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Steps to create your Music Library
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1. Guide Main Page
2. Music Settings
3. Music File Tagging
4. Scanning Music Into Library
5. Artist information folder
6. Scraping Additional Music data

7. Update Music Library
8. NFO Files
8.1 Music NFO Files
9. Artwork
9.1 Music Artwork

10. Import-export library
10.1 Music Import-Export
11. Rebuild your music library

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

1 Creating Your Music Library

Have you arrived at this page by following the Music Library Creation Guide? If yes, then all you are required to do is check that your settings match the default settings of Section 4. The images show the default settings.

2 All

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2.1 Track naming template

Settings level: Basic
Description: The track naming template is a format mask made up of certain mask characters that represent specific music data and simple format instructions like italic. The track naming template controls how names of songs are displayed in the UI when sorted by track number. In order to function properly, this requires tag reading to be enabled. The default setting is [%N.]%A-%T
Music Data TrackNumber DiscNumber Artist Title Album Genre Year FileName Duration Date Rating File Size User Rating
Mask Characters  %N  %S  %A  %T  %B  %G  %Y  %F  %D  %J  %R  %I  %r
Format Characters Usage Example
Bold [[B]...[/B]] Raw tag [%N] [[I]%A[/I]] - %B : [[B]%T[/B]]
Italic [[I]...[/I]] Output [track nr.] artist - album : title

2.2 Search for thumbs on remote shares

Settings level: Advanced
Description: When this option is enabled, Kodi will search for thumbs on remote shares including DVD and CD. Due to the long seek/read times required to perform this function this will slow the listing of network folders quite dramatically (particularly if there are many items that have no thumbs). The default setting is enabled. The recommended setting is disabled

3 Files

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3.1 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. This option affects the File View when using Kodi with music that has not been scanned into the library. This has no effect on the Library View. When enabled, tag reading will read the Music File Tags from every song. This will display the song name from the Music File tag but this process will slow down read time of large directories (particularly over a network). It is recommended that you can “Scan” your songs into the library by following the guide. This will read the tags of all songs in this directory (and it's sub-directories) and add the information to the database. Next time you go into that directory, Kodi will first look for the tag information in the database, which will speed up the directory loading. The default setting is Enabled.

4 Library


4.1 Show "All items" entry

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Show "All items" entry in directory, e. g. "All albums" or "All seasons". The default setting is Enabled.

4.2 Show song and album artists

Settings level: Basic
Description: When enabled, both song and album artists are shown. When disabled, only album artists are shown and artists that appear only on individual song from an album are excluded. In effect, Various Artist type albums will have no listings for Artists when disabled as there is not a single Album Artist. This is a personal choice. The default setting is Enabled.

4.3 Use artist sortname when sorting by artist

Settings level: Standard
Description: When sorting music items by artist use sortname e. g. "Parton, Dolly" rather than name.

4.4 Prefer online information

Settings level: Standard
Description: With this enabled, some data in the library, which has been derived from Music File Tags, will be overwritten by information that is downloaded from the scraper site or from a nfo file. For a list of library fields and tags that will be overwritten see NFO_files/Music. To clarify, this will not modify the Music File Tags, only the library entries. It is useful if you have MusicBrainz identifiers in your song tags. It is also useful if you have minimal tagging in the music files. If you have meticulously curated your tags, then this option should be disabled. The default setting is Disabled.

4.5 Fetch additional information during updates

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Automatically fetches album and artist information via scrapers during scan. If this is the initial creation of your library, ensure this setting is disabled. The default setting is Disabled

4.6 Artist information folder

Settings level: Standard
Description: Select the folder where artist information (nfo files and images) should be saved in. If you select the same folder as for your source and if that already contains artist folders, no additional folder will be created.

4.7 Prefer online album art

Settings level: Standard
Description: When no local album cover exists, online art will be used. Where neither is available, cover images embedded in music files will be used.

4.8 Default service for album information

Settings level: Standard
Description: Selects the default album information source, see the add-ons manager for options. The default setting is the Universal Album Scraper.

4.9 Default service for artist information

Settings level: Standard
Description: Selects the default artist information source. The default setting is the Universal Artist Scraper

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