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Windows 7: MP3 album art not showing

23 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
MP3 album art not showing

I can't see any thumbnails in MP3 files (the folder art is visibile,though) anymore, only the file icons.The MP3 songs are already tagged, because when I open them with an editor like MP3 tag editor or a media player such as Winamp or Windows Media Player 12, the album art for all the MP3 songs is visible,but it's not in Windows Explorer.

I have already cleaned and reset the thumbnail cache in "Disk Cleanup" option according to a tutorial available in the forums, but the cache images and files are still there.I even deleted them manually and put a JPG image named "folder" in the album folder, but no success.Is there any way to re-enable thumbnail visualization for MP3 files?Thanks

P.S.: The "Show icons, never thumbnails" option in Folder Options is already unchecked.


OS: Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
MP3 tags: ID3 v1 and v2.3

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23 Oct 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1

Hello ksioamaral89,

First make it sure that the thumbnail preview is enabled.
Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

Then, associate mp3 files with windows media player.
Default File Type Associations - Restore
Just download the registry file for mp3 and merge it.

Does it work?
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24 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic x64

Hey Ark, thanks for the help, I managed to solve the issue.I checked the tags and all the MP3 files had ID3 v1, v2.4 UTF-8 and APE v2.So I changed the ID3 v2.4 to v2.3 UTF-16 and deleted the APE tag.After that I chose a JPG image to be the MP3 files thumbnails and wrote the tags, and now my MP3 files are displaying the art thumbnail correctly.I even put a JPG image named "folder", and the folder thumbnail is also being shown.I deleted the cache files too(JPG images and .db files).

I even found out a solution for a similar issue.Sometimes the album folder thumbnail (not the MP3 files) isn't updated, even if you manually added a thumbnail image to the MP3 files.So, I associated the MP3 files with WMP 12, and after some seconds, WMP 12 managed to recreate the cache files (small, large images) and even the "folder" one, so now the folder thumbnail is being correctly displayed and updated.I'll mark it as solved, and will tell the solution to other users.Thanks!
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16 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

Thanks , i have same problem like this for a couple month and after i read it , now my mp3 files embedded with artwork can show again in windows explorer , thanks a lot , it works !! just download mp3 default reg & restart

sorry for my bad english
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10 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I have just solved my very old problem related to mp3 album art with the help of mp3 .reg. Thank u very much for such a post.
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