Album art not in library but in now playing window

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Carlos Campoy, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. I upgraded to WMP 11 and some of my album art disappeared from the library
    view. They are displayed in the "Now Playing" tab but not in the librabry
    view. The same thing happens to "some" new CDs that I have ripped. The
    "some" thing drives me mad because I can't figure out what makes some of them
    work but not all of them. Anyone with a solution?
     
    Carlos Campoy, Dec 29, 2006
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  2. Carlos Campoy

    Dale Guest

    Make sure you have hidden files visible in your album folders. The album
    art added by WMP has the hidden attribute set so, by default, you can't see
    it.

    Another possibility is that your album art is embedded in the tracks but
    that wouldn't be the normal behavior for the newly ripped CDs.

    Dale
     
    Dale, Dec 29, 2006
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  3. Carlos Campoy

    Andy Salva Guest

    I have also upgraded to WMP 11 and album art is not showing for new CD's
    I've been ripping. Previous ones are ok.

    I've been slowly ripping my CD's, with WMP 10 I was having no problem.

    Now with WMP 11 even the info is not updating automatically. I checked and
    double checked the options. I guess I have missed the one check though...

    I am ripping to a firewire 80gig drive if that makes a difference. I did
    select the customize tab in Windows Explorer and set it to the music type
    folder...

    Any suggestions are welcome.

    TIA
    Andy
     
    Andy Salva, Dec 29, 2006
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  4. Carlos Campoy

    Dale Guest

    There are two ways to see album art in the thumbnail view of a folder.
    First, the best way (in my opinion) is to have an image in the folder named
    Folder.jpg. This works in any folder, music or otherwise, because it is a
    feature of Windows, not of WMP. The second way is to simply have any images
    in the folder. In this second way, instead of seeing a large (relatively)
    image that nearly fills the thumbnail (what you get with Folder.jpg), you
    get a smaller image in the folder thumbnail, sized so that you could fit
    four of them in the thumbnail.

    So, now my question is, what are you seeing in the folder thumbnail?

    Also, do you have album art saved as Folder.jpg in any of those folders? If
    you are not seeing any images in your folders and you're seeing images in
    the thumbnail view of the folder, then you have not successfully enabled the
    view of hidden files.

    Dale
     
    Dale, Dec 29, 2006
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  5. Carlos Campoy

    Dale Guest

    I should be so lucky as to have your problem. Many users have, including
    me, have complained that you can't stop WMP 11 from updating your album art
    even if you don't want it to! :)

    So, let's see how to turn it on:

    1. Tools->Options, Player tab. Make sure that "Connect to the Internet" is
    checked.
    2. Tools->Options, Library tab. Make sure that Retrieve additional
    information from the Internet is checked.
    3. Tools->Options, Privacy tab. Make sure that Update music files by
    retrieving media info from the Internet is checked.

    HTH,

    Dale
     
    Dale, Dec 29, 2006
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  6. Thank you. Now that I unchecked the "hide protected operating system files"
    I can see where the mysterious pictures come from -- I just would have been
    so liberal in calling them operating system files but now I know. I have
    also noticed that the image files are created in the same folder where the
    music is saved whenever I paste the album art from within WMP.

    The million-dollar question for me now is why WMP is not creating those
    files automatically when I rip a new CD (it actually does it sometimes) or
    when I update CD info either through the "update album info" or the "find
    album info. It's iteresting that you can see the album art in the "find
    album info" pop-up but it is not saved when you click "finish". Also, the
    image has to be somewhere (I am not done looking all over for it) since it is
    displayed in the "now playing" tab. I will be sure to come back and let you
    know if and where I find it.

    Thanks again,

    Carlos
     
    Carlos Campoy, Dec 29, 2006
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  7. Carlos Campoy

    Andy Salva Guest

    Wow, thanks for the quick responce... Yes those were checked. Here is the
    complete list...
    Could it be something in Windows Firewall. I left default settings. Norton
    Antivirus only, no internet security.

    Actually, now that I look at Nortons logs. He has in there that WMP is going
    out and recieving info. Humm. Fkn Norton. No success yet but I'll post back
    if I find anything.

