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ItsTheDutchGuy

MP3 cover art in non-album files

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ItsTheDutchGuy

So I've gotten the Mediabrowser server up and running, and am generally very happy about how it deals with my movies and tv shows. MP3 albums are done pretty well, too... but when I started working on getting all the singles tracks (various tracks by various artists, not part of any album) I notice things are... quirky.

 

For example: I added the Album Blue is the Color by The Beautiful South, and it added correctly, showing the right cover art and everything. Then, I added a bunch of separate tracks, also by The Beautiful South, and each track has, in the ID3 information, Artist and Title set, as well as cover-art.

 

However, when loaded into the music folder used by Emby/MediaBrowser, it shows the same cover art for all non-album tracks - which happens to be the cover art used by the first track in a standard alphabetical listing (a track called 36D).

 

This is what it looks like in the Mediabrowser (where "36D" is listed behind the tracks starting with a letter, for some reason):

 

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And here's an example of one of the tracks' actual cover art as shown in my tagging tool:

 

5516f7b874632_rightcover.jpg

 

Folder structure is simple (and kept to the standard for albums):

 

Z:\mb\music\artist name\album folder\album tracks

Z:\mb\music\artist name\separate tracks

 

But what do I need to do to have each separate non-album track display the correct (so each track's own) cover? Is my folder structure incorrect? Is there even a procedure programmed for non-album tracks (because all references I see in Mediabrowser's tutorials [and also in Kodi, which I use as a front-end in our seating area] assume everyone only has music albums, it seems like. :(

 

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Luke

try setting the album tag for each song, then using the metadata manger to refresh and replace images. 

 

if they all have the same album + artist value then they'll all get the same image. it's an optimization to avoid extracting images out of every single song in your library. also, if the folder has a an image then that is used.

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ItsTheDutchGuy

Thanks for the speedy reply... but that's a bit of a nightmare. I have well over 3000 music files total, and having to manually edit their metadata is a gargantuan task.

 

I figured I'd just start with one band, to see how the result overall might turn out, but my collection ain't small enough for that.

 

Also, I just now noticed that under Album Artists, the band is still listed... with the actual cover art from one of the "loose" tracks (!!!), showing the correct amount of total tracks.

 

5516fd20e8e10_albumartist.jpg

 

However, when I click through, I see no album at all, just all the songs (including those on the single actual album)... still with the single image.

 

is there no way to force the image extraction? (I'll live with the load on the system if that's what it takes, even if it means having it simply run overnight.)

 

5516fd2f90db9_waitwhatnoalbum.jpg

 

And under Albums, it now shows that same cover, no album title:

 

5516fdc5739d8_albumcover.jpg

 

When I click there, it shows me the same list of songs, only now the ones from the album are listed at the top!

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Luke

there currently is no way to skip that optimization and just force an extract for every track. i'm not against having a setting for that, but we just don't have it at the moment.

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ItsTheDutchGuy

Then consider it a feature request for future versions. :-) (After all, I can't be the only one with a large music collection scraped together from anywhere, right?)

 

I'll find another solution in the meantime.

 

Thanks!

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