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Album Art

Album Art

As you scroll through this tip, you’ll probably realize that it’s a little shorter than our usual Tip of the Day, but this one was just too good to pass up for another day. Check it out!

This is easily my favorite tip! One of the coolest new features in Windows XP is its album thumbnail generator. This tool automatically places the appropriate album cover art on the folder to which you are copying music (generally in the WMA format). But, what about those people who have already copied their CDs to the hard drive using an MP3 format?

Well, in that case, you can download album cover art from sites, such as cdnow.com or amguide.com. Once you find one you like, you can then use the new Windows XP folder customize feature to display the proper image for each folder. Now, this does take some time to do, so be patient. You have to manually edit the folder properties for every single folder and be aware that you will lose customizations if you have to reinstall your operating system, for any reason. There’s an excellent fix, however.

When you download the album cover art from the Web, just save the images under the name of folder.jpg each time and place them in the appropriate folder. Then, Windows XP will automatically use that image as the thumbnail for that folder. And best of all, it will use that image in your Windows Media Player for Windows XP if you choose to display album cover art instead of visualization. Also, the folder customization is automatic, so it survives an operating system reinstallation as well. Your music folders never looked so good!

Have fun with this one!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami