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How to stop Windows from generating random album art files

  1. #1


    New York
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1

    How to stop Windows from generating random album art files


    Hi,

    I've had this problem for a while now. Windows or some other program on my computer automatically creates hidden files containing album art or song art in my music folders such as "Folder.jpg" or "AlbumArtSmall.jpg". I'm looking for a way to make this random generating stop because it's messing up my music library in Zune. I use MP3Tag and iTunes to apply song art manually to my songs, but the picture files that appear in the folders replace the song art that I added myself and it messes everything up.
    In attempt to fix the issue I disabled all of the automatic album art downloading in "Tools > Options > Library" in Windows Media Player (just in case it was causing the problem) but still nothing. I tried deleting these files but they just come back again after a while. Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi there and welcome to Eight Forums,

    If I understand you correctly you don't want the music art to be automatically downloaded. I've checked Windows Media Player and it seems that you have to disable multiple options!

    Here is a list of the options you will want to disable in order to achieve your goal. I translated it from Dutch, so in English it may have a slightly different name.

    All these options are under "Tools ==> Options". Below I'm directly reffering to the tabs there.

    • Media Library ==> disable the setting "download additional info from the i-net";
    • Privacy ==> disable the first two items from the first set of tickboxes. "Show the media items" and "Download the media items";



    This should do it. Please try it and let me know it the problem is solved or not.

    Greetz,

    Rover


    ps. If you don't use Windows Media Player and are never going to use it, you can always disable/uninstall Windows Media Player. Search for "add/ remove windows features" or something like that in Start to change these settings.
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  3. #3


    New York
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Hi there and welcome to Eight Forums,

    If I understand you correctly you don't want the music art to be automatically downloaded. I've checked Windows Media Player and it seems that you have to disable multiple options!

    Here is a list of the options you will want to disable in order to achieve your goal. I translated it from Dutch, so in English it may have a slightly different name.

    All these options are under "Tools ==> Options". Below I'm directly reffering to the tabs there.

    • Media Library ==> disable the setting "download additional info from the i-net";
    • Privacy ==> disable the first two items from the first set of tickboxes. "Show the media items" and "Download the media items";



    This should do it. Please try it and let me know it the problem is solved or not.

    Greetz,

    Rover


    ps. If you don't use Windows Media Player and are never going to use it, you can always disable/uninstall Windows Media Player. Search for "add/ remove windows features" or something like that in Start to change these settings.
    I already disabled those settings and even restarted the PC but it still generated Folder.jpg files in my various music folders, even if the picture had nothing to do with the music in the folder..
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  4. #4


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hmmmm, are you sure it's Windows Media Player who is responsible for the creation of the album art in the folder? Now I think about it. A long time ago I had a Philips musicplayer which required specific software to be installed. And that software ruined the excisting album art in the folder.

    Do you have any other music related software installed onto your pc? If so, it might be a good idea to check the settings of those pieces of software.

    Greetz,

    Rover
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  5. #5


    New York
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Hmmmm, are you sure it's Windows Media Player who is responsible for the creation of the album art in the folder? Now I think about it. A long time ago I had a Philips musicplayer which required specific software to be installed. And that software ruined the excisting album art in the folder.

    Do you have any other music related software installed onto your pc? If so, it might be a good idea to check the settings of those pieces of software.

    Greetz,

    Rover
    Well I was trying a few things and I discovered that when I close Zune (the program that I use to listen to my music library), delete all of the image files from my music folder and then reopen Zune, 47 of them reappear/recreate themselves. I tried deleting those too and restarting Zune but it makes 47 again. So I looked through Zune's settings and found the check box that indicates "Automatically retrieve and update album art and metadata" under Settings > Metadata, but it was already unchecked so I figured that the automatic album art should not be coming back but it still is despite the fact that Zune was instructed not to do what it's doing. Maybe the random images aren't from the Internet but are just generated by Windows..? I'm not sure..
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    as I found out just the other day a lot a mp3 files can have the album are imbedded into them ,that could have something to do with it also
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  7. #7


    New York
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Well I'm actually trying to embed the art into the song file. Instead of having a bunch of annoying image files around, I wanted to add ID3 tags to my music files which have album art and other information embedded. However, Zune is generating non-ID3 files for various albums called "Folder.jpg" and they are not embedded, they are separate files.
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  8. #8


    Just found this. Seems to work.

    A hack from a forum

    if you add the below values it appears that WMP will NOT generate or resize new folder.jpg OR AlbumArtSmall.jpg files. IF folder.jpg (or AlbumArtSmall) already exist(s), it does not resize it but merely sets the HIDDEN and SYSTEM attributes. so if you have a folder.jpg and/or an albumartsmall.jpg file at 1500x1500, it will leave them alone (except for hiding them...).

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
    "LargeAlbumArtSize"=dword:ffffffff
    "SmallAlbumArtSize"=dword:ffffffff
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  9. #9


    New York
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Chazc View Post
    Just found this. Seems to work.

    A hack from a forum

    if you add the below values it appears that WMP will NOT generate or resize new folder.jpg OR AlbumArtSmall.jpg files. IF folder.jpg (or AlbumArtSmall) already exist(s), it does not resize it but merely sets the HIDDEN and SYSTEM attributes. so if you have a folder.jpg and/or an albumartsmall.jpg file at 1500x1500, it will leave them alone (except for hiding them...).

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
    "LargeAlbumArtSize"=dword:ffffffff
    "SmallAlbumArtSize"=dword:ffffffff
    Thanks this seems to work for Windows Media Player and that's great but I don't use WMP. Would you or someone else know how make the same happen for Zune? That would help A LOT.
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  10. #10


    Sorry. Can't find anything similar for Zune. I'll keep looking out for a fix and post back here if I find something.
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