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Windows 7: Corrupt Album Art Cache

12 Aug 2011   #41
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

I don't create a single album folder within a parent folder because I didn't start out that way orignally and well, I'm lazy. This works for me:

Here's an example of two: the first has multiple cd's within, the second only one cd:

Corrupt Album Art Cache-exp1.jpg

Here's the multiple cd's:

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You open up the first one:

Corrupt Album Art Cache-exp3.jpg

And here's the single artist file:

Corrupt Album Art Cache-exp4.jpg

I guess this works for me. And you're right, I can alway view in Windows Explorer. When I play music, I never search for artist. I'm so attached to the album art that I look for that when I want to select a cd, either on my Zune or computer. Although on the Zune, it's always set to Genre.

As far as embedded album art, I'm not sure what you mean. But I did discover that when I select an album to play in Jaangle, each song shows the album artwork in the artwork pane---except the problem album, it shows on some songs and doesn't show on others. But I don't really care about that. All I care about is that the artwork is in the Album view pane, so I can quickly find what I'm looking for.

I kind of quickly looked through your post, I have to go burn supper now, but I'll look over it later and see what wisdom your are trying to impart on me.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!




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13 Aug 2011   #42
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
I kind of quickly looked through your post, I have to go burn supper now, but I'll look over it later and see what wisdom your are trying to impart on me.
Well, all I'm trying to do is persuade you to move away from Windows Media Player as a "music player", and to move away from Windows Explorer and/or Win7 Libraries as your "music collection/organizer".

In my opinion and experience, these are products with very limited capability in comparison to 3rd-party dedicated programs, such as Jaangle. Not only is Jaangle far more appealing to look at, but it organizes and displays many times the amount of information you would ever see in Windows Explorer.

Who really cares if you can just get a peek at one angled image inside a manila folder, or multiple angled images. Who cares if you can see the individual music file names inside that folder if you open it, all with the identical micro-version of the same album art? This is all virtually nothing compared to what you can see all in one gorgeous giant organized Jaangle main window presentation:



In one Jangle 4-pane presentation you see and invoke the following:

(1) artist/album pane - artist with artist photo showing genre and total number of tracks from all albums within that artist; indented albums with album cover art showing year and number of tracks in that album folder.

(2) track details pane - customizable column presentation showing all tag field values for each music file either for all albums by that artist or individually by album; physical file size and fully-qualified pathname of each file; one or more tracks can be selected and played, either using the Jaangle built-in player or using your external music player (e.g. Winamp); you can select a track and locate that track's album within Jaangle, or you can open the album folder with Windows Explorer; you can invoke Google - Lyrics or Google - tablatures; you can invoke automatic tagging functions, including renaming the file from tags or setting tag fields from the file name; copy physical pathname to clipboard.

(3) information pane - artist picture and artist biography, or album cover art picture and album review/tracklist; contents of information pane remains in sync with whatever track/album is playing.

(4) playlist pane - selected track(s) for playing, stored/added from selections in track details pane; create M3U playlist file from contents of playlist pane; load M3U playlist into playlist pane; shuffle,

Add to these panes the built-in music player at the bottom of the window, and 3-band EQ, and I just don't understand why anybody struggles to try to make the best of the severely under-qualified Windows Media Player and Windows Explorer for seriously large music collections.

I mean, look at my screenshot above. The artist/album pane showing artist photo and then album art for each album by that artist... why is this not exactly what we're all looking for? Why would you prefer the silly manila folders of Windows Explorer, with a barely visible angled photo image inside if you're lucky? Didn't you say that you browse for albums with Windows Explorer by recognizing album art? Well at least Jaangle shows the full-on album art, full-view for each album, rather than the angled partially visible photos as presented inside of manila folders by Windows Explorer.

And I still recommend that you have an album folder under each artist, even if you only have one album for that artist. It's just consistent, and usable, and you will always see your albums whenever you look in Windows Explorer... even if you have just one album for that artist (see AC-DC in the screenshot below):




Now on the other matter, of whether the tag pane in MP3Tag will or will not show album art, the answer is it should NOT show album art for any selected file if there is no imbedded album art in the tag for that file.





