Many portable media players and software players support album cover art which is displayed when a song is played from within the player. Most players unfortunately do not have a feature that automatically searches for and downloads album cover art for the albums that you have stored on your computer. One of the tools that can help you if you like to have album cover art displayed is Album Cover Art Downloader.
Album Cover Art Downloader can be downloaded for Windows, various Linux distributions and as a source code if you want to compile it for yourself. It displays a list of albums that are stored on your computer and offers the functionality to search for album art for those albums online. It searches Amazon, Buy.com, Yahoo and Walmart for images and displays them in a sidebar. You may pick the best image that fits and it will be automatically downloaded and added to all mp3 files that belong to that album.
Update: The program has been discontinued. You can download the latest working version directly from the developer homepage.
Update 2: Please note that the program does not support downloading cover art from Amazon for the time being due to changes Amazon made to its Product Advertising API. Cover Art Download only supports Yahoo Images, Wal-Mart and Buy for now.
The author has published the source code of the application, coded in python that interested developers can download, analyze and update. Since the last update has been published in 2008, it is likely that you will run into other errors when you use the software.
Update 3: If you are looking for a program to download cover art for your music collection, you may want to give Cover Retriever a try.
It can parse a directory full of music files - including sub directories - and displays album art right in the results. All you have to do is click on the save button after you have selected one of the possible images to save it to the music file.
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