How to Add Cover Art to MP3 Metadata

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An MP3's metadata stores extra, non-audio information about the file. Metadata can contain the artist and album names, the year of release, the genre of music and a picture of the album's cover art. Once you add the cover art to an MP3's metadata, the artwork appears on your computer's screen whenever you play the MP3 in a media program. Use Windows Media Player to add cover art in the JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG or TIFF formats to the MP3s in your collection.

  • Open the Start menu and click "Computer." Navigate to the folder containing the cover art file that you want to embed in the MP3's metadata. Right-click the cover art file and select "Copy."

  • Launch Windows Media Player. Click "Library," then click "Music."

  • Click "Artist" or "Album." Scroll to the album to which you want to add the cover art.

  • Right-click the album's cover icon. Click "Paste album art" to embed the cover art into the MP3.

Tips & Warnings

  • If Windows Media Player doesn't let you add the cover art to an MP3, ensure that the file's permissions are not set to "Read-Only."



  • Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images
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