If you are seeing art in MP3Tag, then you still have imbedded album art in the tags of at least some selected files. I thought you had removed ALL of the imbedded album art you had discovered, and instead created a single "folder.jpg" album art image for that album's folder (if you had two or more albums for that artist so that you actually had individual album folders).

Alternatively, based on your subsequent description of your organization I'd guessed you'd put the folder.jpg in the artist folder, if you had only one album by that artist and therefore did not have an album folder underneath the artist folder but simply had all tracks from that one album directly in the artist folder, along with folder.jpg.

But in ALL of these situations, you still should never see album art in MP3Tag unless you actually do still have imbedded art in the tags for some music files. Obviously you should remove that art in the tag for those files, if you want to avoid confusion and guarantee that your folder.jpg approach will work without fail.

You need to look at each track in that Bluegrass album, one at a time, with MP3Tag, and see which ones do or do not have imbedded album art. NONE of them should have imbedded album art any longer if you're going to get folder.jpg to be your album art solution.


You've now confided that this final Bluegrass album is still causing you problems, so there's obviously something not right about it. And actually, I'm surmising that the album TITLE is "World's Greatest Bluegrass Bands". So in this case your folder structure of \Users\Public\Music\World's Greatest Bluegrass Bands isn't specifying the "artist" at the folder level, but rather is really the "album" for that folder name. You've also kind of invented an "album artist" and called it "World's Greatest Bluegrass Bands", but to be honest it's really the album title, and not a genuine "artist".

And this is why I brought up my own invention of a "pseudo-artist" of "Oldies Collections", to create a parent folder so that all of my compilation albums (like your Bluegrass album with assorted artists for each track) could fit into my general \Music\Artist\Album folder structure.


Anyway, bottom line is I honestly feel you would benefit by weaning yourself off of Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows 7 "Music Library", etc., and simply use Jaangle for all of your music collection organizing, collecting, and playing needs.

You can certainly use Music Library for navigation and convenience, but you can also just use Computer and navigate manually to where your music collection is stored. Presumably it's simply in \Users\Public\Music and you can find it using Computer just as well as Library.

But for the rest of the time when you're playing music... that's when you want the power of a Jaangle to help you find what you're looking for, and enjoy what you're seeing and listening to. And in fact you can play music using either the Jaangle built-in player (which also plays FLAC, as well as MP3 and other formats) or you can invoke an external player (e.g. Winamp or even Windows Media Player if it's the default associated player).

You can also use Jaangle's tagging facility occasionally since it's right there for the taking, but I'd still recommend MP3Tag for your general tagging work.
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13 Aug 2011   #43
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

I feel really stupid now, that I didn't take more care to set my library up properly in the beginning. I never dreamed that one day I would have over 800 cd's on my computer so I didn't give it much time or effort.

I now see that I should have been more careful and I probably wouldn't have so many problems.

Whenever I made a mix cd with various artists, I would name the cd and artists with the cd's name and then use the actual name of the artists in the contributing artist's category. I thought it would be easier to find, file, etc. I now see that that was not the way to go.

I would love to get away from Windows - everything! but when I'm looking for a specific album, you can't beat Windows explorer in album view. So I'll probably never stop that.

But as far as listening to music on my computer, I'll never go back to WMP. Even with a brand new computer (less than 1 month old) it would hang, freeze, take 15-20 seconds to load/play album, etc. And it wouldn't shut down, even when I closed the window. I'd always have to use Task Manager to end process. No, I won't miss it at all.

So, should I run each and every album back through MP3Tag to remove artwork from each track? And if I don't, what will that hurt/impact?

Oh, and one more thing: World's Greatest Bluegrass album--still shows in Jaangle without the apostrophe, although I used MP3Tag to make everything match. I've updated collection, closed and reopend program, rebooted, and still it won't pick up that change...this is one evil album!

