HOW-TO:Create Music Library

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Steps to create your Music Library
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1. Guide Main Page
2. Music Settings
3. Music File Tagging
4. Scanning Music Into Library
5. Scraping Additional Music data

6. NFO Files
6.1 Music NFO Files
7. Artwork
7.1 Music Artwork
8. Update Music Library

9. Import-export library
10. Rebuild your music library
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1 Aim

The aim of these modules is to provide the required information to enable you to correctly set up, modify, and reinstate your Music library as required. As this guide is created for the new user, most pages have been created with minimal jargon and short explanations in an effort to reduce information overload and confusion. Where extra information is provided, note is made to what can be safely ignored.

Each page is a step in that modules particular process, and those steps have been grouped into four modules...

  1. Prepare the files - Best practice guides to ensure your files are correctly saved and tagged
  2. Creating the Library - Guide for the initial creation of the library
  3. Modify your Library - Techniques to modify the information and artwork your library displays
  4. Safeguarding and Rebuilding - Backup and Rebuild your library


This guide uses the default Estuary skin. If you are using another skin, it is recommended you revert back to Estuary to ensure you are able to follow this guide easily. Location of settings and options differ between skins.
The Nav Box, located at the top right of the page, appears on every page listed in this guide. Use it to quickly jump between steps or return to this main page. On this page, you can click each header to jump to that page.

2 Preparing the Files

This section provides information to ensure your music files are correctly tagged, and the correct settings are enabled.

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Music Settings
Confirms the correct settings are enabled in your installed version of Kodi. Simply adjust your settings to match those of the images in Section 4. If you have not changed the default settings then there will be nothing to change here.


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Music File Tagging
Preliminary information detailing the requirements for your music files. This page contains important information about how the Music Library functions, the required folder structure and how to tag your music files. It is important that you read to at least the indicated point to avoid disasters in the following pages.


3 Creating the Library

The following two pages will allow you to build your fully functioning library. They must be used in the listed order to ensure correct library implementation

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Scanning music to the library
Also known as Scanning or Importing. This page provides details on adding music sources to Kodi and scanning the songs into the library.


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Scraping additional Music data
Music Scraping downloads additional information about the Artists and Albums in your library, as well as downloading any missing artwork for the Artists and Albums. This step is optional, but if you choose to scrape, it must be performed after your music is Scanned into the library.


At this point you should have a fully functioning Music library full of information and artwork. When you feel there is need for a change, come back to this guide and continue with the remaining modules. We do recommend you take care to backup your library.


4 Modify your Library

Should you want more control over what information has been scraped, and what artwork has been downloaded, then continue with the following pages. They are listed in no particular order.

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NFO Files
NFO files can be used to provide metadata to the library for video and a music files. They are helpful if the metadata fetched from a web site does not match the video or music you have, or if data for that particular file does not exist, such as for home movies. It can also be used to control the search behaviour of scrapers.


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Artwork
Music artwork are images directly related to an Artist or an Album, that are either scraped into the Music library from extenal sources or, in the case of Album art, scanned from the appropriate tags embedded in the music files. The images are, preferably, of high quality, that are displayed when viewing the Album or Artist entry in the library. They may also be used as visualisations while playing music. The Music section in Kodi is able to display up to six types of artwork. This page will describe the different types of artwork available in the Music category of Kodi.


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Library Update
Details on how to add new music to your existing library, or remove unwanted music from the library..




5 Safeguarding and Rebuilding

The following pages offer best practice to backup and restore your library. Note that these methods will not work after disaster has struck.

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Import-Export Library
Kodi offers the ability to import and export metadata and artwork manually into/from the Media Library, as well as importing media info automatically from .nfo files.


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Rebuilding your library
This page has not been created. The Music Library export function is being re-designed for v18. This redesign removes many of the backup and export limitations evident in v17 and prior. This page will be created upon release of the up-coming v18.



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