Need Features? Go Pro.
The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote Pro gives you features that makes browsing your music really fun.
These features goes beyond what you can do with other remote controls.
Some go even beyond with what you can do with Kodi/XBMC itself.
The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote free is meant to give you a taste of the clean and elegant user interface. It gives you basic functionality for browsing and controlling your music. But if you want the real deal, go Pro. Access all your music sources, use add-ons and play radio, use filters, sorting, and search, quickly control the music via the notification center widget, and more.
Features of the Kodi/XBMC Music Remote PRO
A clean and elegant user interface
Many Kodi/XBMC remote controls do not care much about music - you have to navigate through various menus to find your artists, albums, and playlists. The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote is designed to put your favorite music on the spot.
Even if you are an Kodi/XBMC enthusiast and like to spend time "figuring things out", there might be friends and family at your place that are not that experienced. So a remote control must be simple and straightforward.
Finally, the Kodi/XBMC Music Remote does not try to "copy" the Kodi/XBMC design or navigation. What is valid for Kodi/XBMC must not necessarily be true for a remote control. The user interface is designed to best suit a remote control on a smartphone or tablet.
Caching for fast and offline access
The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote copies the information of your music collection (not the music itself!) to your local device. It does so quietly in the background, such that you do not need to wait. Once the information is stored on your device, it does not need to be loaded anymore if you start the app - it is available right then and there. This is especially useful if you have a slow server, like Raspberry Pi, or a huge music collection. Additionally, you can browse your music collection even when you are not connected to Kodi/XBMC, for example to show it to your friends while you are away.
For your convenience, the Kodi/XBMC Music Remote automatically detects if you added new tracks to your library, or a library scan just has finished, and prompts you to reload the data to your device.
Comprehensive choice of music
The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote allows you to access different music sources/views:
- Artists - albums - title: Displays a list of all artists, which can be expanded to show their albums. The albums can be expanded to show their titles.
- Albums - titles: Displays a list of all albums, which can be expanded to show their titles.
- Compilations - titles: Displays a list of all compilations, which can be expanded to show their titles.
- Songs: Displays a list of all titles.
- Recent Items: Displays recently added albums and songs, as well as recently played albums and songs
- Playlists: The user-defined playlists
- Files and folders: Displays all music files added to Kodi/XBMC. Items that have not been scanned to the music library are not shown in the artist/album/title views, but are shown in this view
- Add-ons: A huge number of music add-ons are available for Kodi/XBMC, which can be accessed in this view. It allows you to play many radio stations, podcasts, and much more. Note: The appropriate add-on must be first installed in Kodi/XBMC.
- iTunes playlists - the app can match the tracks of your iTunes playlists stored on your device with your Kodi/XBMC music collection, such that you can play your iTunes playlists on Kodi/XBMC.
Local favorites for fast access
Unfortunately, it is currently technically not possible for a remote control to access the favorites of the Kodi/XBMC server, or to edit the playlists. As a workaround, the Kodi/XBMC music remote allows to create and manage favorites on the local device. Most items can be stored as a local favorite: Artists, albums, tracks, files, radio stations, etc. It is quick and easy: Just hit the "star" button below the item.
Flexible search, sorting, and filtering
To find the music you want quickly, the Kodi/XBMC Music Remote offers different features:
- Search your music collection
- Filter a view by genre
- Sort items
Search: Since the music database information is copied to your iPhone or iPad, search can be quicker and more versatile:
- Search can be performed in artists, albums, and songs
- In the search results, the context is shown. For example, if a song is found, it will also show the related album and artist. It is even possible to expand the album and show all other songs of it
- Search only shows search result in the selected genre
Sorting: The shown items can be sorted in a variety of ways, some are not even possible in Kodi/XBMC:
- by artist name
- by album name
- by song name
- by number of tracks on an album
- by year
- by play count
- by rating
- by duration
Genre Filter: Many views can be filtered by genre.
Notification center widget
You ever wanted to just quickly grab your iPhone and decrease the volume a bit, or skip to the next track, without starting the entire app? The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote provides a so-called notification center widget. Once installed, you just need to pull down the notification center by swiping down from the top of the screen, and there it is. It works from the lock screen and without leaving the app with which you are currently working.
Artist, Album, Track, and File Details
Learn more about your favorite artists and albums! You can open the artist, album, track and file details while browsing in your music collection, or conveniently for the currently playing track.
The Kodi Music Remote displays the artist and album details from the Kodi database. But it goes beyond just that: Browse in Google for more information, open the Wikipedia page, check out new albums in Amazon, and find videos on YouTube!
By using the export button, you can open the information in Safari, add it to your Safari reading list, send the link via email, and much more.
Ready to sing along to your favorite songs?
The Kodi Music Remote 4.2 has been released in the App Store - it can now display the lyrics of the currently playing song. If an appropriate lyrics in the LRC format with time information is available, it even follows along and highlights the current line in blue color! This is the feature for all of you that don't necessarily have a monitor/TV connected to your Kodi server.
You can use different sources to retrieve the lyrics:
1. CU LRC Lyrics: In order to use this source, you must install the "CU LRC Lyrics" add-on in Kodi. The Kodi Music Remote automatically launches the add-on and displays the lyrics found by it
2. Embedded Lyrics: In case your music collection already contains lyrics within in the mp3 or m4a files, they can be displayed. If not, there are many tools out there to update your collection with proper lyrics
3. Search in Google for the lyrics of the song
Queuing and playing options
Once you found the item you want to play, you have multiple options to play or queue it:
- Play the item: The item is played
- Play the item shuffled: The item is played and shuffle (random) mode is enabled
- Play from here: Plays this item and all following (e.g. all following songs from an album)
- Queue at the end: The item is added to the end of the play queue
- Queue after the current song: The item is queued in the play queue after the currently playing song
Advanced play queue features
If you have a party, you can enable the so-called "party restrictions". In this mode, users are only allowed to queue songs at the end of the play queue. So you can pass your iPad around and anyone can add their music, without accidentally removing music from the other guests.
Want to know if you have enough songs in the play queue? The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote displays the total length of all songs in the play queue. Additionally it shows for each song at what time it will be played.
Of course, all standard Kodi play queue modes are supported: Repeat (single track/all tracks), Shuffle, and Party Mode. And yes, you can edit the play queue on the fly, delete or move items.
Special server operations/WOL
The following music library functions can be executed via the remote control:
- Scan the music library
- Clean the music library
It is also possible to control the server that is running Kodi/XBMC:
- Shutdown the server
- Restart the server
- Suspend the server
- Hibernate the server
Finally, the server can be started if it supports Wake-on-LAN (WOL). The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote can send a WOL message to the server to start it from standby manually, or once you start the app.
Slide-over View and Split View on iPad - Do Multitasking
The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote fully supports slide-over view and split view on iPad (please note that you need an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro to use these features).
No matter if you are just browsing the web or reading emails: From any app, just swipe left from the right-edge of the screen to access the Kodi Music Remote. Just quickly select a new track, change the volume, or maybe view the lyrics of the current song. Swipe it back to close it. Or swipe the the center to enable split view, where you can work with both apps simultaneously!
Universal application for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro
The Kodi/XBMC Music Remote has been optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad. It is a so-called "universal application", which means that there are no separate apps for iPhone and iPad. So you just pay once, and use the Kodi/XBMC Music Remote on any device.
The app is also optimized for the iPad Pro, taking advantage of the additional display space.