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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  1. jumperman
    said this on Friday, August 22nd 2014 4:01 pm

    hi to all, you need to save in mp3tag after you remove the cover. and it work also with multiple files. good luck

  2. uli87
    said this on Thursday, July 24th 2014 8:08 pm

    I tried using mp3tag to remove embedded album art. After clicking remove, nothing happens.

    Luckily Rumpeln suggested taghycardia (http://taghycardia.info) which works like a charm. Thanks dude

  3. Ernest
    said this on Friday, July 4th 2014 4:36 pm

    Hi There. I have managed to change the image however when I play the mp3 it still shows the old image. Why is this

  4. Venky
    said this on Friday, May 23rd 2014 4:05 pm

    Great work!! helped me!!

  5. renuka
    said this on Sunday, May 4th 2014 6:57 am

    Thanks…it worked out :)

  6. Cas
    said this on Sunday, April 20th 2014 3:30 am

    Thank you! You really help me from getting pissed! Someone modified the album art of top 100 songs in spotify. He changed it with his fucking face!

  7. Rumpeln
    said this on Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 11:03 pm

    The free app taghycardia (http://taghycardia.info) traverses music folders and removes covers from music tags automatically optionally saving the images as per selected settings.

  8. No Name
    said this on Monday, February 17th 2014 5:37 pm

    Thanks……..helped me a lot:))))))))))))

  9. doram
    said this on Sunday, February 16th 2014 5:54 am

    This is very helpful! Thank you so much!!! <3

  10. Sadia
    said this on Saturday, February 15th 2014 12:19 pm

    Thank u very much…:D

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