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Software Update: Kodi 16.0 beta 2
The second beta of Kodi 16.0 has been released. Kodi is cross-platform media center software that is developed for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. Besides building a library of videos, the multimedia player also has the ability to create a music library and the music of the correct tags is provided as ID3v1, v2.3 or v2.4, Vorbis Comments and Ape.
Caveates to music library:
Your music needs to be properly tagged. For example with ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, Vorbis Comments or APE
If not properly tagged Kodi can not properly organize it and things might be completely misplaced.
Properly tagging music files can be a tedious job However there are several at tools for assisting on that: MusicBrainz Picard, MP3tag, TagScanner and so on
Scanning thesis files could take quite a while before it’s finished depending on the amount
Advantages to music library:
You will get an awesome view looking just like library for movies and TVshows
You can search your music files
Library splits up the music into sections: Genres, Artists, Albums, Singles, All songs, Years, Top 100 (based on your playback) Recently added / played Albums, Compilations
You can split everything up equally Further using smart playlists
You can rate your music and filter based on That
Since Kodi ook acts as UPnP server, you can share them on you home network if the clients support this
You can scan for additional information like artist biography or album review / synopsis (right click or C key in album or artist library)
This can be enabled by default in settings -> Music -> Library -> “Fetch additional information constantly updates”
You can change the default language for online information by going to settings -> add-ons -> my add-ons -> Information Providers -> Album or artist information -> open the album or artist universal scraper
Although music library is not yet at the same level as movies or television shows, there is certainly work being done in this area to make it better. Stay tuned for next version.
Fixes done in this beta 2:
Fixed: Library export now shows the correct dialogs
Fixed: Do not include broken add-ons in the update panel-which is accessed through add-on information
Fixed: Next widget for PVR recording
Fixed: Timer dialog fixes for PVR
Fixed: Ignore volume changes on corked sink for Pulse
Fixed: Do not show repeating timers on PVR recording list
Fixed: Redact filename in log output for smb: //
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