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Windows 7: Corrupt Album Art Cache

10 Aug 2011   #21
dsperber

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

Just one more set of "power user" tips for MP3Tag to make it even more powerful and yet easier for you to accomplish mass-updates intelligently and efficiently...


(1) You don't have to use the tag-field pane, make your changes (or specify "< blank >" or "< keep >") and then push the "save" icon button at the left side of the toolbar, although you can do things this way.

Much easier is to simply overtype the field(s) that you want to change in a given row, and then use the TAB key to move to the next field. With the proper program setting this action will accomplish a combined "apply my field change, and SAVE".

If you then modify the next field and again TAB, you will have repeated the "apply my field change, and SAVE", etc., etc.

If you simply hit TAB on a field to skip to the next field without change, then there will be no "apply my field change" but there will be a SAVE (so the date/time in the file will be updated).

If you don't want to change a field that you land on with TAB, but you simply want to exit the updating process of that row, just hit the ESC key.

NOTE: the correct setting to enable this TAB function is Tools -> Options -> General, and CHECK the "auto-completion at selection boxes" item. To prevent this TAB function from auto-saving at each TAB key use, you UNCHECK and then you MUST use the "save" icon button to do the SAVE. This latter approach allows you to defer the SAVE function (or decide you don't want to actually permanently apply any updates you may have applied so far). It's up to you, but I myself use the TAB as auto-save approach to save time and make my life easier.




(2) In order to make the TAB (to the next field) even more efficient, you can select the columns whose values you plan to overtype most commonly and rearrange the order of those columns as presented by MP3Tag. And you can even hide columns whose data values you're not ever interested in seeing to "reduce clutter" on the screen, or show columns whose data values may not be selected by default but for which you would like to be able to view and edit those tag field values.

This is accomplished by right-clicking on the column heading bar and then selecting "customize columns...", and then checking or un-checking and using the "move up/down" button.




(3) At the bottom of the MP3Tag screen there is a "filter" line. You can do a HELP search on "filter" to learn how to specify the filter syntax, but the effect is as you'd imagine... to filter a subset of rows from the complete set of rows that would otherwise be displayed. If you are recursing through your entire music collection (e.g. for me, at \Music) then the "filter" will display not everything in your collection but only those files which satisfy your filter specification.

At the extreme right of this line there is a right-arrow button. If you click on that right-arrow button you will get a popup menu that provides "filter values" that can be inserted into the "filter" line area.



Some of the additional filter items available to you are further imbedded, in the "extended fields", "information fields", and "functions". If you select those items in the first popup menu you'll get a second menu next to it, and you can continue selecting items, etc.

You can specify the filter value using expected AND and OR relation separators as you'd expect. You specify values within quotes ("value"). Filter items are specified within "%" (e.g. "%artist%"). You specify tests most commonly as HAS/IS/GREATER/LESS/EQUAL/MATCHES.

For example, when positioning at my highest-level parent folder (i.e. the main folder of my entire music collection), MP3Tag reads all files in all lower-level folders and determines that there are 6668 files whose tags must be read:



Then, I click on the "filter" button and select the "artist" item. This causes "%artist%" to be populated at the left side of the filter area.

I then manually type in the filter area (after this now-present "%artist%") the string IS "Band, The" because I want to filter out and display all files in my music collection whose artist is equal to "Band, The"... no matter what album those tracks might be on.

I then again click on the "filter" button and select the "information fields" item to get the second menu, and then from the second menu list I select the "extension" item. This causes "%extension%" to be populated after what's already now in the filter area.



I then manually type in the filter area "flac", because I want to display all files by "Band, The" whose file extension is FLAC.



And the result is now whittled down to exactly what I'm looking for:



I just present this "filter" tutorial to acquaint you with what can be done. And once you learn the few filter values you may use along with the IS, AND and OR relations, you don't really need use the button to populate the fields in the filter area. You can just manually type the expression yourself.

Using the "recurse directories" option, plus filters, may make it easier and faster for you to pass through your collection and make any of the changes you find are necessary to the tags. For example, you might use filter to find all files that have a particular characteristic (say something that is wrong, in common with multiple files), so that the list of tracks shown is just those defective files... allowing you to fix all of these "broken" files using the simple list presented by use of the filter that found them all.


Again... the goal is to use Jaangle as your music player/organizer. And your ideal and simplest arrangement is to have \Music\Artist\Album organization, with "cover.jpg" album art in each album folder.

MP3Tag is your friend for this effort.


I might recommend two other very useful programs (i.e. general purpose Windows file managers, to supplement Windows Explorer which is really not terribly powerful or friendly) that I also use:

(a) Free Commander (which is free)

(b) Beyond Compare (which costs $30)


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10 Aug 2011   #22
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

I'm printing this tut for future reference, but guess what? I got it to recognize my entire music library and I breezed right through it. Everything in my library was okay except for the artwork, which, thanks to you, is pristine now! I can't believe I did over 800 albums in a couple yours. Thanks for all your help, and I do mean that!

BTW, my husband said I'm not allowed to marry you....
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10 Aug 2011   #23
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
I got it to recognize my entire music library and I breezed right through it. Everything in my library was okay except for the artwork, which, thanks to you, is pristine now! I can't believe I did over 800 albums in a couple yours. Thanks for all your help, and I do mean that!
Excellent. The right tool, for the right job.

Now, did you also get your "cover.jpg" album art images stored as single external JPG files into each of your album folders properly? You'll want that for Jaangle, to make it look pretty when you browse your collection and play music.


