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The Ultimate Media Information List

This post to to try to help the many people that seem to have difficulty being able to find missing information or items for their media. This can be anything from downloadable labels for CDs that they burn, to case inserts for DVDs, or correct tag information for MP3 files.

If people are willing to assist on this project, please submit a valid working link to your favorite sites for finding media information. If you can, add a short description of the site and what it is used for (i.e., "This site is great for downloading CD labels", or "This site has really accurate information on correct MP3 tags,"). Feel free to list more than one resource. The goal here is to collect the absolute best of the best locations, on the Internet, for anyone who needs to find any missing information, graphics, track listings, lyrics, etc. for any of their media.

If there is any specific software that you use for searching and replacing missing items or information, please feel free to mention it. However, if you do, please include a valid working link to where the software can be found, along with a short description of what you use it for.

- note - this collection is for official information, labels, etc....not for sites or software on creating your own generic labels, inserts or anything similar

In simple terms, if you just burnt a backup copy of a new CD, this list would help you find where you can download and print out a label for the disk itself that is identical to the original CD label, as well as helping you find the original cover arts, track listings, etc.

Album Cover Art Downloader: Here's a program that will semi-automatically download album cover images for your music collection. All you have to do is point it at the root of your music directory and for each directory, the program will download a set of corresponding (well, best guess) album covers from the Internet, from which you can choose one that suits your fancy.

Currently supported image providers:

* Amazon.com

* Yahoo! Images

* Wal-Mart

* Buy.com

At least the following programs make use of the cover images:

* KDE, GNOME and others that follow the FreeDesktop.org .desktop-entry spec

* Windows XP Explorer

* Windows Media Player 9+

* CDcover, an XMMS plugin

* CoverViewer, another XMMS plugin.

* wmalbum, a WindowMaker dock applet

* Various WinAMP plugins, for example Cover TAG.

In addition, some portable music players can show the cover image if it is embedded in the MP3 file.

- note - Some programs that rip CDs to MP3 will download various files associated to that CD. If you run into any errors where Album Cover Art Downloader tells you it is unable to set a cover art, or that a file already exists.....set your folder options to show hidden files/folders....odds are there is a hidden file called folder.jpg or cover.jpg that already exists. Just delete them and run Album Cover Art Downloader again. If you still run into an error, make sure the folder/files your trying to use aren't set to "read-only" in their file or folder properties.

Album Cover Art Downloader

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