How to Play Background Music on Kodi Media Centre


There are many tweaks available for Kodi media centre users and one of these is the ability to play background music. Background music provides a great finishing touch to your HTPC solution and enhances the feel of your media libraries. With Kodi you can select an MP3 from one of your collections and have it played on startup and until you select a media file to launch. In this guide I will show you how to play background music on Kodi media centre and what software is required to do this.

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How to Play Background Music in Kodi Media Centre

One of the issues with Kodi is that many of the default skins that have been provided for the different releases do not support Kodi background music playback. It is possible to create scripts to run alongside Kodi but the easiest way is to select a custom skin with this added functionality. The majority of custom Kodi skins support background music playback and the steps required to set it up are very similar on each. With Kodi 17 Krypton being the latest RC build available we will be using this for our guide. The new Estuary default skin that comes with Kodi Krypton looks great but does not support background music. To keep the same look and feel but enabling this feature we will install the Estuary Mod skin. If you are using a different custom skin then this guide should still apply.

Install Estaury Mod Kodi Skin

Stage 1 – Install the Guilouz Repository

The Estuary Mod skin is available from the Guilouz Repository and fully supports Kodi background music playback. You can find the Guilouz repository download at our Estuary Mod Review page. Download the zip file found in the first section of the article and save it to your PC. You now need to add this repository to Kodi. Select Add-ons on the left hand home screen menu. Then click Install from Repository as shown in the below image. [Read: How to Install Addons with Kodi]

Kodi Install from repository Add-ons
Kodi – Install Addons from Repository

On the next screen select Install from zip file. Now browse you computer to locate the zip file you have just downloaded. [Read: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]

Kodi Install from zip - Add-ons
Kodi – Install Addons from Zip

When you locate it, select the zip file and click OK as shown in the screenshot below.

Kodi Guilouz Repository Download
Enable the Kodi Guilouz Repository

Stage 2 – Install the Kodi Estuary Mod Skin

The Guilouz Kodi repository will now be installed on your Kodi system and ready for you to access. Before we can play background music on Kodi we need to download and install the Estuary Mod Kodi skin. We are going to repeat Stage 1 by clicking Add-ons on the left hand menu and then select Install from repository. This time, on the screen that follows select Install from repository (instead of install from zip). Select the Guilouz Repository from the available list and the navigate through Look and feel - Skin - Estuary Mod - Kodi 17. [Read: How to Setup Official Kodi Remote on IOS & Android]

When you get to this point select the zip file for the skin (this is the only file available) and click Install. When the download is complete you will get a popup message saying: “Would you like to switch skin?” Click Yes and Kodi will change to your new Estuary Mod skin. This will now allow you to play background music on Kodi.

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Play Background Music on Kodi

Once the Estuary Mod skin is installed you are ready to setup your Kodi background music playback. To do this select Settings from the main Kodi menu on the left hand side of the screen as shown in the image below:

Play Background Music on Kodi
Kodi Settings Option

You will now be presented with a whole host of different settings options. Select Skin settings as shown in the below screenshot:

Background Music Playback Kodi
Kodi Skin Settings

On the screen that follows select Extras from the left hand menu and then click Splash screen (photo, video or music) on the right hand pane. Both options are shown below:

Select the Extras Option to Add Background Music

At this point you will be asked to choose a file to use for your Kodi background music playback. You can either use an MP3 from your music collection or a separate MP3 stored elsewhere on your system. You can also select a directory and it will play all MP3s in that folder one after the other. Navigate to your chosen file and click OK. Kodi will now return to the Extras screen and your work is done! If you restart Kodi your chosen MP3 will begin playing on startup and will continue to play until you select another media file. [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]