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Get Images by Artist Name?

Postby pkscout » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:45 pm

I maintain Artist Slideshow (an addon for Kodi) that downloads artist images for playing artists. It looks like one of our primary sources of images (htbackdrops) isn't allowing API access anymore, so that leaves me with just theaudiodb and doesn't seem to have anyway to get artist images with just the name of an artist, so if a Kodi user hasn't tagged their music with the MusicBrainz ID, they can't get any images from

With that as the setup, are there any thoughts about or plans for adding the ability to return images based on artist name?
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Re: Get Images by Artist Name?

Postby Kode » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:47 pm

I'll have a think about it, adding search will complicate things a fair bit and put strain on the API, I'm looking at using elasticsearch on the new site so it might be easier then
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Re: Get Images by Artist Name?

Postby zag » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:24 pm

From my experience its quite a resource intensive way of doing it as you have to provide multiple results most of the time.

For now I think its better to simply require users to MBID tag their music.

I wondered if the MBID tag could be stored locally somehow in the Add-on database. That might make it better at caching the data rather than continually looking it up.
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