Add Album Covers to Your MP3 Music

Use WMP 11 to Download Music Cover Art

Girls listening to music and looking at album cover

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The term album art refers to album covers and artwork associated with digital music releases. You may have seen these images on your portable music player and in software media players such as iTunes and Windows Media Player (WMP). If some of the music in your Windows Media library is missing album art, you can download these missing images from the internet with the help of WMP 11.

How to Download or Add Album Art With Windows Media Library

Follow these steps to add album images to your music library.

  1. Check to check to see which albums in your music library have missing covers. Select the Library menu tab at the top of Window Media Player 11 main screen.

    If the library section isn't already expanded, click on the small triangle in the left pane to view the contents.

  2. Select the Album category to see a list of albums in your library.

  3. 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 contacts Microsoft's metadata services to search for relevant album art that matches your search criteria. If the search is successful, a screen displays the album art and track listing for your album. If the information is correct, click Finish.

  4. If you see multiple results, choose one from the Best Match list and select Next, followed by Finish to confirm.

Verify Newly Added Album Art

You should now see new album art in your music library. If the information doesn't show, force the change by selecting 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.