If you open programs like Windows Media Player, iTunes, or Google Play Music on your smartphone frequently, you’ve probably noticed that some of your albums were missing album art. In general, if you purchase music digitally, album art is automatically added to the album in your library because that album art is always there. However, if you purchased music through a CD or downloaded music unethically, you likely don’t have any album art for those albums in any of your music applications and programs.
That said, you might want to add album art to the albums that are missing it just to clean up your music library and make things look a little nicer. How do you do that if you don’t have access to the album art for those albums, though? If you follow along below, we’ll show you how can very easily add album art to most of your albums in a couple of different programs.
In Windows Media Player
If you still run Windows Media Player regularly, and for some reason haven’t replaced it with iTunes, you add album art pretty easily in it. Windows Media Player actually has a way that you can automatically add album art to the program. On the left sidebar, under the Music section, click on Albums. On any album that doesn’t have album art, right-click on it, and click on the button that says Find Album Info. Windows Media Player will then automatically search the Internet for the proper information and album art for that album. If it cannot find the proper album art, you might need to add it to your music manually.
Click on Find Album Info again, and a window will appear where you can choose the album art cover for that selected album.
Like we said, you can add album art to your albums manually, and the process is simple. Search Google for “name of album” followed by album art. Find the correct album art for your album, right-click the image, and click Copy.
Next, back in Windows Media Player, right-click on the album we’re working with, and click the button that says Paste Album Art. Ta da!
Apple makes it easy to add album art to albums as well. If you’re a Windows user and don’t have iTunes yet, you can download it on your computer for free here. Open iTunes on your computer, and then in the left sidebar, select the Albums section. Next, just right-click on one of your albums without any artwork and select the option that says Get album artwork.
Keep in mind that that above method only works if you have an Apple ID. If you don’t, you may need to add album art manually. To add album art manually, search the Web for “album name” followed by “album artwork.” Download the proper album artwork to your hard drive.
Next, back in iTunes, select Albums, and right-click the album that doesn’t have artwork. This time you’ll want to click the option that says Get Info. In the menu, go to the Artwork section, and then upload the album art you just downloaded for that album.
In Google Play Music
You can edit Google Play Music album art from the Web Player really easily. Go to your computer and open the Web Player. Select a song, or press and hold Ctrl to select a range of different songs.
Next, near the top of the screen, click on the Pencil icon. This is the image for editing song details — next, just update the text fields or select Change on the Album Art area to upload a new piece of artwork.
As you can see, editing and adding album artwork is really easy. With a few simple steps, you can manually add album covers to the albums that are missing it. Or, by chance, you can use your music player’s software to grab album artwork for you automatically.