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13 Aug 2011   #44
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

One question about Jaangle:

What does the cross in the yellow box mean? I don't think I saw that in any of your screenshots:

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13 Aug 2011   #45
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
I feel really stupid now, that I didn't take more care to set my library up properly in the beginning. I never dreamed that one day I would have over 800 cd's on my computer so I didn't give it much time or effort.

I now see that I should have been more careful and I probably wouldn't have so many problems.
We all seem to make several long-running project/passes through our ever-growing music collections over the years.

I started my MP3 discoveries back in 1999 while still using Win98. I used Audiograbber along with a command-line MP3 encoder purchased from Fraunhofer (the inventor and patent holder and royalty collector of MP3), which I thought produced great results. It was, however, VERY VERY SLOW and 100% CPU intensive. So making MP3's as a very arduous and time-consuming process.

I even retained Win98 as an alternate boot partition when I installed WinXP in 2002, because the Fraunhofer encoder would not run under WinXP's DOS command-prompt window. So I had to re-boot to Win98 whenever I wanted to make new MP3's from newly purchased CDs.

Eventually, in 2008, I discovered LAME which not only worked perfectly under WinXP but also turned out to be a very very FAST encoder of MP3. It also produced significantly better sounding results than the original Fraunhofer encoder I'd been using, which really was the icing on the cake.

So I converted my production workflow to instead now use Augiograbber and LAME, and in October 2008 embarked on a complete re-pass of my entire CD collection (which at the time had now grown to probably around 900 CDs). My stated goal was to produce a complete replacement for all of my previous MP3 files, this time produced with the better sounding LAME.

But the project allowed me to do a complete review of everything I'd done up until then, in the previous 10 years. I was able to review all of my album art again, and re-find newer better quality covers for those I'd originally overlooked, or missed, or had accepted crummy 500x500 or smaller 200x200 art when I really wanted high-quality 500x500 art, etc. I was able to double-check naming of folders and files, and guarantee that all tags were correct.

I also used the opportunity to completely re-build my CD Database (I use a program named Musifind Pro for that) from scratch, hunting down all of the "original album/year" information for each of the tracks on all single-artist "greatest hits" collections and multi-artist "compilations", so that my CD Database was accurate and informative. I'd been fairly casual about this (apparently) originally, and I became obsessive about the accuracy of this data during this second 2008 pass.

I also used the opportunity to re-listen to every track on every CD, to encode to MP3 those "secondary" tracks I'd ignored originally. In other words, many popular artist CDs have the one or two or few "popular/hit" tracks that you recognize and probably bought the CD for those tracks. But often there really are other secondary tracks that are good, very good, or great as well. So as I was passing through all of my CDs I consciously created MP3 files for these other "surprise" tracks.

Note that for cover art, Amazon is still my primary source for a CD unless I can't find high-quality there in which case I just scan my own CD cover and tweak/re-size with Photoshop. If I do scan my own I then upload my own cover to Amazon so that others can share. There's nothing more satisfying than looking back at your covers months later and seeing a high "vote count" for your own added covers).

Anyway, this project which started in 2008 ended up taking a lot longer to complete than I expected it to. In fact it was only completed in October 2010!!! Yes, it took about 2 years for me to finally complete this re-pass of my CDs (as my CD collection had also grown to over 1000)... because it required a great deal of time and effort to painstakingly do everything new and more accurate that I had to do for each CD.

But in the end it turned out produce probably double the number of total MP3 files as I'd originally had. And, I had corrected all my previous mistakes. I had fixed spelling errors in files, artists and albums. I had found/produced high-quality album art for all CDs that I was proud of and could enjoy looking at. I had uncovered the "original album/year" for all tracks from collections and compilations.

And in the end, this second pass was well-worth it. I even bought a 64GB Cowon J3 portable music player in mid-2010, and copied my entire new music/art collection (about 6900 tracks from 1037 CDs, representing about 1600 artists) to the player so that I could carry the entire thing around with me.


