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<section begin="intro" />This section covers topics and guides on playing audio, the music library, library management, ripping and scanning music in, playing music content off of the internet, and more. The Music Library allows the organization of your music collection by information stored in your music file ID tag, like title, artist, album, genre and popularity.<section end="intro" />
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* Support for a countless number of formats and codecs.
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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" />
* A full-featured customizable music library that makes it easy to organize, find and listen to your favorite music
 
* Support for [[Music Videos]]
 
* Built in ability to stream media from other computers
 
* Full support for [[Playlists]], including [[Smart playlist]]s
 
* Jaw-dropping [[Visualizations]] that add the visual element to your music experience
 
* Integrated [[CD Ripping]]
 
  
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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 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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== Adding music to the library ==
 
{{Main|Adding music to the library}}
 
{{#lst:Adding music to the library|Intro}}
 
  
== Music playback ==
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== How-to Articles ==
{{See|Music playback}}
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Assorted how-tos related to the music library that have been added to the wiki:
  
== Navigating your library ==
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{{See also|Keyboard controls}}
 
=== Side bar ===
 
The library organizes your music into many categories, allowing you to find a specific song using one of many possible criteria. Below you can see root menu showing the different sections.
 
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; View:
 
: You can the toggle between the different display options, amongst others; List, Icons and Big Icons.
 
; Sort By:
 
: You can choose what criteria to sort your music by. Note the arrow to the right which controls whether the items are sorted in ascending or descending order.
 
; Library Mode
 
: This control allows you to switch between Library Mode and [[Music#Files View|File View]]. (used to be called Switch View)
 
; Party Mode
 
: See below.
 
; Misc Options
 
; Search
 
: You can search for a string anywhere in the [[The XBMC Database|XBMC music database]], see more below.
 
; Filter
 
: Allows you to filter the library to only show albums, artists or songs that include the specified string in the name.
 
; Hide Fanart
 
: Hides Fanart in the chosen view.
 
; Small Fanart
 
: Shows a smaller version of the fanart instead of a scraped artist picture.
 
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=== File mode ===
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File mode is the most basic way of browing your music. In file mode, you browse through your sources folder by folder, in the exact same way they are stored. What you see in file mode is the same as you would see if you were to browse the folders on your computer.
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=== Library mode ===
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The library mode is much more advanced and has many more features than the Files View. It has features like song, album and artist info to name a few.
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In order to utilize library mode, you first need to scan your music into the Music library using the [[#Contextual menu]].
 
  
== Searching your Library ==
 
The search button is available on the left side of the '[[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, XBMC will just search in the first word of each artist/album/song. Otherwise it will do a full word search. '''NOTE: In order to search within words as well as just for words beginning with your search string, place a % sign in front of the match.'''
 
  
== Party Mode ==
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The Party Mode option allows you to randomly play music from your entire music or [[Music Videos|music video]] collection based on criteria specified in [[PartyMode.xsp]]. Simply build a
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[[Playlists#Smart Playlists|Smart Playlist]] and save it as '''partymode.xsp''' in [[The UserData Folder]].
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[[Category:Index]]
 
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Selecting 'Party Mode' from the sidebar will play ALL valid media scanned into your libraries in a random order that meet the conditions specified in the Smart Playlist.
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=== Frodo ===
 
The Party Mode option allows you to randomly play music from your entire music or [[Music Videos|music video]] collection based on criteria specified in [[PartyMode.xsp]]. Simply edited the "[[Playlists#Smart Playlists|Party mode playlist]]" item in the Playlist menu. Bring up the [[Music library#Context Menu|context menu]] and select "Play in party mode". You can do this for any valid playlist.
 
 
 
== Context Menu ==
 
In the default configuration you pop up the Context Menu using the 'C' key on your keyboard.  If you are navigating XBMC using a remote control, the default button is, for some releases, the 'title' button.  If your remote control has no 'title' button then you may need to [[HOW-TO:Modify keyboard.xml|remap]] the ContextMenu action to another button.
 
 
 
=== File mode ===
 
The context menu allows you to interact with the individual media items. The following options are available whilst in [[Music#Files View|File Mode]], selecting an album:
 
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; Queue Item
 
: Adds the item to the [[Now Playing]] playlist
 
; Play or (Play using...)
 
: Plays the selected file. (Play using... depends on players available on your platform e.g. [[PAPlayer]] or [[DVDPlayer]]
 
; Add to Favourites
 
: Adds the item to your [[Favourites]] menu.
 