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BTW, my husband said I'm not allowed to marry you....
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10 Aug 2011   #24
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

Yes, each music folder has a Folder.jpg and no other images! Uh oh, should I have named them cover.jpg? I do have each Folder.jpg stored in a separate file in My Pictures but using album name instead. Should I go into each folder and rename folder.jpg to cover.jpg?
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10 Aug 2011   #25
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
Yes, each music folder has a Folder.jpg and no other images! Uh oh, should I have named them cover.jpg? I do have each Folder.jpg stored in a separate file in My Pictures but using album name instead. Should I go into each folder and rename folder.jpg to cover.jpg?
Depends on what you're going to use this for.

Certainly Winamp can recognize both cover.jpg as well as folder.jpg. So if your music collection was only going to be used on your PC, and Winamp was your player, you could leave everything just as it is.

I suspect (but don't know for sure) that Jaangle as well as many other PC media player programs can also support both cover.jpg and folder.jpg.

However I do know that my Cowon J3 portable music player does NOT support folder.jpg but rather only supports cover.jpg. This is why I myself went with cover.jpg universally.


As far as having the original album art JPG files in a second "master" location (i.e. My Pictures) and named as the albums, well that's perfectly normal and understandable. I have my own similar "master" folder for album art as part of my "CD Database" management program, where the file names here are purely numeric... not even album names! I manually copied each of those master album art images into the target music collection album folders, naming them "cover.jpg" as part of the copy process.

This copy/rename process for 1100 albums from my one master album art folder into the individual music collection album folders was a painstaking one-time effort, but it's now done. You've now clearly done the same thing, except you chose "folder.jpg".

Again, depending on your use and media player being used, you can continue with "folder.jpg" or do a "mass-rename" to "cover.jpg". There are many free utility programs out there that can do "mass-rename" with trivial setup.
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10 Aug 2011   #26
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

I'm off to get Jaangle, I'll let you know if my folder.jpgs work...will go a mass rename if I have to.
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11 Aug 2011   #27
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

Okay, so Jaangle is pretty cool, I'm having fun configuring. And Jaangle is using my Folder.jpg files. (I had a little problem converting to Cover so went back to Folder.) But, here's my only problem:

There are 5 cd's that won't display artwork. I feel like I've tried everything. I "ran" them thru MP3Tag, restarted Jaangle, but still won't show the artwork. So, I deleted the 5 cd's from my harddrive and re-ripped them so that I could get a fresh start. I reopened Jaangle and still, the same 5 cd's won't display artwork.

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Any thoughts?
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11 Aug 2011   #28
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
Okay, so Jaangle is pretty cool, I'm having fun configuring. And Jaangle is using my Folder.jpg files. (I had a little problem converting to Cover so went back to Folder.)
I don't use folder.jpg and didn't have time to try it myself. But both folder.jpg and cover.jpg are almost universally acceptable by PC media player/organizers, so I was virtually certain Jaangle would handle folder.jpg just fine.

Glad it worked out for you. Just remember if you have a portable music player you might not be so lucky (as I am not, since my Cowon J3 only accepts "cover.jpg" for album art).


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There are 5 cd's that won't display artwork. I feel like I've tried everything. I "ran" them thru MP3Tag, restarted Jaangle, but still won't show the artwork. So, I deleted the 5 cd's from my harddrive and re-ripped them so that I could get a fresh start. I reopened Jaangle and still, the same 5 cd's won't display artwork.
Your attachment seems broken. 404. So I can't see what you were trying to show. Please re-post the attachment.

I suspect that the tags for the music files from these 5 CD's probably have an "artist and album" name that does not match the folder structure you created to hold all of the music files for those albums. Use MP3Tag to double-check what you have for "artist" and "album" in the tag fields, and then see if those are the names of the folder(s) in which the music files live for those CD's.

Anyway, in order to reflect any changes to your collection (including adding, deleting, or changing files, either music or folder.jpg art) you need to use the "update local collections" function. You can either (a) click on the down-arrow next to the "collections" item on the menu bar and then select "update local collections", or (b) click on the "collections" item and then push the "update local collections" at the bottom of the window.



If you make updates to the tags in files, it seems to me that this "update local collections" function does not reflect the tag changes. Apparently in this case you need to "read tags" for the selected files to get them updated properly. After selecting the one or more tracks that you want to re-read tags for, right-click and then select Advanced -> read tags, and that should do it.




Just to coordinate my settings with yours, in case you haven't discovered them yet, each pane has a little "gear" icon to invoke the settings dialog for that pane.

(1) I've selected the "Massif" skin. I like it's black background and white text appearance.



(2) I've selected "style 4" in the artist/album pane. I like the larger text font size, and the larger and square-shaped art.



(3) I've selected mode "artist - album" for my general presentation sequence in the artist/album pane (also selecting "sort by name", for both artists and albums) which gives me what I want to see.



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11 Aug 2011   #29
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

an easier way to load albums into mp3tag is to right click the folder of the specific album and select mp3tag from the context menu, if you dont see it in context menu reinstall mp3tag and carefully select the context menu checkbox in the setup, then it easy .
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11 Aug 2011   #30
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

I managed to get them all fixed but one and whatever worked for the other 4 is not working for this one!

The artist, album, song title, everything is fine but I can't get it to show the folder.jpg. In MP3Tag, I can add the pic to the file, but it won't show in Jaangle.

Corrupt Album Art Cache-ex1.jpg

Yes, I found the update collection and "read tags" and that fixed the other four.

Yep, I found the gears and am having fun with the panes. I wasn't too crazy about any of the skins but I tried the one you're using and it's pretty cool.

So, once I get this last stinking album done, my music library will be sweeeeet! (And perfect--I like things perfect!)

P.S. Still want to marry you. Stupid husband, anyway....


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