WMP replaced all my hand collected folder.jpg album art!

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Dan Kordik, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Dan Kordik

    Dan Kordik Guest

    Recently I decided to give WMP11 a try with my full collection, so I
    added all my music. Hours later when it was done, I noticed the album
    art didn't seem very high quality like the high-resolution album art I
    have collected/scanned over the years. It turns out, all of my
    folder.jpgs have been replaced, by WMP, with 200x200 low quality album
    covers. I lost my high resolution covers! I don't think there is
    anything that can be done now, but please make it so this does not
    happen to anyone else. This is a significant loss.

    Dan Kordik
    Dan Kordik, Oct 11, 2006
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  2. WMP has been doing this sort of thing since v9, and I don't think it's going
    to stop real soon. Always have a backup! Especially when running media
    management software (iTunes has its little idiosyncrasies too) and triply so
    when it's beta software.
    Mike Williams, Oct 11, 2006
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  3. Dan Kordik

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    WMP and Explorer developed an album art system. People figured loosely out
    how to plug into it. Is there some supported way to put your own art in
    place? I'm not actually aware of any, but this may be my own lack of
    knowledge within that area.

    I believe you will want to set the "Content Provider" field for any content
    that you are going to plug your own album art into.
    zachd [MSFT], Oct 12, 2006
  4. Explorer had a system for setting art for folders which WMP subsequently
    Mike Williams, Oct 13, 2006
  5. Dan Kordik

    zachd [ms] Guest

    My understanding, which I did verify through a quick test before typing my
    last response, was that they are disparate systems and the paths do not
    cross. XP's shell picks up the WMP changes/rules, but uses its own image
    association scheme.

    Windows Media Development Team (speaking for myself only)
    See http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    zachd [ms], Oct 13, 2006
  6. Because WMP takes a proprietary view of folder.jpg (which worked to provide
    folder art long before being used as album folder art) as soon as WMP starts
    monitoring folders with pre-existing folder.jpg files, it starts deleting or
    replacing them with alternates. As I noted in my blog a couple of years ago,
    if WMP can't identify the tracks in your folder it replaces the folder.jpg
    with WMP's placeholder file.

    The problem got worse in v10 when it made folder.jpg hidden system files
    (they had only been hidden files before). As WMP extends its ambit to
    include picture files the potential for overwriting more user files grows.
    Mike Williams, Oct 14, 2006
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