Kodi Music Processing Phase 6: Album Artist Artwork

This article is Part 6 of a 10-part series exploring the Kodi multi-media player's music file scanning and metadata scraping processes via logic flow diagrams.

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Album Artist Artwork Processing

Phase 5 of reverse engineering Kodi's music processing logic completed the album sorting process and applied local and/or remote album artwork, including multi-disc album art. Phase 6 completes the album sorting and album artwork processes. It handles the following tasks:

  • Resolve duplicate album entries
  • Evaluate local artwork
  • Determine whether to use local or remote album art
  • Scrape album art as needed
  • Normalize multi-disc album artwork
Kodi Music Scan/Scrape Process Phase 6: Album Artist Artwork Processing

The bracketed numbers just below the diagram title are line numbers in Kodi's music scanning code (MusicInfoScanner.cpp) found at

Next up is Phase 7: Album NFO File Processing