10.i486.rpm130.14 KB09/01/2018 - 11:59
File talefish-0.0-11.armv7hl.rpm128.64 KB08/11/2018 - 04:59
File talefish-0.0-11.i486.rpm132.46 KB08/11/2018 - 04:59
File talefish-0.0-12.armv7hl.rpm137.04 KB18/11/2018 - 23:56
File talefish-0.0-12.i486.rpm141.04 KB18/11/2018 - 23:56
File talefish-0.0-13.armv7hl.rpm137.63 KB25/11/2018 - 23:29
File talefish-0.0-13.i486.rpm141.58 KB25/11/2018 - 23:29

* Sun Nov 25 2018 velox 0.0-13
- bugfix: show correct pause cover action icon if secondary action is hidden
- bugfix: further layout fixes: total progress area + tablet layout
- bugfix: re-enable "progress slider swiping"; previously only click really worked
- bugfix: prevent not updating ("zeroing") progress when opening new files
- enhancement: readability enhancement for title in landscape with light ambiences
- translation updates: zh_CN; ru (thanks all!)

* Sun Nov 18 2018 velox 0.0-12
- enhancement: headset "call accept button" now keeps triggering long press action until released
- bugfix: hide empty total progress area with only one track loaded
- new translations: hu (thanks leoka), nl_BE (thanks pljmn), sl (thanks sponka), zh_CN (thanks rui kon)

* Thu Nov 08 2018 velox 0.0-11
- allow opening of .mka (thanks rrunner64!)
- enhancement: SF3 light ambience button colour fixes + cassette shade
- performance: huge performance increase while opening lots of files (when mediainfo is installed)
- enhancement: minor layout changes
- enhancement: haptic feedback when swiping cover area to change tracks

* Thu Jan 09 2018 velox 0.0-10
- allow opening of .aac (thanks jakibaki!)

* Sun Mar 05 2017 velox 0.0-9
- new translation: Dutch (thanks pljmn!)

* Sun Feb 12 2017 velox 0.0-8
- user request: second app cover button
- user request: .opus file support
- enhancement: cassette indicator now looks nice on hi-res screens
- packaging: reduce size dramatically
- translation updates (thanks, everyone!)

* Sun Jan 22 2017 velox 0.0-7
- new (EXPERIMENTAL/UNTESTED) feature/options: configure hang up button press + long press
- bugfix: fixed regression where skipping always paused playback
- added available parts (some features were implemented later) of sv/es/ru/pl translations (thanks eson/caballlero/ancelad/marmistrz)
- new page: about
- new option: purge old saved directory progress
- new convenience setting: reset playback speed by long pressing slider

* Sat Jan 07 velox 0.0-6
- bugfix: fix playback bug introduced in 0.0-5 while trying to fix speed issue
- bugfix: more sane speed reset workaround
- bugfix: skipping by time pauses playback when it switches to previous track
- add missing german translation strings

* Fri Jan 06 2017 velox 0.0-5
- bugfix: speed often resets to 100% as track switches
- new option (experimental): control with head set buttons (call/hangup = play/pause)
- new option: periodically save current progress
- new option: verbose logging
- new option: sort naturally when scanning files
- options are saved when leaving options page (previously only on clean app exit)

* Fri Jan 06 2017 velox 0.0-4
- Display file/folder names on Lock Screen
- Simple enqueue function (will not save progress for reopening that directory)
- Show directory name in Playlist view

* Sun Jan 03 2016 velox 0.0-3
- uppercase file suffixes (*.MP3 instead of *.mp3) allowed

* Sun Jan 03 2016 velox 0.0-2
- now lets you open *.mp3, *.m4a, *.m4b, *.flac, *.ogg. *.wav files (ability to play equals system media player)


velox's picture

Sorry it crashes… :( 

You can skip to the next track by swiping the cover image area, though.

subeditor's picture

Couple of minor bugs:

1. Sometimes next track in the directory starts not from the beginning but from position 10-20-30 seconds after track zero position.

2. If Tailfish is paused you open directory first paused track (from previous directory) will star to play.


Thank you again for great app.

norayr's picture

Hey, Thank you!

The cassette animation is very nice!

And it's very important that it's possible to choose directories and use them as playlists. Me and many others have untagged music which is organized by directories.

Thank you again!

unit247's picture

Hi, i am using talefish for listenin to audio books (mp3)

The chapter of the books are seperated into audio files with about 5minutes playtime, so there are quite many files in one folder.

Talefish often skips one of the files, so instead of playing chapter 5 after chapter4, it plays chapter 6 (when it skips, always skips just one chapter)

Apart from that, it is a great player, since Sabas seems to get no support anymore. And Sabas doesn't have the support for the multimedia buttons on the lock screen.

romu70's picture

I've a question for @velox: does the displayed cover comes from the local cover.jpg or albumart.jpg file or from the cover image embedded into the metadata?

Issue: cover, artist and track title not shown on lock screen.

velox's picture

No Metadata is used, only files in the opened directory.

minitreintje's picture

I found some bugs:

  • Talefish hangs when opening a directory (different songs everytime).
  • Sometimes I get 9642000% on the play queu (or something like that).
  • Opening directories with sorting on 'last modified' doesn't work always, however I guess it's related to the first bug.


velox's picture

Well, that doesn't sound good, does it? I've sent you a Message with a few follow-up questions to not flood this page. :)
Thank you for testing and giving feedback!

minitreintje's picture

Great music player! It's in beta/release candidate but already my favorite :)

It's the only music player that supports playing by sorting on modification date, this was a feature I was missing on Jolla... And the tape is nice!


eatdirt's picture

Thanks velox, works like a charm!

@eson, that's true but Unplayer does not work for me. Files do not appear in directories. There is also quasarmx, but it is a gas factory and it is quite slow and clumpsy to use in my opinion.

And the tape is so cool! ;)

eatdirt's picture

Very good, but not for audio books, for directory based-music!! there is no other players doing this, please add support for other file formats, such as aac, flac, dts, ac3 and so on, and you have the best directory-based music player. I did not notice any slow-down in opening huge directories, you rock!!

And the display is super nice, I love the tape advancing movie. Would be even nicer with a full tape advancing with the two wheels fitting in the screen?

eson's picture

You are wrong about no other players playing directory based music. Unplayer is actually doing a pretty good job, doing that.

velox's picture

Agreed, Unplayer did get even better with the directory filter.

subeditor's picture

But now it seems to be dead. Or asleep.

subeditor's picture

+1 for folder based player, more formats.

velox's picture

*.mp3, *.m4a, *.m4b, *.flac, *.ogg, *.wav files now allowed – if you know of other file types the normal media player can play, please let me know. I'll add them if they work.

subeditor's picture

BTW, I do not see "donate" button.

subeditor's picture

*.ape, *.wma files

velox's picture

Thanks for your kind words! Of course I'd be happy too if you listen to music with this instead of audio books! 
I will definitely check which file formats are supported by default and add some more file types "soon"™.

Yeah, the tape took quite a while to paint/program. Awesome that you like it as well. I actually did a test with both reels, but they were either too small to be of use or too dominant.