04-11-2009 11:45 AM
I use MP3Tag. I have a Sansa Fuze.
04-13-2009 03:07 PM
When you copy the image to the clipboard it's actually an uncompressed bitmap. After you paste it into MP3Tag, it will be converted to a JPG. However, MP3Tag may not be using the same compression settings as the original file so you can end up with a different size.
04-17-2009 06:51 PM
Ah ha!!! Thanks for explaining!!!!
It's a royal pain, however, going through tens of thousands of files, looking for the really HUGE JPGs that won't show up on my Fuze or my wife's iPod. Too bad these taggers don't shrink things down to a predetermined size.
04-17-2009 07:35 PM - edited 04-17-2009 07:37 PM
What size must the album art be to display? Most of mine are 800x800 and around 120kb in size. Some display, some dont. For example Death's - Spiritual Healing displays and its 500x500 and 211kb, but Dark Tranquillity's - Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night is at 800x800 and 127kb but doesnt display.
Im using MP3Tag with WMA 9.2 files.
Message Edited by agalloch on 04-17-2009 07:37 PM
04-17-2009 07:43 PM
Not a pain at all if you use a little program called Easy Thumbnails
You can shrink any jpg file to a size of your choice and can even search your entire hard drive for files if you so desire.
"Before I sink into the big sleep...I want to hear the scream of the Butterfly"
04-19-2009 07:03 AM
800x800 is WAAAAY too big. Use what you find online at Amazon or Wikipedia: 240x240 and 200x200. Save the images to your hard drive, then add them to your media later with MP3Tag—they'll be tiny, and will display in your players.
My best guess is around 50KB for a maximum display size on the Fuze (but I've not really tested it or anything). Tagged images should easily weigh in at less than 20KB.
04-22-2009 02:12 PM
All of my album art is 400 x 400 and the Fuze displays them fine. There are isolated ones that dont, but I think it might be due to other issues. Resolution is not the issue though. I have tested album art at 500 x 500, and it displayed as well.
I dont know if it is just a coincidence, but I always have issues if I change tags with Vista, even with the same program. I used the exact same copy of Media Monkey on both Vista and XP machines...when tagged from the XP machine, the album art displays in the Fuze. When tagged from the Vista machines, it doesnt.
05-25-2009 06:21 PM - edited 05-25-2009 06:23 PM
Yeah, I think we had figured that out. It's all about memory footprint: once you pass a certain number of kilobytes, images won't show up. This affects the iPod, too. My guess is a limit of around 30-40Kb.
But there is no good reason to have 400x400 or 500x500 pixel images--nothing on the market can display album art that large. It all gets scaled down, so you're just wasting RAM. Between 160x160 and 200x200 is a reasonable range.
I'm actually going through my entire library and fixing the album art. It is a pain in the ass. Better to pay attention while you're doing your tagging in the first place!!!
I am also adding a folder.jpg image to every folder containing a complete album; don't know that I'll ever actually need it (the images are already included in the MP3 tags), but what the heck.
Message Edited by G33Z3R on 05-25-2009 06:23 PM