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 the images of album covers that you see while you play digital music. You may have seen these images on your portable player and in software media players such as Windows Media Player. If some of the music in your Windows Media library is missing album art, you can easily download these missing images from the internet with the help of WMP 11.

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 main screen. If the library section isn't already expanded, click on the small triangle in the left pane to view the contents. Click on the Album category to see a list of albums in your library.

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 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. If you see multiple results, 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 doesn't show, force the change 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.