Music Cache / Refreshing Artwork
I've recently gone through the trouble of manually embedding album artwork into about 400 mp3s to store on my Incredible. I used the same method for all of these files and 99% of them successfully displayed when I transferred them. However, I somehow forgot to do 2 songs on one album, and I guess the player couldn't distinguish between the songs with and without artwork for this particular album and decided not to give any of the songs artwork (Everything is stored in a Music\Artist\Album folder structure).
My question is this: Is there a way to tell the music player to refresh the album artwork for a particular album, or is there a way to clear the cache for this sort of thing? Because it appears no matter how many times I remove and reload the songs for the entire album, delete the folders, try a new artwork image, etc. it always remembers the album and its previous association of having no artwork.
I have completely deleted the entire albumthumbs folder located in \emmc and this did successfully remove all album artwork for all of my songs and forced the media player to reload them when I started it up. However, this same album still gets no artwork associated with it each time. Is there something I'm missing somewhere else?
Interesting side note: I found somewhat of a workaround, or so I thought. By placing this album in the root Music directory instead of within the same Music\Artist\Album folder, I was able to get the music player to pick up that these were new files and it successfully associated the artwork! I then moved the files back into the album folder where they belong and the artwork still stayed attached to the files. Hooray, victory right? Not quite.
For some reason, my one playlist which contains the songs from this album, no longer shows the songs in the playlist. However, the songs are still playable through albums, artists, or songs, and the .m3u playlist file still contains the correct path for these files. So, I thought, let me try rebooting my phone to refresh that playlist. Once I did this, not only were the songs still not playable via the playlist, but the artwork reverted back to nothing!
While I'm fairly certain reloading the artwork the same way and creating a new playlist file will work, just thought that was something interesting to point out. There definitely seems to be some sort of cache hidden somewhere, but I have yet to find it.
Seems like I'm talking to myself here now lol, but I would just like to add I noticed that when I import a playlist via uploading an .m3u file, the player seems to take that information and create it's own version of the playlist elsewhere. As you can see in my previous post, I removed and re-added songs, but the playlist got screwed up. I then decided to remove the .m3u completely and noticed the playlist is still in tact on the device and that after the initial transfer of an .m3u, the file itself is no longer necessary.
Still trying to find out where all of this data is stored however, would be nice to know for future reference if it's even possible to access it.
Ok, really frustrated with this now. Every time I seem to make progress, it gets spit back in my face. I successfully added the album artwork back into the songs and manually re-added those songs to my playlist and everything was just the way I wanted.
However, upon rebooting my phone, the album once again had no artwork and was no longer in the playlist. Funny thing is, the first time I added music to my phone with a smaller playlist I was unaware of needing artwork in the tags to get it to show up, so like 5/60 songs had artwork and the rest didn't, but when I redid those I've had no problems since - it's just this one F-ing album! I decided I had enough and tried everything to reset the data, here's what I did:
1. Deleted all music from the device
2. Deleted all thumbnails from the albumthumbs folder
3. Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> Music -> Clear Data
4. Uninstalled doubleTwist (I noticed it had some music database files associated with it)
5. Deleted the remaining files from doubleTwist after uninstallation
6. Deleted album artwork on PC and chose a new image to embed
7. Renamed the album within the ID3 tag
8. Renamed the filename of each mp3
9. Rebooted the device
10. Re-added music to device
Now in the past when I cleared the albumthumbs folder, the music player would take a minute to reload all of the thumbnails, but pretty much everything had one without having to be loaded into the player. This time, most songs showed up as the default music note icon until I loaded them up. Seems like significant progress as I must have deleted out the cache I have been looking for, so I figured I had succeeded.
But once I got everything loaded, the SAME album had no artwork. Strangely enough, with a bit of tedious browsing through the albumthumbs folder, I noticed that this album's artwork DOES have a thumbnail stored and is the correct artwork, however it just doesn't show in the player no matter what I do! (unless I manually delete, re-add to a different folder, move back into place, and reupdate my playlist every time I boot my phone which is ridiculous)
Last edited by XideXL; 07-16-2010 at 01:28 PM.
Yay, solution found on my own! Feel kinda stupid for not finding this right away, but it seems the folder name is they key factor in causing this problem, as when I renamed the folder after clearing the thumbnails, etc. and rebooted, everything is fixed. Still very odd as I've had other files with no artwork and updated them without this problem and I'm fairly certain that piece of data linking that folder name to empty artwork, probably along with many others, is still looming on the device clogging it up
- 07-16-2010, 10:34 PM #6
Ok man you lost me. I'm trying to freaking get artwork for all my music as well. I've wasted my whole night trying to get the artwork to actually show up. To make matters worse, most of the apps on the market that do this for me don't work for the Incredible. How do you embed or get the stock music player to recognize the thumbnails?
Did you use some sort of program to do all of this?
Also, mind summing up that huge explanation of how you went about doing this with just a step to step method? Thanks!
- 07-16-2010, 11:31 PM #8
I am currently using a different program to embed music at the moment due to me starting before you replied lol. I'm using Mp3Tag (LOL Edit... So tired I didn't notice that I was using the same program).
