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Album art can be embedded into MP3 files fairly easily using ID3 tags. However, before you start filling up all of your MP3 files with works of art, there are a few things that you should stop to consider first.
A standard MP3 file only contains audio data, with no additional information about the artist or type of audio contained within it. To include such extra information in an MP3 track, tag data is usually added to the beginning or end of the audio file in ID3 format.
While the ID3v2 tag standard allows any type of image to be embedded in an MP3 file, it does advise that either PNG or JPEG formats should be used when interoperability with playback devices is required. Practically speaking JPEG images have been adopted as the de facto standard in this respect.
Unfortunately, any additional information that you add to an MP3 file will increase its file size and this is of particular importance when adding images due to their potential size, even with compressed images such as JPEGs.
Windows Media Player embeds album artwork as 200 x 200 pixel images, although will display larger images if they are embedded in the playing file as a larger size. iTunes currently displays album art as 200 x 200 pixel images. The picture to the right is sized at 200 x 200 pixels by way of example and is 35kB in file size.
JPEG images of these dimensions will vary in file size (dependant on the compression ratio used and image complexity) from around 10kB to 80kB or so. A 300 x 300 pixel image is actually over twice the size of a 200 x 200 image, and will consequently lead to approximately double file sizes.
Richard-Thanks for a very informative thread.My question is this: If you embed album art in a single mp3, will that be sufficient to display the cover for the entire album, or would I need to embed that art in each track on an album Would it need to be the first track on the album LastWith +\\- 9000 mp3 files, it would save so much time and disc space if I could simply embed once per album.Thanks!
If I add album art to an album in WMP, it refuses to add the cover to all files in the album. Nomatter how I do it. Likewise, Windows Explorer can read the album art for the album, but not all files in the album.
You can use Winamp to link a mp3 file to a specific jpg album art without embedded it. Definitely, there are some disadvantages if you want to move your music to other devices or share it via internet.
Firstly, as I understand it, neither WMP nor Winamp actually embed artwork, they simply create an image file in the mp3 folder and refer to it when the music is played. (This is why artwork will often not appear if you move the music file to another location). WMP creates a (hidden) file called AlbumArtLarge.jpg and Winamp creates a file called .jpg. There are advantages and disadvantages with both methods, depending on how you listen to your music.
Right-clicking the file in XP lets me see some limited ID3 information. Viewing the file information in Winamp (my player of choice) shows me both ID3 and ID3v2 tags. However, Winamp does not store image metadata in the ID3v2 tag, it uses a different method (as described above), which means that reattaching the artwork results in a new jpg file being created.
Hi, This filename looks like the sort that Windows Media Player generates automatically for the album artwork and sticks in the same folder as all the tracks. This is not actually embedded as such in any of the tracks.
I am using Mp3tag to rename files and folders consistent with the tags for 50k+ tracks. By renaming folders, artwork gets left behind and only audio moves to new folders. Am I OK to delete jpg files left behind if the artwork is already embedded in the tag I have many non-commercial recordings with special artwork.
Hi, Glad to hear that you found the article informative. MP3TAG actually embeds the album artwork at its original resolution, but your playback software or device (e.g. WMP) may not be displaying the full resolution of the artwork that is actually in the MP3 file. Try a test with MP3TAG and then play the file in something like VLC Player and you should see what I mean.
Yes, I use Discogs too for my album art. Advantage is that there are numerous scans for albums (and singles and everything else), with different versions of tracks and resolutions and colour settings (depending on the choices of the person doing the scanning). This creates a problem in that it requires a lot of manual selecting. It would be of interest which version of graphic file MP3TAG would pick up. Might try it!
I just had to stop by and say thank you. This really help me out after upgrading to Itunes 11, the drag your own artwork feature is now gone, so I have to apply the artwork directly to the mp3 files if I want to see it in Itunes. So I thank you from one developer to another, I know and appreciate the time you took to build this tool. God bless you
I settled on using eyeD3 for album artwork for the pjsho.ws site, the reason being its command-line interface. I created a template for album artwork, and as part of the concert packaging script that canonicalizes titles, adds a text file, packages and seeds torrent files, and so on, I generate an image file with an ImageMagick script and tag the tracks with this image using eyeD3.
Are you aware of any method to delete unwanted artwork within the filesUnfortunately, I am not a programmer, but if I could provide a possible solution to MM maybe they would take initiative. So far MM has not provided a solution that could help their user base ;^) 59ce067264