If you're unsure what album art is, then it's basically the images of album covers that you see while playing your digital music. You may have seen these images on your portable player (if it's video-capable), and in software media players such as Windows Media Player. If some of the music in your Windows Media library is missing album art, then this tutorial will show you how to automatically download these missing images from the Internet.
Checking Your Album Art
To check to see which albums in your music library have missing covers, click the Library menu tab at the top of Window Media Player 11's main screen. In the left pane, if the library section isn't already expanded, then click on the small triangle next to it to view the contents. Now, click on the Album category to see a list of albums in your library.
Automatically Adding Album Art
To add missing album art, right-click on an album that is missing a cover and select Find Album Info from the pop-up menu. Windows Media Player 11 will now contact Microsoft's metadata services to search for relevant album art that matches your search criteria. If the search has been successful, a screen will be displayed showing you the album art and track listing for your album -- if this is correct, simply click on Finish. If there are multiple results, then choose one from the Best Match list and click Next, followed by Finish to confirm.
Verifying Newly Added Album Art
You should now see new album art in your music library. If the information isn't showing, you can force the change immediately by clicking the Tools menu tab at the top of the screen and selecting Apply Media Information Changes from the list. You should now see Windows Media Player process your library and apply any changes that you have made to the tag information.
What You Need
- Windows Media Player 11 software
- Windows Media music library
- Internet connection