adding album art manually - any cons?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by srourke, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. srourke

    srourke Guest

    I just enabled the album art feature in WMP11 and got a lot of album art
    automatically, which I see is added to the album folders as "system files".

    If I wanted to add album art manually, are there any cons to having the art
    embedded within each mp3 file in the album? I've got a lot of squeaky-clean
    files that I don't want to mess up.

    Thanks, Steve
    srourke, Feb 9, 2007
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  2. srourke

    Dale Guest

    If you use WMP 11 to embed that album art, the art will be reduced to
    200x200 pixels in the process.

    If you copy that art into the album folder as Folder.jpg, WMP 11 will reduce
    the art to 200x200 pixels without any warning, without any opportunity to
    opt out of the change, and without creating any backup.

    If you're going to embed the image into the file, use WMP 10 or a
    third-party tool. Do not use WMP 11. Once the art is embedded, I haven't
    see WMP 11 screw with it - must be a bug; I'm sure WMP 11.5 or 12 will fix
    that loophole.

    No matter what, the safest route when working with your own album art in
    WMP, only work with backup copies of your images.

    Dale, Feb 9, 2007
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  3. srourke

    srourke Guest

    Thanks, Dale.

    I'm not concerned about WMP11s resizing effect on the album art (it wouldn't
    be my original artwork, just "album art" that WMP did not find in the online

    I'm hesitant to "embed" album art directly into each mp3 file, which is what
    WMP Help says is done when album art is added manually.

    It doesn't sound like there's any way to "unembed" art added manually, and I
    am wondering if there are good reasons not to embed the art into the
    individual mp3s.

    Thanks, Steve
    srourke, Feb 10, 2007
  4. srourke

    srourke Guest

    OK, I get it. I can grab an album art image and add it to the album folder
    as folder.jpg and SmallAlbumArt.jpg -- works fine for my purposes. Thanks a
    lot for the help.


    srourke, Feb 10, 2007
  5. srourke

    Dale Guest

    There's little reason not to embed the album art in the file though some
    players won't handle large art. My truck MP3 player, for instance, won't
    handle my 480x480 album art. I have to remove it before burning for my
    truck - which I do in batch so it is only a couple keystrokes for a whole CD
    of 175 songs or so.

    To remove embedded album art, simply open the track in Advanced Tag Editor
    and remove it from the Pictures tab. I'm going to post my album art tools
    to my website shortly but it is a spare-time kind of project. In the mean
    time, you'd be stuck with other third-party tools or using ATE, one track at
    a time.

    Dale, Feb 10, 2007
  6. srourke

    srourke Guest

    Yep, I've been playing around some, screwed up, and already learned the hard
    way on the one-at-a-time ATE removal thing (WMP11 also created folder.jpg and
    albumartsmall.jpg files in the embedding process). Ouch! Think I'll stick
    with the folder.jpg approach for adding missing art. Again, thanks for the

    srourke, Feb 10, 2007
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