My kids spend a lot of time watching music TV but they have no control over the videos that they watch. I've often thought it would be a good idea to have your own music video jukebox where you can select the music videos that you want to watch, not just those that someone else wants you to watch. I felt so strongly about this that I wrote my own Music Video Jukebox addon for XBMC which does just this. And do you know what? It has given me an opportunity to share my memories and musical likes and dislikes with my kids and for them to explore the chart hits from the last 50 years. I can't get them off it. They love it!
Kodi (renamed from XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source software media player and entertainment hub. We use it in our house for catch up TV, watching movies, TV series and family photo albums and now, for watching music videos. It can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, and features a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.
My Music Video Jukebox plugin was written in Python and I followed the Kodi addon guide to develop the addon. My addon talks to some PHP code on a server which serves the requested video.
There are over 5,000 videos in the database from the 1970's to the present day. It contains the best selling singles from each year, along with other important videos across a range of genres. I update it every week with the current Top 40 and so far I've had thousands of downloads and had to increase my bandwidth to cope with requests.
To install the addon, follow these steps:
- Download XBMC/Kodi.
- Install XBMC/Kodi
- Browse to the Add On Manager
- Install UK Music Video Jukebox
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