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#1 ShoutingMan OFFLINE  

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:18 PM

I'm trying out Emby as a music server, with Emby on Apple TV as the client. I have a copy of my iTunes library on my Emby Server, so I pointed Emby at the iTunes music folder and it ingested my library. Another couple hours to fix missing album art, wrong artists, misc details like that (stuff that I've did in iTunes years ago). But now...what? Emby didn't (couldn't?) import my iTunes playlists or any of my iTunes play count or rating info (bummer, but understandable). 

 

So what can Emby do for making playlists? How do I make playlists? I see the method of adding individual songs, tediously, from within the server. Is there an easier way?

 

Is there anything like the "Genius" feature in iTunes that can autogenerate playlists given a starting song? 

 

Is there a rating system I should spend some time with?

 

I've pretty savvy on Emby as a movie server. But I'm a total newb using it for music. A quick look at the FAQ and Wiki doesn't show me anything.

 

Thanks for any tips and pointers! :)



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 09:43 PM

Can I turn off the CD jewel case graphics for music display? I prefer to simply show the album artwork without any embellishments (a la iTunes).



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 11:35 PM

Can I turn off the CD jewel case graphics for music display? I prefer to simply show the album artwork without any embellishments (a la iTunes).


I can assume you are using CoverArt plugin, so you would go to the plugin setting and change the treatment for Albums to ignore.

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 12:21 AM

What is the folder structure of the music?



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:51 AM

I can assume you are using CoverArt plugin, so you would go to the plugin setting and change the treatment for Albums to ignore.

Ah, thanks. I see now. I was confused because I was looking for "Music", but it's under "Album". And all the examples are of movies, so I thought CoverArt only did movies. But I found it and turned it off.



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:52 AM

What is the folder structure of the music?

Whatever iTunes uses. I think it's 

Artist / Album / ## Track Name.ext



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 10:55 AM

I've found the "Instant Mix" option, which is nice. And it looks like there's a way to save to Playlist an Instant Mix, which is also good. 

 

I haven't found (haven't looked much) for one say way to build a playlist manually. In a dedicated program like iTunes, it's an easy matter of drag and drop files into a playlist. But with the Emby web interface, it looks like it's lots of sub-menu clicking.

 

And I haven't tried to rate anything. I don't relish the idea of trying to manually copy hundreds of thousands of ratings from a couple iTunes libraries into Emby. That's not Emby's fault, just the difficulty of trying to migrate library tools.



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Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:51 PM

Whatever iTunes uses. I think it's 

Artist / Album / ## Track Name.ext

That looks like it should work fine then.


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Posted 17 August 2019 - 09:48 PM

Unfortunately Emby isn’t going to work out as my music player with its song-restart bug. :(
https://emby.media/c...alfway-through/





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