Music playback

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Music playback is done while in the main Kodi GUI or the full screen Visualization. Kodi will default to staying in the main GUI.


1 On screen display (OSD)

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Music control can be done while in the main GUI or the fullscreen/visualization screen.

While in the fullscreen/visualization screen you can bring up the on-screen-display controls by pressing  Enter or M.

  1. Previous
  2. Rewind
  3. Play/Pause
  4. Stop
  5. Fast Forward
  6. Next
  7. Repeat
  8. Shuffle
  9. Scrub bar (touch/clickable)

A. Lyrics
B. Visualization selection
C. Visualization settings
D. Visualization pre-sets
E. Record stream (no longer used)
F. Star rating

2 Mini player controls

While in the GUI you are able to browse all of Kodi and even look at pictures while playing music or videos. During GUI playback you can call up the Mini player controls at any time. In the default skin Confluence, you can do this two ways:

2.1 Sidebar

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While the sidebar tab is present and while media is playing, bringing up the sidebar/blade menu by navigating to the left will reveal a small selection of player controls.

2.2 Window

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A pop-up window with mini player controls can be brought up in Confluence while media is playing. For a keyboard press M while music is playing in the background.

3 Visualizations


One of the most impressive features of My Music is its integrated support for visualizations, which are a way to make your music come to life on screen. Kodi offers support for many visualizations and some of the following may be present in your installation:

  • FishBMC
  • Spectrum
  • projectM
  • Waveform
  • MilkDrop

Note: Ubuntu users need to install visualizations through apt-get. See Ubuntu binary add-ons#Visualizations.

You can configure Visualization in one of two different ways: Through music settings or through the on screen display (OSD) while playing the Visualization.

4 Internet video and audio streams

Various internet video and audio streams can be played back in Kodi as if they were locally stored on your media center by using STRM files. As long as the format and streaming-method (network-protocol) is supported by Kodi, stream can be added. These are basic text files that look like <name>.strm and contain a URL to the internet stream. STRM files can also be added to the video library and can have cover art, summaries, etc.

Some internet sites may have an add-on available that can also access these media streams, rather than having to manually create STRM files. See Add-ons for more information on how to find and install add-ons.

5 Playlists

  • Basic playlists - Kodi supports both basic playlists and smart playlists. A basic playlist is a normal text file that lists one or more media files (Audio or Video), and plays them in succession. You can either create your own or use existing playlists from other sources, such as a playlist generated from Winamp, iTunes, or other sources. Basic playlists can be created and edited directly from Kodi's GUI.
  • Smart playlists - Kodi supports smart playlists for all types of media (excluding pictures), which essentially use a set of rules to limit the results from the databases. This means that to be able to create a smart playlist in the GUI, music/video must first be added to the libraries using a scraper addon or by creating NFO files. Smart playlist can be created either by using the built-in GUI smart playlist editor accessible from the Playlists section, or by creating an XML file with the extension XSP (XBMC Smart Playlist).

6 UPnP

Kodi has several built-in UPnP A/V (Universal Plug and Play Audio Visual) features, including the ability to receive UPnP and DLNA content pushed to Kodi, browse UPnP and DLNA media sources, sharing a Kodi library with other UPnP and DLNA devices, and even controlling UPnP and DLNA devices. UPnP is also the easiest way to share a library from one Kodi device to another.

7 AirPlay

As of v11 (Eden), Kodi has very limited support for being an AirPlay target, allowing any device/platform that can run Kodi to receive some AirPlay content.

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