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I don't understand why all my music artist/genre/album etc. are classified under misc/unknown given the fact that I'm confident that 90% of 200G music do have metadata. I managed to get the source of emms-print-metadata and installed it, tested it on an mp3 and it does return a result. I have the following configuration. There is nothing special: I just followed the documentation and tweaked a bit to use mpv as default player.

(use-package emms
  :ensure t
  :requires (emms-setup emms-player-mpv)
  :config
  (emms-all)
  (setq emms-player-list '(emms-player-mpv)
    emms-browser-covers 'emms-browser-cache-thumbnail-async
    emms-source-file-default-directory "~/Music/"
    emms-info-functions '(emms-info-libtag)
    emms-player-mpv-parameters '("--really-quiet" "--no-video"))

  (when (executable-find "emms-print-metadata")
    (require 'emms-info-libtag)
    (add-to-list 'emms-info-functions 'emms-info-libtag)))

Question. How to let emms understand metadata and display them correctly in emms-browser-search-by-* buffers ?

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Try resetting the cache M-x emms-cache-reset and then re-importing your music M-x emms-add-directory-tree. Then emms-info-libtag will cook away in the background for a bit and, after a few minutes, you should see your metadata.

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  • Thanks! Honestly, this should be written in the documentation. I followed the path of this answer but it seems that it was not enough. Mar 1 at 16:23

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