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Media Sources are virtual links to the content you wish XBMC to use. When you enter any of the Videos, Music, Pictures or the Filemanager, you will see an entry for "Add Sources". When you first start with XBMC you should at least add one source, like a drive or directory on your XBMC device to get you started.
If you select "Add sources" a dialog appears, where you may manually input a path, or browse to a source that contains media that you would like XBMC to use and display. As an example, if you enter the Music section, you could tell XBMC where it should look for your music. This can be as simple as selecting a folder on your computer or you can also choose to browse your home network for media. These two options would be the most widely used places for sources.
You can select as many sources you like if you have content in different places. When you have finished browsing and found the folder you would like, you should input a name for your source. This name will be displayed when you browse your sources. To finish, simply confirm by selecting "OK". You will now see a new entry in the list with the name you gave it.
1 Adding media sources
1.1 Through the User Interface
By default every root section includes a Add Sources button that you can click to start adding sources. This can be disabled though Settings/Appearance/View Options/Disable add source buttons in file lists.
While in the root of any of XBMC's sections you Call up the context menu by pressing the C or ⊞ Win button or on the remote. From there you can also edit any of your current sources, just make sure you have the source you wish to edit selected.
Browse or enter the name and location (Local / IP ) you wish to assign to the source. For more detailed information on the virtual keyboard including USB, gamepad, remote, and remote t9 text input see the On Screen Keyboard section of the manual.
From here you can also set the content of your media source, see: Advanced Topics/Set Content (Video Library). With this feature you can let XBMC pick the FanArt and Thumbnails from the internet that way giving your XBMC a very nice look by showing the appropriate FanArt and Thumbnails when browsing your media.
2 Internet streams
Various internet video and audio streams can be played back in XBMC as if they were locally stored on your media center by using STRM files. As long as the format and streaming-method (network-protocol) is supported by XBMC, stream can be added. These are basic text files that look like <name>.strm and contain a URL to the internet stream. STRM files can also be added to the video library and can have cover art, summaries, etc.
Some internet sites may have an add-on available that can also access these media streams, rather than having to manually create STRM files. See Add-ons for more information on how to find and install add-ons.
If you want to make a source more private, you can use lockcodes or passwords to protect that source. The easiest way to accomplish this in XBMC, is using the GUI dialogs. First, enable the Master Lock in