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How to Embed Album Art for Zune

Posted by onlydarksets on December 28, 2007

Turns out the Zune 2 software won’t autotranscode WMA Lossless to WMA lossy for you. Sooooo, I have to convert my entire library, and then use that with the Zune. Not a huge deal, except for the fact that I used WMP11 to associate album art with each of my tracks. Why is that a problem?

Well, it turns out that WMP11 doesn’t actually embed the album art in the WMA file – it creates a series of JPG files in each album folder that it marks as Hidden/System. Yes, that’s right – art for each track is stored at the album level, so if you move a track to a different folder, you are hosed.

So, I’m going through the process of embedding album art for all of my tracks. Basically, that consists of:

  1. Deleting the Hidden/System files.
  2. Figuring out which WMA tracks (or MP3, AAC, etc.) don’t have embedded art already.
  3. For those tracks, finding and embedding the art.

Deleting the Hidden/System Files

WARNING: This will affect not only the files in the current folder, but also in ALL SUBFOLDERS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!

NOTE: I suggest backing up all of the “Folder.jpg” files first, just in case you can’t find the album art again.  Do that between steps 2 and 3.

  1. From the root of your WMA folder, type:
    dir *.jpg /A /S
    This will display a list of all JPG files in all subdirectories. You should see some (or all) of the following:

    1. AlbumArtSmall.jpg
    2. Folder.jpg
    3. Album*.jpg
  2. You can’t delete or move the files until you remove the Hidden/System attributes. The following command will do that for the current directory, and all subdirectories:
    attrib -S -H *.jpg /S
  3. Finally, delete all of the album art files from the current directory and all subdirectories:
    del /S *.jpg

Finding the Tracks Without Art

I love MediaMonkey.  Fire it up, then select the Album view from the tree on the left, then select”View” and then “Show Album Art with details”.  Anything without a picture on it needs embedded art.

Embedding Album Art

There are two options: let MediaMonkey do it for you, or find the image and paste it using MediaMonkey.

  1. Let MediaMonkey do it for you:
    1. Select the album
    2. Press Ctrl+L (or right-click and select “Auto-tag from Web”)
    3. Click the “Auto-Tag” button
  2. Do it manually:
    1. Find the album art from:
      1. Google Image Search
      3. Artist’s home page
    2. Select all track in the album
    3. Press Shift+Enter (or right-click and select “Properties”)
    4. Click the “Album Art” tab.
    5. Right-click and select “Paste”
    6. Select “Save image to tag (if possible)”
    7. Click “OK” twice to finish.

8 Responses to “How to Embed Album Art for Zune”

  1. guy said

    Not to be mean but where the FUCK do I type:

    “dir *.jpg /A /S”

    Im trying to delete album art from the ZS so I can put it on my zune.. piece of shit software i shouldve gotten iPod.

  2. guy- it’s not “mean”, it’s just not a mature way to ask for help. Regardless, help I will.

    First – you don’t need to delete album art if all you want is for it to show up on the Zune. If your songs are organized in folders by album, the Zune will look for a file called “Folder.jpg” or “AlbumArt.jpg”, and it will display that as the album art image. If that’s working, then there is no reason to do anything. However, if you don’t your files organized, or if you have moved files between folders, then you probably will have a problem.

    So, assuming you have a problem, go to the top level folder in which music is stored (e.g., if you store everything in “C:\Music”, go to “C:\Music” in a command prompt). That is where you enter the commands listed above. The “/S” option causes the command to recurse through all subdirectories.

  3. Jody said

    ABout Album Art… I would really like to have a different picture for each track on an album. Is that possible?

  4. Absolutely! Instead of selecting all tracks in step 2.2 of “Embedding Album Art”, just select the individual track you want to add the art to.

  5. theman5511 said

    OK i’m having the same problem as Guy…how and where exactly do i type in

    “dir *.jpg /A /S”

    where do i run the command prompt at?

  6. 1. Click the Start menu and select Run
    2. Type cmd and press enter
    3. Type cd “[full path to music] and press enter
    (Note: do not include the drive letter or the colon. If your music is in “C:\Users\onlydarksets\Music”, you would type cd “\Users\onlydarksets\Music”)

    Once you are there, that’s when you type the dir command.

  7. theman5511 said

    yeah i figured it out thanks

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