Find out how to add album art to your MP3 files in Windows 10
The rise of music streaming services, such as Spotify, YouTube Music, and Apple Music, has changed how we listen to music. However, many people still prefer listening to their music on their devices via MP3 files.
There are many websites from which you can purchase music in MP3 format, but not all of them add album artwork by default. Furthermore, if music is ripped from a CD, the program used to do that may not transfer the metadata such as artist name, album title, genre, and album artwork to the ripped MP3 file. The lack of album artwork bugs many users as many music player apps, MP3 players, and smartphones feature album art placeholders.
So many users wish to add album art to their MP3 music files. And you can do that manually in both Windows Media Player and Groove. In this article, we will show you how you can do that is ease.
Windows Media Player supports MP3 and WAV files by default, which are the most commonly used container formats for music files. However, it’s worth mentioning that WMP won’t play MP3 files that contain compressed ID3 tags.
Microsoft’s Windows Media Player (WMP) has been around forever. Its first version appeared in 1991 with the release of Windows 3.0 with Media Extensions. Microsoft continued making new programs to play media files. In 1992 Microsoft released Video for Windows, which could play digital video in an AVI container format.
With the release of Windows XP, Microsoft officially renamed Media Player to Windows Media Player, which, by that time, was version 5.1. Windows XP is the only operating system with three different Windows Media Player versions, which included the v5.1 as mentioned above, v6.4, and v8. Microsoft added MP3 playback support with version 6.1, but audio CD playback was natively supported with version 7.
With the release of Windows Vista came Windows Media Player v11. In addition to DirectShow, Windows Media Player v11 brought the Media Foundation framework support, which allowed it to play certain media types using Media Foundation and other media types using DirectShow.
Windows Media Player v12 was released along with Windows 7 and included support for more media formats as well as a myriad of new features. With the release of Windows 8, however, Windows Media Player was not updated. WMP v12 is still included with Windows 10 today.
Windows Media Player v11 introduced some changes to the media library. The most significant change was the removal of the Quick Access Panel, replacing it with a navigation pane on the left that could be customized for each library to show selected media with contents appearing on the right with thumbnails featuring the album artwork.
Missing album artwork for music can be added directly to the placeholders in the library itself. The player re-renders all added album art into 1x1 pixel ratio, 200x200 resolution jpeg files.
As previously mentioned, Windows 10 also has another media player named Groove Music. Groove is an alternative to Windows Media Player that was first included in Windows 10. However, unlike WMP, which can play audio and video files, and open photos, Groove Music can be used to play audio files only. Groove Music can play MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A, WAV, WMA, AC3, 3GP, 3G2, and AMR files.
The unique thing about Groove Music is that it’s available not only for Windows but also for Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One, HoloLens, as well as mobile devices. It comes as a native app in Windows 10 and uses the Windows Universal API.
As in WMP, you can add album artwork to your MP3 music files using Groove Music. Some users have claimed that adding artwork added using Windows Media Player will also be shown in Groover Music, but it’s not guaranteed that it will be shown.
If you want to add album artwork to your MP3 files, see the guides for both Windows Media Player and Groove Music below.
Table of Contents:
- How to add album art in Windows Media Player
- How to add album art in Groove Music
- Video guide on how to Add Album Art to MP3 music files in Windows 10
How to add album art in Windows Media Player
Adding Album art in Windows Media Player is easy. When you add album art, WMP will save the changes automatically.
1. In the Search box, type in Windows Media Player and click the result.
2. If the Search box is hidden, open the Start Menu and then type in Windows Media Player and click the result.
3. Navigate to the Album section under Music.
4. Find the album to which you want to add or change the album art.
5. Navigate to the location of the album art image, right-click it, and click Copy.
6. Go back to the Album section in Windows Media Player, Right-click the album art placeholder, and Paste the copied album art.
7. Alternatively, you can select the album art image and drag it on to the album art placeholder in Windows Media player.
How to add album art in Groove Music
As in Windows Media Player, adding album art to Groove music is a simple process.
1. In the Search box, type in Groove Music and click the result.
2. If the Search box is hidden, open the Start Menu and then type in Groove Music and click the result.
3. Locate the album to which you want to add or change an album art image.
4. Right-click the album and select Edit Info.
5. In the resulting Album info window, click the album art placeholder.
6. Then, navigate to the location of the album art image, select it, and click Open to add it to the album.
7. Then, click Save.
8. After adding the album art, the new image should be displayed in the Album section in Groove Music.
Video guide on how to Add Album Art to MP3 music files in Windows 10