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How to download MP3 album art?


Many people use portable players or listen to MP3 music while working. There are several nice things about MP3 format: music files are pretty small and can be played virtually everywhere. They also can contain all necessary information about the songs: title, artist, album, year of publishing, lyrics, album art, and other fields of ID3 tags.

Album art can be saved as a separate file for each album (usually it is "folder.jpg", sometimes the file can be hidden). In such case, if a file is moved or copied from the folder to another location (for example, when creating a compilation), it will be no more associated with the album cover, and so no picture will be shown anymore when playing the file.

Another option is to save album art inside each MP3 file. MP3 format has a special picture tag field for this purpose.

You can download MP3 album art using mp3Tag Pro.

Step 1: Download and install the program.

Download mp3Tag Pro to a known location. Run setup and follow on-screen instructions to install the application.

Step 2: Start the program. Select MP3 files.

Launch mp3Tag Pro. Its main window will be shown.

Select MP3 files

Navigate to the folder where your MP3 files are stored. You can type the path directly into the field in the upper part of the window, or use the "Browse" button on the right. If needed, press "Scan subfolders" button.

Select all files that you want to supply with cover art. Check if the "Artist" and "Album" fields are not empty. mp3Tag Pro can also search for "Title" and "Artist", or any other combination of the fields, but more information means better chances to get correct results. If you know the album's name, but the field is empty, you can simply select all files, enter the name into the corresponding field, and click "Save".

Step 3: Download and save album art.

Once the files are selected, click "Download cover" button on the toolbar. If you see no album art area, press "Ctrl" + "P".

Download cover art for the selected MP3 files

The program will ask you if you really want to download and save pictures for all files.

Confirm automatic downloading and saving

Click "Yes" to continue. mp3Tag Pro will start searching and downloading cover art. The pictures will be saved inside selected MP3 files automatically.

Picture was successfully downloaded and saved in MP3 file

You can use the above method on files from different albums at once (just select as many files as you wish).

The trial version of mp3Tag Pro adds a small logo "Trial version of mp3Tag Pro" to all downloaded pictures. If you like the features, you can register the program and remove this restriction.

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