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There are no artwork setting in this scraper. Artwork types are set in {{highlight|[[Settings/Media/Music|Settings > Media > Music]]}} where you have a choice of setting '''None, Custom, Basic''' or '''Maximum''' artwork to be scanned from local files or scraped from remote sources using this scraper.
 
There are no artwork setting in this scraper. Artwork types are set in {{highlight|[[Settings/Media/Music|Settings > Media > Music]]}} where you have a choice of setting '''None, Custom, Basic''' or '''Maximum''' artwork to be scanned from local files or scraped from remote sources using this scraper.
  
Valid artwork types for Artists are:
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Types of artwork fetched from remote sites by this scraper:
  
 
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Latest revision as of 07:58, 12 October 2020

Generic Artist Scraper

See this add-on on the kodi.tv showcase

Author: Team Kodi

Type: Artist information
Repo: Kodi.tv repo v19

License: GPL-2.0-only

Summary: Python Artist Scraper
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Add-ons ▶ Generic Artist Scraper
Attention talk.png Need help with this add-on? See here.

The new Artist scraper for v19 Matrix and later written in Python. It can access a number of sites to download artwork and artist metadata

1 Installing

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to

  1. The home screen
  2. Add-ons
  3. Download
  4. Information providers (v16 and higher)
  5. Artist information
  6. Generic Artist Scraper
  7. Install



2 Introduction

Generic Artist Scraper is the latest Python music scraper developed by Team Kodi. The scraper is the default Artist scraper for v19 Matrix and later.

The Generic Artist scraper can access the following sites to scrape artwork and additional information for Artists already in your music library:


Notes:

  • The music library is created from the embedded tags in your music files. These scrapers download artwork and additional data and require your music files to be scanned into the library first. You cannot run these scrapers on an empty library or for missing artists, unlike the video library. With the correct setting enabled, the scraper can be run in parallel with the initial scanning of your music files.
  • Ensure your music files contain MusicBrainz ID's. This dramatically reduces incorrect and failed scrapes, speeds up the scraping process and reduces demands on the remote servers. See: MusicBrainz Picard Tagging Software
  • For more information on creating your music library, see... HOW-TO:Create Music Library


3 Artwork

There are no artwork setting in this scraper. Artwork types are set in Settings > Media > Music where you have a choice of setting None, Custom, Basic or Maximum artwork to be scanned from local files or scraped from remote sources using this scraper.

Types of artwork fetched from remote sites by this scraper:

  • banner
  • clearart
  • clearlogo
  • landscape
  • fanart
  • thumbnail
See: Artwork types


4 Settings

Scraper settings can be adjusted in three locations as follows:

Settings>Add-ons
Scrapers are installed with default settings. Adjusting settings in this location sets the new default settings for your scraper. From this point on any source using this scraper will have the new default settings applied.
Music>Files>Source
Sets the default scraper settings as described in the previous section Settings>Add-ons
Artist>Context Menu>Change Information Provider
Allows you to select which artist(s) to change the default settings for.


4.1 Preferences

Image 1- General Settings

Preferred Language for artist biography
Set which language metadata to scrape. If the selected language is not available for an artist, it will fall back to scraping English metadata.
Prefer biography from
Choose which music database the Artist Biography will download from.
Prefer discography from
Choose which music database discography will download from. This will display a list of other albums by the artist.
Prefer genres from
Choose which music database genres will download from.
Prefer styles from
Choose which music database styles will download from.
Prefer moods from
Choose which music database moods will download from.


4.2 Options

Image 2- Options Settings

Allow less accurate search results
Not all music sites allow searching of their database by MBID's - AllMusic and Discogs are two examples. To scrape data from these sites, the scraper checks the Artist page at MusicBrainz.org for their entries in the list of External Links.
If the Artist listed at MusicBrainz has External Links to AllMusic and Discogs, then the scraper can follow the links to scrape at those sites and this setting has no effect.
If the Artist listed at MusicBrainz has no External Links to AllMusic or Discogs, it then checks the status of this setting and:
If the setting is enabled, the scraper will search for and scrape using the Artist Name. In some cases this can result in incorrect metadata being scraped as Artist Names are not unique
If the setting is disabled, scraping for that Artist will end and move onto the next artist.


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