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How do I add Album Art to a 640H?

Album Art can be transferred/viewed on your 640H in a number of ways;

 

1.Transferring pictures from your PC/Mac on to your 640H.

 

2.Using third party software to embed the album art into the MP3 tracks using your PC/Mac as the interface.

 

3.Using the 640H, taking the album art off the ripped CD.

 

We will now go through each method in a little more detail.

 

1.Transferring pictures from your PC/Mac on to your 640H.

 

To transfer the picture onto the 640H, access the 640H media directory on your PC/Mac.  Locate the artist/album you want the album art to go to and copy the picture into the folder that contains the actual music content (this will be the folder whose name is the name of the album).

 

You are able to use any picture you wish as your album cover.  However, for optimisation, the size of the picture should be 300x300 pixels, and no more than 500x500 pixels.

 

When assigning a filename for the picture, the 640H has a specific order of what names to look for.  The list in order of what names the 640H looks for (the top being the first) is as follows (Note: The 640H supports jpg, jpeg, gif and bmp file types for certain names, but jpg always has priority):

 

a.             User.jpg

b.             User.jpeg

c.             Folder.jpg

d.             Folder.jpeg

e.             Folder.gif

f.              Folder.bmp

g.             Cover.jpg

h.             Cover.jpeg

i.              Cover.gif

j.              Cover.bmp

k.             Large.jpg

l.              Front.jpg

 

We have an order of names so that if you want to override existing album art but keep the original image, then you can.  For example, if you have a picture in the album folder called Front.jpg, the 640H will display this picture.  If you then add another picture called User.jpg then instead of displaying Front.jpg in the User Interface, it will display User.jpg.

 

When you have done this, you will need to rescan the 640H hard drive for the album art you have copied across to be recognised.  Rescan can be found by selecting the following menus in sequence: System/Content/Rescan/Hard disk drive. 

 

[2.Using third party software to embed the album art into the MP3 tracks using your PC/Mac as the interface.

 

There are many different programs around that you can use to rip CD�s onto your PC that embed album art pictures into the tracks themselves, iTunes, and Window Media Player are to name a few.  Also there are dedicated album art locators that will embed the album art into the track from search engines over the internet, for example �Album Cover Art Downloader� can be found at:

 

http://kempele.fi/~skyostil/projects/albumart/

 

Please make sure you select the release number of the software you require and the right file to download, i.e. for Windows you want to download the �albumart-X.X.X-setup.exe� file where X.X.X is the release number.  Also please read the online Tutorial before using the software.

 

[b]Note:[/b] Cambridge Audio cannot take responsibility for any problems that may arise from using any third party software.  We also cannot guarantee that third party software will not be changed by its authors.

 

3.Using the 640H, taking the album art off the ripped CD.

 

This is a very hit and miss method as it relies on the CD having the album art 

in it.  When the CD is ripped, if it does have the album art, it will place it in the album folder with the music.  It is recommended however to use one of the methods described above for best results.

 

For the latest 640H developments please visit:

 

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/support.php and click on the 640H link.

 

Details of how to connect the PC to the 640H are explained in the networking guides on the 640H support page.

Typically, Album Art is no more than 100k per album, which is less than 0.5% of the space taken up by music content.

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