+1 to that. It’d help me too if someone would post a summary of what specs both embedded and folder art needs to be to display properly on the Fuze (using FLAC and perhaps also mp3).
I’ve been a happy Fuze user for 6 months now, and so far only play FLAC files (which sound sooo sweet!!! ). But when it comes to album art my Fuze is definitely temperamental. I’ve been using v2.2.26 firmware and couldn’t figure out why some art wasn’t displaying when similar sized art worked for other albums. I’ve recently updated to the latest firmware (v2.3.31), and haven’t gotten around to detailed comparisons (again - sigh) to try to track down the cause and fix. However so far playing only FLAC files tagged using MP3TAG I’ve got all of my art embedded in the FLAC files showing properly, but only some of the art showing in the album list menu. Not a big issue for me as I mostly use the folder menu but it would be nice to fix this too.
If it’s any help, this is how I do my art at present (after much trial and error with the earlier firmware). I use Windows XP and rip my own CDs to FLAC keeping each music album in a separate folder as separate FLAC files. I download the best looking jpeg/jpg scans for the covers using a Google image search or album art website, then crop/resize the pictures till they are pixel perfect squares using Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2003 or Photoshop Elements 5 (saving in photoshop as jpeg or jpg using baseline spec and no more than “10” quality). I then rename any jpeg files to jpg, and use Microsoft powertools image resizer to resize the jpg image to 500x500 pixels, even if it is already 500x500 (as the resize seems to often shirk the file size a little without changing the image quality noticeably). I rename the end result “folder.jpg”, and keep it in the folder containing the FLAC album concerned. I then embedded the art in each individual FLAC file using MP3TAG. Again - this seems to get all of the art displaying while the songs are playing, but strangely not all of it displays in the album list. All of the art files end up less than 100kb.
I would guess it must be something to do with the properties of the original image files and / or the Fuze has different requirements for the now playing song than for the album list. But this is as far as I’ve got with this.