Then, by listening to music from the J3 through headphones and in my car, when I realized that some of these 6900 tracks were really "my very favorites" and sounded better in FLAC than they did in MP3 I decided to make yet one more pass of the whole CD collection. This time I didn't have anything to do except decide whether I wanted to have a track in FLAC or MP3, based on its sound quality and whether or not it really was "my very favorite".

So starting in February of 2011 I began my THIRD PASS of my CD collection... this time to produce FLAC versions to replace MP3, for "my very favorites". The 64GB J3 has adequate room for what would now be larger file sizes (typically 3x-4x larger for FLAC vs. MP3).

But once again this new pass again gave me a chance to re-evaluate my existing album art and once again scan-my-own if appropriate. I discovered a fair number where I'd apparently been "tolerant" during the 2008-2010 project, but where I was now unhappy.

And not surprisingly, I again occasionally found spelling errors or organizational errors in folders and files and in tag fields as well. So I fixed those issues as well.

I'm still working on this FLAC-pass, but I now have over 800 FLAC files to replace the original MP3 versions. I am almost through, and expect to end up with probably 1000 FLAC files out of my 6900 total music files.

So, each "re-pass" through your music collection gives you a chance to review what you've done, get rid of what you don't like or want, correct errors you never saw before, re-structure and re-tag things if appropriate, and review your album art. Each such pass is no doubt time consuming, but in the end the results of each one-time project probably justifies the effort spent... espeically if you really love music, are proud of your music collection, and really do listen to it on your computer, with a portable music player, and/or in your car.


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Whenever I made a mix cd with various artists, I would name the cd and artists with the cd's name and then use the actual name of the artists in the contributing artist's category. I thought it would be easier to find, file, etc. I now see that that was not the way to go.
Homemade mix CDs are a totally different story. Here you can go anyway you decide to invent for yourself. I don't do that for my own situation, but certainly have several hundred true multi-artist compilations of a commercial origin.

Which again is why I decided to invent the "pseudo-artist" of "Oldies Collections", create an "artist" parent folder of that name to fit within my \Music\Artist parent structure, and then put all of these multi-artist compilations under that "pseudo-artist" to conform to my \Music\Artist\Album structure.

And for the tags built for each track from these compilations, the "album" in all of these is truly the compilation title. The "artist" in each track's tag is the actual artist performing on that track.


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I would love to get away from Windows - everything! but when I'm looking for a specific album, you can't beat Windows explorer in album view. So I'll probably never stop that.
Well, you probably haven't discovered the "search" features (both simple and advanced) in Jaangle.

For example, I just did a simple search for "innocence" on my collection using Jaangle, and sure enough all of the tracks of Don Henley's "End of the Innocence" album appeared. Then I right-clicked on one of those tracks (for example, if the search produced hits from multiple albums or artists, and I saw the one(s) I really wanted), and selected "locate album" on the popup menu. This resulted in the left artist/album pane navigating to and selecting the specified album.



Or, you can do a search for an artist, e.g. "Frey", who might have hits in multiple albums so that they all show up. Again, select a track from the list shown for the specific album you want, right-click and select "locate album", and you're there!! Artist/album pane navigated for you, and selected album selected for you with only its tracks showing in the details pane, and information pane showing the album art/review/tracklist for just that selected album. You yourself do not have to any folder navigation or scrollbar pulling or whatever... just enter something in the "search" area and go from there.




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So, should I run each and every album back through MP3Tag to remove artwork from each track? And if I don't, what will that hurt/impact?
If you use folder.jpg/cover.jpg, then you don't need album art in any individual track's tag. You only need to put folder.jpg/cover.jpg in the correctly named album folder (that matches the "album" tag field values of its tracks).

So me... yes, I would remove the album art in any tags. But with MP3Tag it's trivial... just select all of the tracks for each album you select, right-click on the album art area in the tag pane, and select "remove cover" (while specifying the "< keep >" value in all other tag fields, so as not to lose anything else). The imbedded album art in all tags for all selected tracks will now be deleted, and all the other tag fields will be retained.