    Thanks again.

    Connection: toc.music.metaservices.microsoft.com(207.46.248.240): http(80)
    from SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2010, 549 bytes sent, 6163 bytes received,
    0.312 elapsed time.
    Connection: redir.metaservices.microsoft.com(207.46.210.107): http(80)
    from SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2009, 544 bytes sent, 787 bytes received,
    0.187 elapsed time.


    Connection: toc.music.metaservices.microsoft.com(207.46.248.240): http(80)
    from SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2008, 549 bytes sent, 6163 bytes received,
    0.312 elapsed time.
    Connection: redir.metaservices.microsoft.com(207.46.210.107): http(80)
    from SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2007, 544 bytes sent, 787 bytes received,
    0.203 elapsed time.
    Connection: toc.music.metaservices.microsoft.com(207.46.248.240): http(80)
    from SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2006, 549 bytes sent, 6163 bytes received,
    0.296 elapsed time.
    Connection: redir.metaservices.microsoft.com(207.46.210.107): http(80)
    from SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2005, 544 bytes sent, 787 bytes received,
    0.187 elapsed time.
    Connection: metaservices.windowsmedia.com(207.46.248.236): http(80) from
    SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2004, 1202 bytes sent, 24241 bytes received,
    0.640 elapsed time.
    Connection: metaservices.windowsmedia.com(207.46.248.236): http(80) from
    SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2003, 654 bytes sent, 311 bytes received, 0.203
    elapsed time.
    Connection: metaservices.windowsmedia.com(207.46.248.236): http(80) from
    SALVAIXPS(192.168.1.101): 2002, 663 bytes sent, 311 bytes received, 0.187
    elapsed time.



    1. Player Tab:
    Automatic Updates:
    Check for updates: Once a day
    Download codecs automatically
    Player settings:
    Keep the player on top
    Add media files to lirary when played
    Connect to the Internet
    Start the mini Player for file names that contain this text:
    voiceatt.wav

    Library Tab:
    Update library by monitoring folders: Delecte files from computer when
    deleted from library

    Automatic media information updates for files:
    Retrieve additional information from the Internet: Overwrite all media
    information
    Rename music files
    Maintain my star ratings as global ratings in files( just uncheck but it
    was checked)...

    Privacy Tab:
    Display media information from the internet
    Update music files y retrieving media info from the internet
    Download usage rights automatically when I play or sync a file
    Automatically check if protected files need to be refreshed
    Set clock on devices automatically

    Enhanced Content Provider Services: Send unique player ID to content
    providers
    Windows Media Player Customer Experience Improvement Program: I wnat to
    help (just checked after having problems:)
    Save File and URL history
     
    Andy Salva, Dec 29, 2006
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  8. Carlos Campoy

    Andy Salva Guest

    For me, there are no image files created.


     
    Andy Salva, Dec 30, 2006
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  9. Carlos Campoy

    Dale Guest

    If you have tracks that still do not have images in the folder but you do
    see it in now playing, it is displaying embedded images. The ID3 tag
    (that's the standard used for adding track information to MP3 files) allows
    embedded images stored in the MP3 file. To see if you have any embedded
    images, open the file in the Advanced Tag Editor in Media Player. If there
    are any pictures shown in the Pictures tab, then the artwork is embedded.
    This is what happens when you drop an image on the default CD icon in the
    library - it embeds that image into the MP3 file itself.

    As for why WMP can't add the image when you RIP the CD even though it did
    find the artwork when you clicked to Find Album Information, I have no clue.
    I just ripped a new CD I got for Christmas and it downloaded the artwork
    files to the folder by the time the 2nd track had been ripped.

    Dale
     
    Dale, Dec 30, 2006
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  10. Carlos Campoy

    Andy Salva Guest

    Now to figure out how to get the missing album covers:-(

    Thanks for your time. Took the easy way out sorry.
    Andy
     
    Andy Salva, Dec 30, 2006
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  11. Carlos Campoy

    Andy Salva Guest

     
    Andy Salva, Dec 30, 2006
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