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Music and audio library settings are found here. Manage your music library, set music playback options, change music listing options, setup karaoke options, etc.


1 Library
Setting Description Setting level
Include artists who appear only on compilations Determines if artists that appear only on compilations are shown in the library artist view (default on).
Download additional information during updates Automatically fetches album and artist information via scrapers during scan.
Default service for album information Selects the default album information source, see the add-ons manager for options.
Default service for artist information Selects the default artist information source.
Override song tags with online information
Update library on startup Checks for new and removed media files on Kodi startup.
Hide progress of library updates
Clean library... This function will perform a number of 'cleanup' tasks on your music database and can be run if you have moved, deleted or renamed files.
  • Removes any songs with invalid paths
  • Removes any albums which have no references
  • Removes any artists which have no references
  • Removes any genres which have no references
  • Removes any paths which have no references
Export music library

Exports the Music Library database to XML files.

Note: Only Album and Artist data is exported. Song data such as rating, play count, and last time played are not exported.

Import music library

Imports a XML file into the Music Library database. The data is only imported if the entry exist.

If it exists:

  1. It removes all current info for that entry from the database.
  2. Inserts the info for that entry from the XML file.

2 Playback
Setting Description Setting level
Play the next song automatically Kodi automatically plays the next item in the current folder. For example, in Files View: After a track has been played, Kodi would automatically play the next track in the same folder.
Queue songs on selection When songs are added to a playlist they are queued instead of playback starting immediately.
ReplayGain volume adjustments When enabled, Kodi will read the Replay Gain information encoded in your audio files by a program such as MP3Gain and normalize the sound levels accordingly. You have the option of either using track levels or album levels.
-PreAmp Level - ReplayGained files
level in dB - default is 89dB per standard - change with caution
-PreAmp Level - Non ReplayGained files
level in dB - default is 89dB per standard - change with caution
-Avoid clipping on ReplayGained files
reduce volume of the file if clipping is likely to occur
Crossfade between songs Enabling this will cause the player to smoothly fade from one audio track to the next. You can set the amount of overlap of the tracks from 1-15 seconds.
Crossfade between songs on the same album You have the option of only crossfading between songs on the same album or all.
Visualization Determines which visualization will be displayed while listening to music. For more information, see Visualizations.

3 File lists
Setting Description Setting level
Enable tag reading Enabling tag reading will read the tag-information written in every song. This will slow down read time of large directories (particularly over a network), but will give, if properly named, a better description of your music files. If you wish to have the tag information without having to wait for them to load each time, you can “Scan” your songs from My Music:Songs. This will read the tags of all songs in this directory (and it's subdirectories) and add the information to the database (stored in the “albums” folder). Next time you go into that directory, Kodi will first look for the tag information in the database, which should speed up the directory loading.
Track naming template Controls the way that the names of songs are displayed in the UI. In order to function properly, ID3 tags need to be enabled. For a list of options that can be used, see Tags Available for Audio Files *This setting will only effect music viewed in file view or playlists. In library mode the template changes based on the sort criteria (both albums and songs.)*
Track naming template - right Works in the same manner as Track Naming Template, but is used for the information on the right-hand side of the UI. It is commonly used to display the length of tracks.
Search for thumbs on remote shares When this option is on, Kodi will search for thumbs on remote shares (which as of the time of writing includes DVD and CD media as well, due to the long seek/read times). This can often slow down listing of network folders quite dramatically (particularly if there are many items that have no thumbs), hence the option to turn it off. If you Scan your music collection while this option is on the thumbs are cached locally, and a reference to the thumb is stored in the music Library. This significantly speeds up listings. Turn the option off after the scan if you have many folders/files without associated thumbs. For more information on creating custom thumbnails, see Thumbnails

4 Audio CDs
Setting Description Setting level
Audio CD insert action
Lookup audio CD track names from This will read the information belonging to a inserted audio CD from an internet database. Thus every song will get its correct name and artist displayed.
Saved music folder This option defines the location on your hard drive that ripped tracks will be saved to.
Track naming template Controls the way that your ripped songs will be named. For a list of options that can be used, see Tags Available for Audio Files
Encoder This option defines which audio encoder to use when ripping.

Note: Ubuntu users can download additional audio encoders via the Official Ubuntu PPA. See Adding audio encoders for Ubuntu for details. Kodi users for other OSes don't need to do anything, as all audio encoders are pre-installed in those builds.

This option defines in which quality you want to rip your files.
This option defines which bitrate to use for the specified audio encoder for audio compression.
-Compression level
For FLAC define compression level, default 5
Eject CDs when ripping is complete You'll never guess what this does.

5 Karaoke
Setting Description Setting level
Enable karaoke support This turns on Kodi's karaoke function. When playing any music file, Kodi will look for a matching .cdg file and will display its graphics.
Show song selector automatically
Font Define font family/type
Define Font size
Define font colours
Define character set
Export karaoke titles...
Import karaoke titles...
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