And if you check the "search subdirectories" item you can navigate to a high-level folder, have MP3Tag recurse down through all sub-folders and show you ALL your tracks in all sub-folders, now you can really select your entire music collection and remove album art from all tags in all your music files... with essentially a single click.

I thought you'd already done that, but I guess not. Or maybe not for everything. Anyway you should practice on one folder so that you learn exactly how to do it, and then do it on your entire collection.

There's simply no need for it since you're using folder.jpg, it's wasteful and duplicative, and it may well explain your Jaangle mysteries.


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Oh, and one more thing: World's Greatest Bluegrass album--still shows in Jaangle without the apostrophe, although I used MP3Tag to make everything match. I've updated collection, closed and reopend program, rebooted, and still it won't pick up that change...this is one evil album!
You need to select all the tracks from that album, right-click and select "read tags", in order to absorb into Jaangle's database your spelling correction to the "album" field in each of the tags.

For example, I've re-arranged my "mode" to match your "collection - albums", and specified "alphabetical by album name" (so that my artist/album pane is strictly in alphabetical album order). Then I selected a particular compilation album, and then I selected all the tracks of that compilation album, and then I right-clicked and selected "read tags" to import the up-to-date tags. This should get your own Bluegrass album mystery corrected, once and for all.







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13 Aug 2011   #46
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
One question about Jaangle:

What does the cross in the yellow box mean? I don't think I saw that in any of your screenshots:
That is Jaangle's "info icons", which I have suppressed because it's not of any value for me.

You can suppress it yourself using the "gear" checkbox in the tracklist pane. Just un-check it and the info icons will disappear.



There's no manual or HELP with Jaangle, but I believe that the yellow "+" indicates that information is present which will appear in the lower information pane.

And I believe the blue "i" indicates that there is a "comment" or further lower-level information in one of the miscellaneous tag fields.

If you right-click on a track and select "Properties" you'll be able to browse the entire tag for that track, including all of the primary and secondary and extended tag fields.

As I mentioned above, I myself have turned off this column as having no value to me. All of my tracks have tags, and all of my tags have information in them. In particular, my FLAC files also have a "comment" in them. So these "info icons" don't provide me with any real information.
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13 Aug 2011   #47
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

First of all, WOW! You are dedicated!

I did remove the info icon, thank you for that.

I've played a little with the search features. I'm also playing with making my own skin but my dogs are being bad and distracting me so I'll save that for a quieter time.

The only--ONLY--way I could get Jaangle to show the proper stuff on that bluegrass album was to uninstall/reinstall Jaangle. I tried renaming my music directory, and installing the new one, hoping it would pick up the change there but it didn't. I tried the "read tags" thing too. Only solution was to uninstall/reinstall. What's up with that?!

And about MP3Tag: OMG, how great. I thought I only had problems with the artwork, but they went deep,deep, deep. I was able to correct so much. I probably have a few typos in there, but how amazing that I could see all the info on one line, group a bunch for change when necessary and not have to go to each song/Properties/Details in Windows to change stuff.

Well, this has been a learning experience for me. I know I'm not done but I feel like my library is now about 98% (maybe more!) and I'm putting it on a flash drive right now so that if any Windows thing tries to mess with it (can't even open up Media Player, it wants to change tags!) I'll have the "good" stuff ready to pop back on.

Okay, it's Saturday night, what do you say we get out and have some fun now? We deserve it!
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13 Aug 2011   #48
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
The only--ONLY--way I could get Jaangle to show the proper stuff on that bluegrass album was to uninstall/reinstall Jaangle. I tried renaming my music directory, and installing the new one, hoping it would pick up the change there but it didn't. I tried the "read tags" thing too. Only solution was to uninstall/reinstall. What's up with that?!
You probably needed to do BOTH (a) "read tags" for all tracks in that folder, and (b) "update collections".

I suspect when you uninstalled Jaangle that its "database" got deleted. Then when you reinstalled, its "database" got re-built when you redefined your collection. At that time, all tags were read and the database got built.

