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Media Players 103: Kodi File and Folder Organisation/Storage

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try right clicking on an existing source and look for a delete option to delete a source you want to remove. What operating system does your device use?
Well, the device is probably more like an Nvidia Shield than a NUC. I believe it's Linux-based and runs OSMC and/or Kodi. I was finally able to locate the USB drive in the relevant dialog box in a folder titled "media" and updated my library. I'm new to Kodi, and some of this has been counter-intuitive, at least for me. Hopefully, I'll catch on.
 

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I'm new to Kodi, and some of this has been counter-intuitive, at least for me. Hopefully, I'll catch on.
Much of Kodi is counterintuitive at best. It's pretty straightforward once you get it configured and are up and running, but a lot of that configuration is just plain painful. I feel the same way about JRiver, though Kodi has the advantage of not charging for the confusion. :)

I'd love to be wrong about this, but as far as I can tell the biggest hole in Kodi is that it doesn't detect changed metadata during a rescan. If you make a change that you want picked up and put into the database, you'll not only need to change the metadata but also either change the file name or temporarily move it elsewhere, "Clean" then rescan. Some kind of "Wipe everything and start from scratch" function would be incredibly useful to me.

I'm criticizing, but I use it every day and haven't found anything better. You'll get used to it.
 

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Much of Kodi is counterintuitive at best. It's pretty straightforward once you get it configured and are up and running, but a lot of that configuration is just plain painful. I feel the same way about JRiver, though Kodi has the advantage of not charging for the confusion. :)

I'd love to be wrong about this, but as far as I can tell the biggest hole in Kodi is that it doesn't detect changed metadata during a rescan. If you make a change that you want picked up and put into the database, you'll not only need to change the metadata but also either change the file name or temporarily move it elsewhere, "Clean" then rescan. Some kind of "Wipe everything and start from scratch" function would be incredibly useful to me.

I'm criticizing, but I use it every day and haven't found anything better. You'll get used to it.
I don’t know, I’ve been thinking about installing one of these on a new NUC; and tend to update metadata quite often for various reasons. You might have just sold me on JRiver🤔
 

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Much of Kodi is counterintuitive at best. It's pretty straightforward once you get it configured and are up and running, but a lot of that configuration is just plain painful. I feel the same way about JRiver, though Kodi has the advantage of not charging for the confusion. :)

I'd love to be wrong about this, but as far as I can tell the biggest hole in Kodi is that it doesn't detect changed metadata during a rescan. If you make a change that you want picked up and put into the database, you'll not only need to change the metadata but also either change the file name or temporarily move it elsewhere, "Clean" then rescan. Some kind of "Wipe everything and start from scratch" function would be incredibly useful to me.

I'm criticizing, but I use it every day and haven't found anything better. You'll get used to it.
Hi, have you tried the option "scan items to library" on the source (Right-click)? This takes some time but catches ALL tag changes which the normal "update" has missed. Just change the tags, no need to change file names. This has worked always for me!
 

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...If you get everything organized with Plex Server, you can simply use Kodi and the KodiPlexConnect add-on, and have everything nice and tidy on more than one device. All the changes to your library will be made within Plex and when Kodi starts it will pass those changes along. The only large database will be on the Plex machine rather than each individual devices so they run smoother.
 

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Hi, have you tried the option "scan items to library" on the source (Right-click)? This takes some time but catches ALL tag changes which the normal "update" has missed. Just change the tags, no need to change file names. This has worked always for me!
You don't have to scan the whole source drive either. Just go into the source files and choose the artist that has been updated. It only takes seconds. Depending on what was changed, you may need to clean the library to get rid of old stuff.
 

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I’m sure a Kodi scan looks at the file last modified timestamp and re-reads the tags if changed.

Im pretty sure at least one tagging program has an option to not change last modified timestamp, what tagging app do you use?
 

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I’m sure a Kodi scan looks at the file last modified timestamp and re-reads the tags if changed
[System] menu, [Media] option: click on Music sources, in the list of sources find your root music folder you want to rescan, Do a ‘long click’ (hold your Select button down for a second or more), an option pops up, select Scan to Library, Kodi asks ‘’Do you want to force re-reading of all Tags even if files have not changed’, click: Yes

This scans every music file from the selected folder recursively (all sub-folders below)
 

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I’m sure a Kodi scan looks at the file last modified timestamp and re-reads the tags if changed.

Im pretty sure at least one tagging program has an option to not change last modified timestamp, what tagging app do you use?
I almost always use Foobar2000. I'm probably just spreading outdated misinformation and owe the world an apology!
 

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Hi, have you tried the option "scan items to library" on the source (Right-click)? This takes some time but catches ALL tag changes which the normal "update" has missed. Just change the tags, no need to change file names. This has worked always for me!
I've been using the clean/scan functions from Yatse (the remote app that runs on Android). It sounds like I'm just behind the times. Thank you for setting me straight!
 
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