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Windows 7: Can't see album art in Windows Explorer, pls help

14 Nov 2011   #11
jk419

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

thanks for your replies........


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15 Nov 2011   #12
jk419

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

but my problem isn't solved yet......
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15 Nov 2011   #13
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jk419 View Post
but my problem isn't solved yet......
You're going to have to provide more information... like a screenshot of MP3Tag showing one of the "problem" MP3 files that isn't showing the cover art.

I just ran my own experiment (although I don't normally use Windows Explorer to manage or view my music collection). Works perfectly for me.

I do NOT use imbedded album art inside of the tags in my MP3/FLAC files, because there's no reason I can justify for the duplication of imbedded JPG art into each music file for the same album. So normally I would only have "cover.jpg" as an external album art file in the album folder and no imbedded art duplicated into each music file's in that same album folder. But I did just that in my experiment, to see what would result.

(1) Initially, Explorer showed only the "cover.jpg" thumbnail, and nothing for each MP3/FLAC file in that folder:



(2) Then I used MP3Tag to imbed the "cover.jpg" album art in that folder into EACH TAG (of each music file, MP3 and FLAC) in that folder. So now I had both imbedded album art in each tag, as well as the same "cover.jpg" album art in the folder. Results looked perfect:



Note that Windows Explorer does not support tags in (or even play) FLAC files, so they still appeared as having no art. But if I look at those files with MP3Tag the imbedded album art is there, since FLAC tags DO support imbedded art and MP3Tag does support FLAC tags completely.


So... this is obviously how things SHOULD work. Everything works perfectly, and Windows Explorer shows the imbedded album art inside of ID3 tags (for MP3 files) even if it doesn't show imbedded art inside of FLAC tags.

Now, looking at one of these MP3 files which currently has imbedded album art using MP3Tag, it looks like this. Do your files look the same, showing the imbedded art??

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15 Nov 2011   #14
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jk419 View Post
I can see the album art as in capture1 but when i enter the folder there is no art in thumbnail view - capture2
The icons you show in your capture2 do not look like the icons for "music files". They look like the icons for "playlist files".

Are you sure you're looking at the correct folder, and that it has been populated properly with MP3 files and not M3U files??

See my own screenshot above, of my own folder containing MP3/FLAC files. Note the Winamp icon for the MP3 files... which is NOT the Winamp icon for M3U (playlist) files as yours shows.

Unfortunately your screenshots for capture1 and 2 chopped off the bottom of each icon, so I can't see the file names underneath nor can I see the folder names. That would have been very informative.
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20 Sep 2012   #15
aowald

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
FIX!!

Okay, so I believe I've got a real fix for you. I've been dealing with a similar issue in Windows 7 for this same exact problem. Basically what I've come across is that something happened to the registration in Windows that altered the ability of these files to display thumbnails. The way I fixed this issue was to locate a resource online that would repair just the file extension with a registry hack.

For example, since I use Windows 7 and could not see thumbnails for some of my mp3 files, I went here:

Default File Type Associations - Restore

and pulled down the reg file that would re-establish default settings for mp3 files. After downloading and running the registry file, I rebooted and after logging back in to windows, I found that I could see all my mp3 files with the thumbnails properly in place. I'm actually having the same problem with AVIs as well. I'm going to try this method again to pull down the reg file for AVIs and get thumbnails back for these types of files as well.

I've got a good feeling this will do the job for you.
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13 Nov 2012   #16
jinuj27

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

its simple open windows media player press ctrl+o

now you see a explorer to select music

go to mp3 containing folder & open it change view as large icon

(NB: open all mp3 folder and change the then go slowly top to bottom of folder)
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19 Nov 2012   #17
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

OP when I had a similar problem I followed this
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05 Nov 2015   #18
Scottyboy99

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

OP, did you ever fix your issue? I have more or less the same problem whereby m4a thumbnails are not showing in explorer. These are iTunes music files. I see preview art on the folder but if I open the folder all the m4a tracks just have the default windows music icon. Strangely m4p protected files seem to be ok and displaying the art. The art is embedded because if I physically open iTunes or Windows Media Player to play one of these tracks the programs display the relevant album art. Also if I browse over Network from another computer I can see the thumbnail art. Would clearing the thumbnail cache be a good solution?

I might add this is on a new windows 10 pc (fresh factory install last week) that this is happening on. I know this is a windows 7 forum but I am struggling to find similar stories relating to 10.

Cheers,
Wayne
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06 Nov 2015   #19
Scottyboy99

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

For benefit of others. I downloaded trial version of DbPowerAmp which seemed to restore the thumbnails, must have some built in m4a benefit. Clearing the thumbnail cache did not work.
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