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Windows 7: Removing Album Art from WMP - part 2

08 Jan 2016   #1
MrTAD

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Removing Album Art from WMP - part 2

Windows 7 Pro & WMP ver 12.
I've ripped over a thousand cd's (to mp3 format) and literally spent hours deleting all album art/graphics from the music folders that I carefully organized and backed up. Oh, and I modified my rip options and disabled display and retreiving media info from internet. But that didn't help.

My problem is that when I play these mp3's using WMP, new jpg (album art) files suddenly appear in the music folder being played. Typically I'll get 2 small jpg files that pop up in the folder being played....but I've had as many as a dozen or more jpg's appear in a folder. What's worse (and more confusing) is that I've discovered "new" album art show up in other music folders that were not being played! I'm not happy about the artwork files that show up in a folder I'm playing...but in a folder I wasn't playing? How does that even happen?

I searched the Windows SevenForums and discovered the "wipe out jpg" solution provided by user Callender in March 2014. Following his instructions using the Command Window worked - PARTIALLY. I discovered and deleted hundreds of jpg files that I had previously deleted. But as soon as I played some music through WMP, other "new" jpg's popped up in the folder that I was playing.

I'm getting desperate. Should I use a different media player instead of WMP? Is there a more permanant fix to stop WMP from allowing these files to appear?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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08 Jan 2016   #2
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm not sure on this one. I don't actually use WMP - it's disabled on my machine.

However if you look at registry settings here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
Removing Album Art from WMP - part 2-metadata-retrieval.jpg
Try setting the Metadata Retrieval Value to zero. A reboot may be required for the setting to take effect.


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08 Jan 2016   #3
MrTAD

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Callender...Thanks for the response. I just went into my registry and sadly....my metadataRetrieval is already set to 0. I turned off the internet "access" settings in Win media player thinking that would stop the jpg from "restoring themselves" but that wasn't the case either. I don't want to be impolite, but what media player do you use instead of WMP?
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08 Jan 2016   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrTAD View Post
I don't want to be impolite, but what media player do you use instead of WMP?
Personally I use PotPlayer with the MadVR plugin for video playback and currently use MusicBee for audio playback although I do also have a few other players installed.
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17 Mar 2016   #5
Tim De Baets

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrTAD View Post
Callender...Thanks for the response. I just went into my registry and sadly....my metadataRetrieval is already set to 0. I turned off the internet "access" settings in Win media player thinking that would stop the jpg from "restoring themselves" but that wasn't the case either. I don't want to be impolite, but what media player do you use instead of WMP?
Instead of the MetadataRetrieval registry value, you need to modify the LargeAlbumArtSize and SmallAlbumArtSize values. It looks like this will prevent WMP from creating new album art JPGs. More info about this 'hack' here.
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