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Importing your Music

Overview


innuOS allows you to import your music easily directly through the Innuos Dashboard. The Import functionality has some intelligent features integrated so that not only does it copy your music to the Music Library, it will also organise it, remove any file-naming problems and de-duplicate so that your Music Library is kept tidy.

There are 4 options currently available:
  • Import from a Music Server
  • Import from a USB Drive
  • Import from a NAS
  • Import from a Computer

If you already have a compatible music server containing your music and want to copy all your music to your innuOS server, then choose the Import from Music Server option. The Import from Music Server allows to import either directly from the server or using a backup drive from the server. See Importing from Music Server for all the options.

If you have your music on a USB drive or want to import some additional music from a USB pen drive, then use the use the Import from USB Drive option. Likewise, if your music is on a Network Attached Storage (NAS), you can choose the Import from NAS option to import all the music on a specific folder to the innuOS server.

Finally, you can also import music from your computer. This is particularly useful to import music from iTunes or music downloaded from Online Stores.


Organisation

The Import feature will organise your music as follows:
  • Create an Quality/Artist/Album (Disc Number) folder structure based on the album files metadata. Quality is divided into the following categories:
    •     Compressed - Music in a compressed format such as MP3 or music from iTunes;
    •     CD Quality - Music in lossless format at 16bit/44.1kHz;
    •     High-Resolution - Music in lossless format at 24bits and frequency rates equal to or above 44.1kHz.
  • Shorten any long folder or file names, truncating them to 70 characters;
  • Replace some reserved characters to preserve compatibility with different operating systems and streamers;
  • Check if albums are already on the Music Library with the same quality. If the album exists on the exact same quality, it will be moved to the Unsorted folder. If the album being imported exists on the Library but with a different quality, then the quality is added to the folder name in square brackets. As an example, if you have the album "Making Movies" from Dire Straits in CD Quality and are importing a 24bit/96kHz version, then the resulting folder structure is "high-resolution\Dire Straits\Making Movies [HD96]".

Requirements

Import can handle flac, mp3, m4a, aiff, wav, dff, dsf files and requires that:
  • Audio Files must contain at least the Track Number, Artist Name and Album Name tags.
  • If you have separate cover images for your albums, then each album must be in a separate folder;
  • If you have files from different albums in the same folder then you'll need to have embedded album art in order for album art to be imported;  
  • If you are importing file formats without embedded metadata such as DFF or WAV, then they need to be in an Artist/Album folder structure in order to pick up the Artists and Album metadata

If the audio files don't comply to the rules above, they will be moved to the Unsorted folder, keeping the same folder structure as the original media. Then files or folders that have been moved to the Unsorted folder will be shown in the Unsorted Music Report available at the end of the Import procedure .

The Unsorted folder will be visible on your music players and you can play any compatible music files. This music will show on the Music Library but you won't be able to correct it from the innuOS Dashboard. You can see more details in the Editing Unsorted Music Files section.