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Any tweak to determine which album arts display in waterfall?

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  • Hi, I love Windows Media Center, I use it everyday.  It's one thing Microsoft has created that is BRILLIANT and I wish you would develop it more.  Anyways, I have religiously tagged all my ALBUMS to be as I want them.  When I play them, I get that lovely background of all my album arts slowly tracking downwards as the waterfall wallpaper.

    BACKGROUND:
    The other day, I decided to add all my SINGLES to my Music Library.  I added them with the performer's name as the Artist and Album Artist tag and ~Singles~ for the Album tag.  Media Player/Center created a separate ~Singles~ tile for each artist.  That was too much, it was clogging my browsing.  I changed Album Artist to ~SinglesArtists~.  That helped, but if the album art differed, it still tended to create separate tiles.  So I embedded the same album art (an image that said "Singles") into all 1200 files.  That worked.  One tile for all 1200 songs under Artist or Album.

    PROBLEM:
    When I went to play anything, the album art background waterfall becomes mostly that Singles image.  Yes, I have 1200 singles files, but I also have about as many album files as well.  But nope, instead of that beautiful, colourful mishmash of all my albums, it was 80% this Singles image.

    I removed the Singles folder from my Music library for now, and thankfully, the Singles album art immediately disappeared, it's back to just albums.

    I would like to have all my singles in the Media Center library, because it would be nice to browse and listen to them via remote control.

    I wish there was a toggle for each folder included in the Music library:  Show album art in Waterfall or not.  I have no idea how to proceed.  Any ideas?  First world problem. 
    Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:56 AM

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  • Wow, you are quite brilliant, Tim!  I didn't do quite what you said but I DID remove the album art for all 1000 singles files via MP3 tag. 

    No more image of that "Singles" album art in the cascading waterfall.  I got what I wanted.  Thanks, Tim.

    It's as simple as that: if there is no album art associated with a file, it doesn't show in the cascading waterfall.  So obvious.


    • Edited by NetBoySteve Monday, September 16, 2013 5:44 AM
    • Marked as answer by NetBoySteve Monday, September 16, 2013 5:44 AM
    Monday, September 16, 2013 4:53 AM

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  • The common way to tag singles is to just leave the Album and Album Artist tags empty. Does that help?


    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk

    Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:22 PM
  • Wow, you are quite brilliant, Tim!  I didn't do quite what you said but I DID remove the album art for all 1000 singles files via MP3 tag. 

    No more image of that "Singles" album art in the cascading waterfall.  I got what I wanted.  Thanks, Tim.

    It's as simple as that: if there is no album art associated with a file, it doesn't show in the cascading waterfall.  So obvious.


    • Edited by NetBoySteve Monday, September 16, 2013 5:44 AM
    • Marked as answer by NetBoySteve Monday, September 16, 2013 5:44 AM
    Monday, September 16, 2013 4:53 AM
  • I would like to add... since I've added all these singles to my library, WMP/WMC has added its own album for many but not all singles.  This is nice, why not?  It's a song in my library and it's nice to see, helps to identify and personalize the song.  And these show up nicely in the Now Playing view.  Not sure why some but not all.  It's also difficult to tell if it's been added to the FILE or just to the WM database.  Viewing in Explorer is no guarantee. The only way to know if a file has album art embedded is to open in MP3 Tag or the like, I think.

    Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:19 PM
  • The album art that gets added automatically by WMP comes from album info lookups in the online AMG (All Music Guide) database. There's no guarantee that all songs are found in this database, which is why some songs still remain without album art.

    As far as I know, WMP never embeds album art from automatic lookups directly in the file. This art only gets added as hidden JPG files in the music folders.


    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk

    Sunday, September 29, 2013 3:42 PM