What do I do after I'm done embedding all the artwork? How do you set up the files and folders on the SD card?
Last edited by Krzr93; 07-17-2010 at 12:10 AM.
- 07-17-2010, 12:12 AM #10
I personally used the doubleTwist PC app simply for the fact that it automatically creates a .m3u playlist file when you drag and drop a playlist to the device through their software. This way I don't have to create my own playlists. (I first put the playlists in iTunes and then pulled them into doubleTwist from there, but not sure if that's really necessary)
- 07-17-2010, 12:16 AM #12
Last edited by Krzr93; 07-17-2010 at 12:23 AM.
Most artwork wont show up til you play it once in the player. When you load up a song, the artwork should appear along with the artwork for the songs above/below (left/right). If it still doesn't show, double check on a PC that the artwork actually is in the file. This is where I ran into my problem. I missed a couple songs and had to add the artwork, but once I did that and put it back on my phone, it still wasn't showing so I ended up having to change the folder name that the songs were located in to get it to show up.
As for the playlists, no. DoubeTwist actually automatically sorts the music when you upload it into an Artist/Album folder structure (based on tag info) which is another reason I used it (since I moved everything from this type of structure to a single folder to get artwork). I have multiple artists and albums on single playlists, but doubleTwist takes care of all the sorting for me.
- 07-17-2010, 12:31 AM #14
Lol shoot I was troubleshooting the problem and read somewhere that you transferred yours files to the root folder. Well I'm currently doing that and now waiting 10 minutes for something useless haha. Plus it's a 10 min transfer back to the first folder I had it in.
Ok so I'm going to try to play each song to see if it kicks in the artwork that way. I will post back results probably later.. Due to it being 1:30 am here...
- 07-17-2010, 12:49 AM #15
- 07-17-2010, 08:17 AM #17
Also I was thinking about the whole artwork problem I'm having so I thought that maybe the artwork album name needs to match the album name exactly in order for the Incredible to notice it is there.
Last edited by Krzr93; 07-17-2010 at 08:20 AM.
- 07-17-2010, 10:08 AM #19
OK so I think I finally figured it out. I decided to start organizing my music into this:
music/artist/album (Just like you did I think)
As far as I can tell, all of the albums I have organized so far now have artwork showing up. I will update back later on the results. Still have a lot of organizing to do...
Yep, that's how I have mine. Again, I would recommend doubleTwist as it creates those folders for you and organizes accordingly all from the tag info, saved me a whole lot of time. Only downside, for me at least since I store on the phone itself, is that you can't tell it whether you want to store on the phone or SD card, it's just whichever pops up first (most of the time it's the SD card). Either way, glad you got it working. Good luck with the rest!
Last edited by XideXL; 07-17-2010 at 11:31 AM.
- 07-17-2010, 12:02 PM #21
1. Download mp3tag. (Link on first page).
2. Click on a song you want to add artwork to in mp3tag.
3. Go to google images and put it sized requirement EXACTLY 300x300.
4. Click on picture, click again to get the full sized view of it.
5. Right click and push save as.
6. Place somewhere easy to access. (all artwork should go into similar folder for easy organization.
7. In mp3tag, right click box on the bottom left and click "add cover".
8. Find the artwork you downloaded and it should load it up.
9. Click save up on top (or else you the artwork won't show up)
10. Once you have added all the artwork you wanted, organize the files this way: Music/Artist/Album
11. After done organizing transfer the whole music folder to the SD card.
Basically in case someone else is wondering how to do this.
I found the artwork album finder program I mentioned in the first page to be a useful aid in this process, as it auto searches for you and displays multiple images from different sources, including google images. Saved me the time of typing in each album name, clicking the link, clicking the pic, saving the image and opening it up, etc. Just copy-paste from the artwork finder to mp3tag and move on to the next one. Though I guess if you specifically want 300x300 you might have an easier time with your method, but I used all different sizes and they all show. To each his own though I guess
- 10-31-2011, 11:31 PM #23
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Re: Music Cache / Refreshing Artwork
So the fix for the album artwork problem where music apps show old album artwork even after you've updated it and replaced the music files is to clear the media storage.
Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> All (tab) -> Media Storage -> Clear data
Then either restart your phone or plug and unplug your usb connection to your computer. Either one forces a re-scan of your media folders. This re-scan will take a little longer than a typical scan. Wait until it's done and then when you go into your music apps the newly updated artwork should appear correctly.
- 11-02-2011, 01:19 AM #24
- 11-02-2011, 11:16 AM #25
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Re: Music Cache / Refreshing Artwork
I'm not sure about embedding the artwork but I use an app called Cover Art Downloader. Free version on the market and its not just a trial...its free free. Very useful to me because every time you jump from one ROM to another your album art gets all screwy.
There are some albums that it says it can't find but it usually happens when an album has an title, for example Led Zepplin's album BBC sessions is just titled "BBC Sessions (CD1)". It always says it can't find it but if you do a manual search and edit the title to just "BBC Sessions" it will pull up a bunch of options and *poof* there it is.
Give it a try...it may not be perfect but its free.
Edit: HA! Just realized this thread it ancient...disregard advice to a year and a half old problem
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