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Some of our readers wanted to know how to update the album information for the tracks in their music library and how to add album covers, so that they show up in Windows Media Player. In this tutorial we will try to cover both topics as good as possible.
How to update album information
First, start Windows Media Player and navigate to the albums that don't have all the necessary information.
Open the album for which you want to add the missing information.
Now, select all tracks and from the right-click menu select 'Find Album Info'.
Windows Media Player will start a wizard that will help you find and update the missing album information. If all the selected tracks are from the same album, select the appropriate option and click on Next.
The wizard will start searching for the album in its database. If the search will return no results, you will have to update the existing information and include what you know about it.
In this example, both the album and the artist are unknown. Type the name of the artist and the album and then click on Done.
The wizard searches again and, if it is found in the database, you will be asked to confirm that the album information is correct.
If that is the case, click on Finish and Windows Media Player will update all the tracks from the album to include all the available information. This can include details such as music genre, publisher, year of publishing, album art, etc.
How to add album art
For each album in your music library, Windows Media Player shows the available album art. If this is not available, the album will be displayed as a blank CD case. To manually add the album art, do the following:
First, find the album covers using any search engine you like and then save it on your PC. Then, open Windows Media Player, navigate through your music library and find that specific album.
To add the album art, just drag and drop the covers on top of the album. As you can see in the screenshot below, a '+' sign will appear.
When you move the covers on top of the album, release the left mouse button. Another method is to select the image containing the covers, right click on it and select Copy.
Then, open the album in Windows Media Player, right click on it and select 'Paste Album Art'.
Either way, the next time you open that album in Windows Media Player, you will be able to see the covers.
Find large format album artwork at AlbumArt.og