Winamp Album Art

Posted : admin On 1/29/2022

Items you will need

  • Winamp 5.56

  • Music file

  • Album picture

Winamp is a free media player with features such as support for various audio formats--MP3, AU, AAC--and video formats--MMV, MPEG, AVI. You can also use it to host an Internet radio program.

Winamp displays album cover art as a song plays. However, sometimes music doesn't have an album cover, or it isn't registered with the album cover. There are a couple different ways to access and edit album cover art.

Album Art Viewer. Album Art Viewer plug-in which adds an album art window (mainly) for classic skins for those people wanting a separate album art view instead of one integrated into the media library or certain Modern skins. Originally started by Will Fisher. Enhancer DSP Wrapper. One of the most popular DSP plug-ins for Winamp over the years.

  1. It you have used the latest version of Windows Media Player than you must have seen the media library in which the audio and video are shown as an album art. You can select your media based on this album art. Now you can also add this functionality to Winamp using a.
  2. Windows Media Player (WMP) is a case in point — it displays album art at a reduced size and there’s no setting I could find to get it to display it at full size. However, I was able to find a forum post (see the 06 August 2012 entry) that tells you how to change the Windows Registry to force WMP to display album art at full size.
  3. I can't see any thumbnails in MP3 files (the folder art is visibile,though) anymore, only the file icons.The MP3 songs are already tagged, because when I open them with an editor like MP3 tag editor or a media player such as Winamp or Windows Media Player 12, the album art for all the MP3 songs is visible,but it's not in Windows Explorer.
  4. Album Artist tags should be applied for all compilations that have different track artists. Otherwise, some music players will list each track artist and album name as a separate album. For these tracks, set the Album Artist to something like 'Various Artists' (or whatever is appropriate in your language) and apply this title consistently.

Accessing and Editing Winamp Album Art

Open Winamp and load a music file by either clicking the 'Add' button in the lower left corner of the Playlist Editor or clicking on 'File,' then 'Play File' on your Winamp player.

Open your Media Library. Click on 'View', then 'Media Library.' A window will pop up that you can move to the bottom of your player or wherever you like

Click 'File' on the Media Library window then 'Add Media Library' if you have no music. Go to the music files that are on your computer, click the folder, then click 'Add.' You may have to do this multiple times if you have music files in separate folders.

Double click on the music files in your Media Library. The song will display album art, if there is any, and song information. If there's no art, highlight the song by clicking on it in the Playlist Editor, right click, then 'View File Info'--you can also use the shortcut Alt+3.

Click on the 'Artwork' tab. Search for a cover by clicking 'Download Artwork', then 'Search.' If there's no art then click the 'Load Artwork' button.

Browse your files for the image, open the file, then click 'OK.'

Close and reopen the Media Library to see the changes or right click the image placeholder and click 'Refresh Album Art.'


A shortcut to search for album art via your Media Library: Right click on the llama placeholder, and then 'Get Album Art'--this will only search for art, not upload it. Also, you can copy the image to your clipboard from the Internet, right click the placeholder, then 'Open Folder'. Then you can paste the image into the album folder.

Another shortcut is to browse to where the cover art is on your computer, copy the file, then paste the file into the folder where the music is. Make sure you name the file cover.jpg so it will recognize the image.

Winamp Album Art


Winamp still does not show album art in streaming music. Only when playing individual files.

Writer Bio

Jacob Workman began writing in 1993. He's written for national music magazines such as '7 Ball' and 'Release' as well as trade journals, graphic novels and newspapers including 'Toledo Journal,' 'Toledo Free Press' and 'Spectrum.' He has over 10 years experience as a music producer and over seven years as a radio deejay. Workman attended Owens Community College.

October 12, 2010 in tags by Dan Gravell

'Album Artist' tags are stored inside mp3s and other music files. They denote the artist for a musical release, as distinct from artists for the tracks that constitute a release.

That sounds like a technicality, so when do Album Artist tags become useful? Consider compilation albums. Each track in a compilation album may have a different artist, but the album as a whole should be viewed as a 'Various Artists' album. Therefore, we can tag the album with an 'Album Artist' tag of 'Various Artists'.

This gives us a lot of flexibility; we can find all songs by a given artist whether on dedicated albums by that artist or as tracks on compilation albums. We can also find albums whose Album Artist tag is 'Various artists', which would give us all compilation albums. Using Album Artist tags makes our music collection more navigable.

Your music player and the Album Artist tag

All this would be for naught if your music player of choice doesn't support Album Artist tags. Most do, but there are differences between them. Recall that Album Artist is a 'tag' written into a music file. These 'tags' are name value pairs similar to 'albumname=Thriller'. The name of the tags change depending on the player and the music file format. Here's a table of the tag field names that each music player reads from/writes to when concerned with Album Artist.

ID3 v2 (MP3)Vorbis Comment (FLAC and OGG)
iTunesTPE2[not supported]
Windows Media PlayerTPE2[not supported]
Since version 1.1.6. Before, ALBUM ARTIST was used.

Get Album Artwork Mp3

So it's not simple. Different file formats such as MP3 and FLAC store Album Artist in different ways, and even for a given format different players can work differently. Foobar's support for MP3, for instance, writes to the 'ALBUM ARTIST' field while others write to the TPE2 field. Using the TPE2 field is arguably incorrect, because the TPE2 field was created to hold the performing band information. The source of some of these differences lie in the ambiguities arising from music tagging. While specifications exist for music tagging, they are not treated as 'de jure' formal specifications that must be abided. Rather, 'de facto' trends in tagging emerge which are backed one way or the other by the music players. Album Artist is an example of this. Music collectors and music software writers realised there was a need for a tag like Album Artist. Unfortunately, no de jure specifications define it. It was down to the software writers and the collectors themselves to define it in a de facto manner.

Now, the ambiguities of music tagging could have its own blog post (or nine!) so I'll leave it there for now. Suffice to say, the upshot for us as music fans, is that all this gives us a headache when we want to change music players. What's right for one player is not necessarily right for another.

How to use the Album Artist tag

Album Artist tags should be applied for all compilations that have different track artists. Otherwise, some music players will list each track artist and album name as a separate album. For these tracks, set the Album Artist to something like 'Various Artists' (or whatever is appropriate in your language) and apply this title consistently.

It's important that the album artist tag is kept the same for all tracks on an album. If there are even minor differences some music players will treat the two variations as different albums, and separate the tracks therein each album. That's little better than having normal track artists!

The best way to change these tags is to use a music tagger or use your music player. You will have to select all the tracks for a given album and find the option to change the Album Artist for all tracks. If using MP3 tagging software, refer to the table above to decide which tags names to set. Your tagger may obfuscate the underlying tag name that is being written to. If this is the case, you may have to do a little more research to ensure the tag name is correct.

Once the tagging is complete, typically you must tell your music player to 'rescan'. This makes the music player re-read your music files, picking up the change in Album Artist you applied earlier.

This is a lot of manual work, and it's something that needs to be done again and again as you add music. This is another area where a rule based music manager is useful.

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I hope this advice makes your music collection easier to navigate!

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Thanks to °Simo° and greencandy8888 for the images above.

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