Author Topic: Bulk embed album artwork?  (Read 3130 times)

steagl3

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Hello everyone, first post here and I just want to say, Musicbee is amazing - best desktop music player I've used to date. I am consistently impressed with how many features and options there are - sometimes it's even a bit overwhelming, but I've gotten it customized to what I consider a near perfect state ;)

One thing I'd like to be able to do is embed all music files with their respective album covers. In every album folder on my music drive, I've got the album cover file included, always named "cover.jpg" but sometimes some derivatives like front.jpg. I know how to embed the artwork into the file on an album by album basis, but don't see any bulk functionality. Is there a way to do this all at once within Musicbee?

Thanks for any input into the conversation.

Steven

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Not with MusicBee but I expect something like MP3 tag could do that

hiccup

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Welcome to the forum steagl3.

There is a way to achieve this, but it's a bit complex, and it needs extra work, and careful thinking and planning.
You can create a virtual device. (which will be a folder somewhere on your computer)
Under it's device settings, you can check 'embed artwork'.
If you then select an album (or your whole library...) and select 'send to virtual device', your music files will be copied to that folder and the artwork will get embedded.
(which will also be dependent on your original artwork settings under Configuration > Tags (1).

After that you could delete your original files, and replace them with the newly copied versions, and then rescan your library.

edit:
Or, don't delete the original files and your library (yet), but just create a new library, and let it scan the location of the newly copied files. Then if that library proves to work fine, you can always remove the old files and library later.

Beware!
This will involve several serious complications in regards to your folder structure, if all files and folders will be copied, etc. etc.

So, if you are interested in trying this I would strongly suggest:
Do (lots of) testing using a separate portable installation of MusicBee, and using copies of your music files.

Only perform this on your actual library when you are completely satisfied and confident!

P.S.
I haven't done this very often myself. If other users have important warnings about this, or relevant considerations I am overlooking, please chip in?
Last Edit: January 15, 2020, 06:22:26 PM by hiccup