; Album Information
 
: Displays information about the item from [http://allmusic.com allmusic.com]. You can also highlight the item and press the Info button on the remote.
 
; Delete
 
: Delete selection from your sources (will delete actual files)  Must be enabled in [[Appearance Settings#View Options|Appearance Settings]].
 
; Rename
 
: Rename selection to something more to your liking. Must be enabled in [[Appearance Settings#View Options|Appearance Settings]].
 
; Scan Item to Library
 
: Scans the item into the the [[Music Library]]. Performing this on a folder will cause every item in the folder to be scanned.
 
; Switch Media
 
: Allows you to switch to playback of other types of media (e.g. video files).
 
; Go to Root
 
: Takes you to the "Music" root folder.
 
; Now Playing...
 
: Takes you to the [[Now Playing]] screen that shows what is currently playing and what the next queued files are.
 
; Settings
 
: Opens the [[Music Settings]] menu.
 
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'''Other possible menu items'''
 
;Search
 
:Allows you to search for specific media
 
 
 
=== Library mode ===
 
You perform actions on your music files using the [[General Navigation#Context Menus|Context Menu]]. In Library Mode selecting an album, the following options are available:
 
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; Queue Item
 
: Adds the item to the [[Now Playing]] playlist.
 
; Play
 
: Plays the selected file.
 
; Add to Favourites
 
: Adds the item to your [[Favourites]] menu.
 
; Album / Song Information
 
: Shows the relevant information from [http://allmusic.com allmusic.com].
 
; Query Info For All Albums
 
: Queries information from [http://allmusic.com allmusic.com] for all albums in the path.
 
; Change scraper
 
: Change scraper from current. '''''see also:''''' [[set content]]
 
; Update Library
 
: Checks if files in the Library have been changed, added or removed, modifies the database accordingly and runs a cleaning routine. Adds missing media to the database.
 
; Go to Root
 
: Takes you to the Music Library root.
 
; Now Playing...
 
: Takes you to [[Now Playing]] screen that shows what is currently playing and what the next queued files are.
 
; Settings
 
: Opens the [[Music Settings]] menu.
 
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== Karaoke ==
 
{{See|Karaoke}}
 
 
 
== Playlists ==
 
{{main|Basic playlists}}
 
{{#lst:Basic playlists|intro}}
 
 
 
== Smart playlists ==
 
{{main|Smart playlists}}
 
{{#lst:Smart playlists|intro}}
 
 
 
== Music Library Settings and Maintenance ==
 
The main Music Library settings can be accessed from the [[Music Settings#Library|Library]] tab in [[Music Settings]]. Those can be accessed either from the [[Settings]] menu from the home screen, or via the context menu as seen above.
 
 
 
=== advancedsettings.xml ===
 
Some settings can only be altered through the [[advancedsettings.xml#<musiclibrary>|advancedsettings.xml]] file, such as settings affecting the "All" database nodes and they way tags are displayed.
 
 
 
=== Clean Music Library ===
 
Cleaning up the Music Library (removing invalid entries and compressing)can be done via the [[User Interface Settings]], in the [[Music Settings]] with the Clean Library option.
 
 
 
== AirPlay ==
 
{{main|AirPlay}}
 
{{#lst:AirPlay|intro}}
 
 
 
== Cue sheets ==
 
{{main|Cue sheets}}
 
{{#lst:Cue sheets|intro}}
 
 
 
== Internet video and audio streams ==
 
{{main|Internet video and audio streams}}
 
{{#lst:Internet video and audio streams|intro}}
 
 
 
== Import-export library ==
 
{{main|Import-export library}}
 
{{#lst:Import-export library|intro}}
 
 
 
== NFO files ==
 
{{main|NFO files}}
 
{{#lst:NFO files|intro}}
 
 
 
== Add-ons ==
 
{{main|Add-ons}}
 
{{#lst:Add-ons|intro}}
 
 
 
== Music videos ==
 
{{main|Music videos}}
 
{{#lst:Music videos|intro}}
 
 
 
== Ripping CDs ==
 
{{main|Ripping CDs}}
 
{{#lst:Ripping CDs|intro}}
 
 
 
[[Category:Music Library|*]]
 
[[Category:XBMC Manual]]
 
 
[[Category:General topics]]
 
[[Category:General topics]]
[[Category:Index]]
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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.