Ever wondered how some of your mp3 files show up with the album art icon instead of the standard mp3 icon, when browsing through the mp3 collection on hard disk? Also, does the cover image appear at the background when playing an mp3 file using Windows Media Player or any other music player?

Thumbnail image of the mp3 files as seen in Windows Explorer.

The thumbnail image can come from JPG album art images (super-hidden) within that folder, or from pictures embedded into each mp3 file. If you need to remove the mp3 album art/images for some reason, first configure Windows Explorer to show hidden and protected Operating System files. Use these steps:

Press WinKey + R to launch the Run dialog. Type control folders and hit {ENTER}

Click the View tab

Enable Show hidden files, folders, and drives

Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Click OK.

Open the folder that contains the mp3 album, and delete the AlbumArt_{GUID}_Large.jpg, AlbumArt_{GUID}_Small.jpg and Folder.jpg images.

Album art still appears?

If the album art still appears for an mp3 file or album, that could be coming from the pictures embedded into the mp3 file, and you need an ID3 tag editor to remove them. There are several freeware products available; I used Mp3tag.

Browse and locate the mp3 file. Right-click on the image and click Remove cover. Do this for every image.

That should remove all the album art images from the mp3 file.

Note that using Mp3Tag, you can also add additional album art images or change the "picture type" (cf. Picture Types at ID3.org) for the image that’s already embedded onto the mp3 file. Here are the options available.


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54 Comments

  1. Maru
    said this on Monday, December 15th 2014 2:16 am

    mp3tag still works fine, I just used it to remove some images that I had set incorrectly years ago in itunes

  2. madyan
    said this on Friday, December 5th 2014 10:39 am

    Great post, thank you the first method worked for me :)

  3. Raman
    said this on Thursday, October 16th 2014 11:37 am

    Thank you very much, mp3tag worked like charm, after modifying the mp3 file, saved it. Then I could see the new image.

  4. David
    said this on Thursday, September 11th 2014 3:46 am

    http://taghycardia.info is nothing but ad and malware. not a false positive, do NOT dl this thing.

    Oh, and mp3 tag doesn’t work either anymore.

    t’s nerfed

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