You can accomplish the same thing with an existing install of Jaangle simply by manually doing both steps... (a) read tags after guaranteeing that they're corrected using MP3Tag, especially for those tracks which seem to be directly tied to a mysterious symptom you're seeing, and then (b) "update collections", which deletes all orphan/obsolete old references and re-detects all new currently present folders and files.


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And about MP3Tag: OMG, how great. I thought I only had problems with the artwork, but they went deep,deep, deep. I was able to correct so much. I probably have a few typos in there, but how amazing that I could see all the info on one line, group a bunch for change when necessary and not have to go to each song/Properties/Details in Windows to change stuff.
Yes, it's a fantastic and well designed program.

It can work on individual tracks, or collections of multiple selected tracks in a single folder, or collections of multiple selected tracks in "recursed" multiple folders (if you have the "check subdirectories" option set ON so that you see tracks from the high-level folder as well as from all lower-level sub-folders all displayed together in the track list).

You can sort the tracks shown on individual column headings, to gather together all tracks with a particular value in that column, if you want to perform mass-change on all of them together, etc.

You can perform mass-change on selected fields (e.g. to install a new YEAR in all selected tracks) while retaining all other fields untouched (i.e. using "< keep >" in those fields of the tag pane).

Very very powerful program indeed. And the fact that you can rearrange the columns shown and their sequence, well that makes it very easy to say put all of the columns you are or likely will work on at some time in the future present on the left side, so that you can just easily see without scrolling what you're mostly concerned with, and can then tab your way across each line changing field values and simultaneously "saving" the updated tag with each TAB, until you want to skip a field (with the right-arrow) or exit the process (with the ESC key). Or, you can fix fields for individual or multiple selected tracks using the tag pane, mass-changing selected fields and "keeping" other fields.


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Okay, it's Saturday night, what do you say we get out and have some fun now? We deserve it!
Good idea! I actually have a lot of TV to catch up on, which I will do as I continue to work to complete my "FLAC pass" against my CD collection. Coming down the home stretch, and it's important to me that I finish it this week.

Enjoy your evening.


Just in passing, did you notice in my own Explorer screenshot above (trying to show you with the AC-DC mention that even with a one-album artist situation, it makes excellent sense to still create an album folder under that artist rather than just throwing the tracks from that album into the artist folder) that I do NOT even have any version of Windows icons displayed? My Explorer "view" option for my D:\MP3 folder is "list", not even "details". I only want to see an optimally arranged maximum-information display of all artists when I select my D:\MP3 folder in Explorer.

So on the right pane, the "list" view does just what I want... shows me only the artist names in text form, arranged in multiple columns. That's perfect for making any navigation as easy as it can be, when browsing through my music collection using Explorer.

It's Jaangle that I use when I really want to do something important... like search, or check something, or PLAY music.

And I still have Winamp installed as my "external" player, and as my default association with music files. So even if I do happen to drill down into a music artist/album folder using Explorer, my presentation is minimal (actually, "details") but I don't care that there's no album art or info for FLAC files shown by Explorer) and the mini-icon shown is for the default associated program, not the album art.

Again, I don't really care what Explorer shows me... other than the file name. And therefore I don't dwell on its defects, or under-engineering or difficulties or limitations with its user-interface.





Primary tools: Jaangle, MP3Tag, Winamp, Audiograbber, LAME, FLAC and FLAC-Frontend, ACDSee (still using the old/lean/fast legacy v4.0.1 from yesteryear).

Secondary tools: Musifind Pro Internet Edition, Free Commander, Beyond Compare, CD-Runner, EAC.

No longer used (but used at one time as primary tools, when MP3 was all I had): [MP3-Explorer], MP3 Manager 32, Shuffleplay/2, MP3-Tag/Studio, Fraunhofer command-line encoder, MP3-Info Extension.
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18 Aug 2011   #49
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post

Primary tools: Jaangle, MP3Tag, Winamp, Audiograbber, LAME, FLAC and FLAC-Frontend, ACDSee (still using the old/lean/fast legacy v4.0.1 from yesteryear).

