Letterboxd-like apps to track other forms of media

Jaden Cheloha, Staff Writer

For covering such a small niche, the movie-tracking app Letterboxd absolutely dominates that niche and is quite the juggernaut when it comes to a place where you can let your opinions on the films you watch fly freely. For being the most streamlined and popular review app, it does only consist of tracking the movies you watch. So, what if you were interested in logging any and all forms of media you consume? Luckily, I’ve found a few of the best apps if you’re interested in keeping track of the TV shows you watch, the music you listen to, the books you read, and the video games you play. 


Trakt.tv / TV Time 


There are two equally equipped apps contending for the best way to log TV shows. Both TV Time and Trakt function in nearly the same exact way, with each app opening to a Watch Next page. This displays every show you’re currently watching, with a “track” button next to the episode once you finish it. Further options for reviewing the episode (and in TV Time’s case, options to track which platform you watched the episode from) can be found by clicking the thumbnail of the show. 

Another very versatile feature shared between the two is the Upcoming section. This gives you a timeline for when new episodes of your shows are airing. Plus, just like Letterboxd, they both have a watchlist for your unmatched shows, A Lists function for organizing those shows, and an option to make comments on the TV show as a whole or individual episodes for others to read. 

However, there is one aspect to Trakt.tv that could say you in it’s direction. The app has a feature called the Plex Scrobbler. In a nutshell, this feature uses webhooks to automatically log what you’re watching. This also allows for your status on the app to be set to currently watching, as the plugin can tell when you have a show running. If this sounds like something you need when tracking the shows you watch, then this could tip the scale in favor of Trakt. However, it does come with a catch. To use this, you need to be using the VIP plan of the app, which means you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription to gain access to this feature. The cheapest plan the Scrobbler is included in is priced at $2.50 a month. 




With the smallest set of features to make it a truly unique music-tracking app, Musicboard is probably the closest relative to Letterboxd compared to any of the other apps. That could also be seen as a positive, as it probably has a learning curve which is the easiest to follow. 

The app is as simple as any to figure out. Find the album or song you want to review, either from the Home menu or the search bar, and click Write Review. You can add a title, make the review public or private, and even pin the review so it’s the first one people see when they view your profile. The page for an album also provides you with plenty of statics to view, including the total number of ratings, the average rating for the album, and the average rating for every song on it. 




I’m not the one to sit down a read an entire book over the course of a few hours, but on the occasion, I do finish a book, I thought I might want a place to log it. Luckily, there’s good reads. Just like the rest of these apps, there’s all the basic functions of a media-tracking app, included with more unique functions much better catered to keeping track of books specifically. 

The first of these are the three folders in which you can organize your books. There’s Want to ReadCurrently Reading, and Read, which are all pretty easy to understand what their purpose is. The other biggest feature, which can be split into many smaller features, can be found in the Currently Reading folder. It’s equipped with a plethora of ways to keep yourself and your friends updated on how far you are into a book. 

Acting as a kind of digital bookmark, you can mark the page number you’re on, or find the percentage of how far you’re into the book and log that (If you opt for recording the page number, the app will automatically calculate the percentage for you. This could be a bit off if you find the percent yourself, as Goodreads could have a copy of your book with a different number of pages). Finally, you can leave a new comment on your book after every time you log a new reading session. 




Finally, for those who need to have a place to log the video games they play, there’s GG. Since there’s a broader spectrum for how much progress you’ve made into a game, this app provides users with a collection, made up of different folders to organize how far you are into each of the games you’re playing. 

First, there’s the Want to Play folder. Pretty self-explanatory, you can use this as an equivalent to your Letterboxd watchlist. Then there’s the Playing folder, for any of the games you are actively playing. Once you’ve beaten the story for a game, you can move it to the Beaten folder. Now this isn’t necessarily for games you’ve completed to 100%, as they also have a Completed folder for those games. Finally, there are two sections for games you’ve stepped away from either one for if you’re considering playing the game again (the Shelved folder), or for games you’ve officially stepped away from (the Abandoned folder).