However, there are times when you'll need to look further afield in order to successfully populate your music collection with the right CD covers.
You may, for example, have a digital music collection that is mainly made up of a lot of old analog recordings that you have—digitized vinyl records and cassette tapes, for example.
By default, Windows Media Player will pull metadata, such as the title, artist, album, and cover art from the Internet.
The results of WMP’s search for the media information are on the right.
Click on Artists, Albums , or Tracks to scroll through the search results and try to find a match.
It was originally conceived as an alternative to CDDB (short for Compact Disc Database) but has now been developed into an online encyclopedia of music that sports a lot more information on artists and albums than simple CD metadata does.
For instance, searching for your favorite artist will usually yield information such as all albums released by them (including compilations), audio formats, music labels, background information (relationships to others), and the all-important cover art!
If you've got hard-to-find commercial releases, bootlegs, white label (promo) material, etc., then you might be able to source the correct album art using Discogs.
The website is easy to use for finding album covers not only for digital music releases but for older mediums, too, like vinyl records, CDs, etc.
You can edit the existing information in the text boxes or the Genre dropdown box. Click next to Contributing Artist or Composer to enter that information.
Choosing Your Own Cover Art If your media file doesn’t pull the proper cover art, or if you simply wish to find a different image, you can add your own. An ideal size would be around 300 x 300 pixels, give or take. You’ll need to switch to Expanded title (if you haven’t already) to paste the image.
For digital music, you can also fine-tune your search with a handy filtering option that can be used to only display certain audio formats like AAC, MP3, etc.