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The Music Library, one of the [[The XBMC Database|XBMC databases]], is a key feature of XBMC. It allows the organization of your music collection by information stored in your music file ID tag, like title, artist, album, genre and popularity.
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To get the most out of your music, XBMC needs to have all this information available to it. When your collection is scanned XBMC stores all the tagging information (artist, album, year, genre) in the database, which allows you to efficiently search and manage your music collection.
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If you have never taken the time to tag your music properly, the time is now! Today most media applications and players (iTunes  and the iPod for example) organize your music by this ID tag information. Your audio files MUST have a valid ID tag for them to work properly in XBMC's library.
 
There are third party applications available for download from the internet that allow you to add / manage ID tags in your music files.
 
  
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<section begin="intro" />The Music section of {{kodi}} consists of a powerful and feature rich library that allows the flexible sorting and organization of your music collection.<section end="intro" />
  
==Preparing your Music to be Scanned==
 
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For information on preparing your music to be indexed see:
 
*[[Preparing your Music]]
 
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== Topic navigation ==
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| link 1 = :HOW-TO:Create_Music_Library
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| link name 1 = Guide to Create, Modify and Re-build your Music Library
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| link 3 = Music navigation
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| link name 3 = Music Navigation & Music Playback
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| link 5 = :Category:Music_library
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| link name 5 = Index of Music articles
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| description 5 = A listing of Music related pages
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| link 2 = Music_videos
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| link name 2 = Music Videos
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| link 4 = Audiobooks
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| link 6 = Settings
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| description 6 = The Music Settings are located on various pages depending upon the function of the setting.
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Library Maintenance tasks can be found in [[Settings/Media/Library|Media>Library]]<br />
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How music is collected, stored and displayed can be set in [[Settings/Media/Music|Settings>Media>Music]]<br />
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How Audio Discs are handled can be found in [[Settings/Player/Discs|Settings>Player>Discs]]<br />
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Preferences related to music playback can be found in [[Settings/Player/Music|Settings>Player>Music]]
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==Scanning your music==
 
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To scan your music collection into the Music Library, first make sure you are not in 'Library Mode' (on the left). Next browse to the location of your music collection and press the '''white''' button. This brings up [[My Music Navigation and Control#The Context Menu |The Context Menu]] menu with various options. Select the option labeled "Scan item to database". XBMC will then proceed to scan the selected music source in the background into the database/library. Once the scan is complete, you can browse your collection by selecting 'Library Mode'.<br>
 
Note that scanning a source will scan in all subdirectories, including full albums, singles, and unsorted music.
 
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==Navigating your Library==
 
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The library organizes your music into many categories, allowing you to find a specific song using one of many possible criteria. To the right you can see root menu showing the different sections.
 
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[[image:library.mymusic.jpg|right|360px]]
 
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== How-to Articles ==
==Searching your Library==
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Assorted how-tos related to the music library that have been added to the wiki:
  
The search button is available on the left side of the 'My Music' window, and is also available in the root listing of your music library. Select it to begin your search.  A keyboard will pop-up where you may enter search terms (SMS style with the remote, or just using the virtual keyboard).  As you enter more letters, the search will be performed in the background, and results displayed in the search node of the music library.  Previous searches are saved, so if you return to the search node later on, it will have the results of your previous search.  Artists and Albums are shown on top, followed by matching songs.  If the search string you enter is less than 3 characters, then XBMC will just search on the first word of each artist/album/song, else it will do a full text search.
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==Party Mode==
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The Party Mode option allows you to randomly play music from your entire music collection based on criteria specified in [[PartyMode.xml]]. Simply build a
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[[Playlists#Smart_Playlists|Smart Playlist]] and save it as '''partymode.xml''' in [[The UserData Folder]].
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Selecting Party Mode from the sidebar will play ALL music scanned into your Music Library in a random order, that meets the conditions specified in the Smart Playlist.
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==Remote browsing==
 
To be able to browse the Music Library outside the GUI, like through [[The Web Interface]], you'll currently have to add a [[Types_of_Bookmarks#Music_Library|special musicdb:// bookmark]], which will show up as 'Library' under Music in the web interface.
 
  
==Clean Library==
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Cleaning up the Music Library can be done via the [[User Interface Settings]], in the [[My Music Settings]] with the Clean Library option.
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[[Category:FAQ]]
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[[Category:Index]]
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[[Category:Guides]]
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[[Category:Music library]]
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[[Category:General topics]]
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[[Category:Quick Start Guide]]

Latest revision as of 02:28, 4 April 2019

Home icon grey.png   ▶ Music library


The Music section of Kodi consists of a powerful and feature rich library that allows the flexible sorting and organization of your music collection.


1 Topic navigation

icon Guide to Create, Modify and Re-build your Music Library
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.
icon Music Videos
Kodi has the ability to include Music Videos in the Video and Music libraries. All scanned music videos will show up in both. Music Videos can also be part of Party Mode and Smart Playlists. Playlists containing both music and music videos should be stored in the mixed playlist subfolder under the userdata folder.
icon Music Navigation & Music Playback
This page will provide information to navigate around the music section and the various ways to play your music.
icon Audiobooks
Audiobooks using the .m4b or .mka format and contain two or more chapters are natively handled in Kodi without the need for additional add-ons or special setup.
icon Index of Music articles
A listing of Music related pages
icon Settings Main Page
The Music Settings are located on various pages depending upon the function of the setting.

Library Maintenance tasks can be found in Media>Library
How music is collected, stored and displayed can be set in Settings>Media>Music
How Audio Discs are handled can be found in Settings>Player>Discs
Preferences related to music playback can be found in Settings>Player>Music


2 How-to Articles

Assorted how-tos related to the music library that have been added to the wiki:

This section is auto-generated based on the following criteria. It then lists the page name and the text in the "intro" section, if provided.


HOW-TO:Create Music Library
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.
HOW-TO:Create Video Library
The aim of these modules is to provide the required information to enable you to correctly set up, modify, and reinstate your Video 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.
HOW-TO:Share libraries using UPnP
UPnP sharing between two Kodi devices is the easiest way to share a library. You can also share multiple libraries, one from each Kodi device, to all the other devices on the same network. UPnP also takes care of file sharing, so you do not need to do anything extra even if your files are added locally to Kodi.
Ubuntu binary add-ons
How to install certain binary add-ons for Ubuntu, such as PVR, audio decoder/encoders, audio DSP, screensavers, and visualizations.