Settings/Media/Music

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This category contains the settings for how information for music is collected, stored, shown and navigated.


1 All

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1.1 Track naming template

Settings level: Basic
Description: Controls the way that the names of songs are displayed in the UI. In order to function properly, ID3 tags need to be enabled.


1.2 Search for thumbs on remote shares

Settings level: Advanced
Description: 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.


2 Files

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2.1 Enable tag reading

Settings level: Standard
Description: Read the tag information from song files. For large directories this can increase read time, especially over a network.

- 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.

3 Library

3.1 Show "All items" entry

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Show "All items" entry in directory, e. g. "All albums" or "All seasons".


3.2 Show song and album artists

Settings level: Basic
Description: When enabled, both song adn album artists are shown. When disabled, only album artists are shown and artists that appear only on individual song from an album are excluded.


3.3 Prefer online information =

Settings level: Standard
Description: Whith this enabled, any information that is downloaded for albums and artists will override anything you have set in your song tags, such as genres, year, song artist etc. useful if you have MusicBrainz identifiers in your song tags.


3.4 Fetch additional information during updates

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Automatically fetches album and artist information via scrapers during scan.


3.5 Default service for album information

Settings level: Standard
Description: Selects the default album information source, see the add-ons manager for options.


3.6 Default service for artist information

Settings level: Standard
Description: Selects the default artist information source.