Secondary tools: Musifind Pro Internet Edition, Free Commander, Beyond Compare, CD-Runner, EAC.

No longer used (but used at one time as primary tools, when MP3 was all I had): [MP3-Explorer], MP3 Manager 32, Shuffleplay/2, MP3-Tag/Studio, Fraunhofer command-line encoder, MP3-Info Extension.
Well, you really inspired me. I embarked on several days (and pulled some all-nighters) to update all my album art. It was grueling, as about 1/3 of my collection is mixed/custom cd's. Each one had to be scanned, touched up, etc. There were many purchased cd's that I couldn't find suitable artwork for and had to take what I could get and touch up as much as possible. All went well, right? No!

I opened Jaangle to admire my work, opened each and every album to have a look at the big picture (made all my artwork 500x500) and some looked blurry. I went back to Windows Explorer, checked the size and found that about 20 of them had reverted to 200x200. I know that I did these properly, but I pulled the cd's out again, redid them, went back to Jaangle and now there were different ones showing at 200x200.

Do you have any clue as to what is going on? This was a lot of work, and I'm kind of doing a slow burn over this. What/who decides that album artwork should be 200x200?

How's your week been? How's your project going?
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18 Aug 2011   #50
dsperber

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by katiebuglove View Post
Well, you really inspired me. I embarked on several days (and pulled some all-nighters) to update all my album art. It was grueling, as about 1/3 of my collection is mixed/custom cd's. Each one had to be scanned, touched up, etc. There were many purchased cd's that I couldn't find suitable artwork for and had to take what I could get and touch up as much as possible. All went well, right? No!

I opened Jaangle to admire my work, opened each and every album to have a look at the big picture (made all my artwork 500x500) and some looked blurry. I went back to Windows Explorer, checked the size and found that about 20 of them had reverted to 200x200. I know that I did these properly, but I pulled the cd's out again, redid them, went back to Jaangle and now there were different ones showing at 200x200.

Do you have any clue as to what is going on? This was a lot of work, and I'm kind of doing a slow burn over this. What/who decides that album artwork should be 200x200?
Need more info.

You mention "scanned"... so does that mean you actually used a scanner, to scan the CD cover yourself? If so, can you please describe this process. What scanner, what scanning software, what scanner software settings (e.g. DPI and any other sharpening/de-screening settings), what are the dimensions and format of the "raw" results of the scan (e.g. is it TIF)?

And what editing software are you using to then rotate/crop/edit the scan, touch up its contrast, brightness and color (and how are you doing this), and then how are you re-sizing and saving your adjusted scanned image into a 500x500 JPG?

After you tell me your approach, I'll tell you mine.

But obviously there's no way you should end up with a 200x200 result unless you are using some tools or techniques I'm unfamiliar with. I can attest to the fact that I end up with 500x500 high-quality JPG's when I go through my own scan-my-own procedure. Need to know how you re-size and save.

I need to hear your story, to suggest where your 200x200 results are coming from.


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How's your week been? How's your project going?
I finally have finished my "single artist" CDs, and also my "soundtracks". And I'm halfway through my "compilations" (which actually have far fewer tracks I want to put into FLAC format, so they go very quickly).

I have maybe another 90 or so compilation CDs and I'll be done! Perhaps 1-2 more days, since these go very quickly now.

As I mentioned before, I'm using this pass as another opportunity to review my album art, and re-scan my own if it turns out I'd accepted one previously that while 500x500 upon further inspection looks fairly crummy.

Most exciting, it does appear I'll be able to still get the entire new collection onto my 32GB+32GB Cowon J3 player. Looks like when I'm done the entire music collection including selective FLAC replacements for MP3 will be about 59GB. I currently have 900 FLAC files out of 6700 total tracks (i.e. the rest are MP3), and will probably end up with about 950 FLAC files at the end.
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