Does App use the embedded artwork in mp4 files?

Asked by Christopher Clark on 2015-05-12


I moved my music from itunes in mp4 format, most of my collection is missing album artwork despite it being embedded in the mp4 files itself. It is not clear to me why some albums display an image but most don't. For example Blur '13' has the correct artwrok, whereas Blur 'Parklife' does not. Any ideas?


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Victor Thompson (vthompson) said : #1

Hi Christopher! For instances where there might not be embedded artwork, the service the app uses does an online lookup of Artist and Album name. I can confirm that Blur's Parklife should work. Is the metadata for your music not set properly?

Hi Victor

Thanks for the feedback, all my music was tagged by iTunes , who know is this is correct or not?

Interestingly I've just looked at Blur albums today and Parklife is now displaying artwork. Bit of mystery to me!

I will try and have a detailed look tonight, I'll use Easytag on my Ubuntu laptop to see what artwork the files have. Is there anywhere tht explains how the music app looks for artwork before going online, eg can it use jpegs in the album folder?


Best Victor Thompson (vthompson) said : #3


Currently the artwork can only be seen when 1) it is embedded in the file, or 2) it is available via an online lookup of the metadata. However, there is a bug/feature request in progress to look for album artwork in the current directory [1].

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Thank Victor

Thanks for the explanation, it has really helped. Had a good look at the tags for my Blur albums tonight and found a number of missing artworks. Corrected this using EasyTag and confirmed that the Music App is working correctly.


Thanks Victor Thompson, that solved my question.

Victor Thompson (vthompson) said : #6

You're very welcome, Chris!