How to Add Cover Art to MP3 Metadata

By Seamus Islwyn

Updated September 22, 2017

Many MP3 players can display embedded cover art for an album.
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An MP3's metadata stores extra, non-audio information about the file. Metadata can contain the artist and album names, the year of release, the genre of music and a picture of the album's cover art. Once you add the cover art to an MP3's metadata, the artwork appears on your computer's screen whenever you play the MP3 in a media program. Use Windows Media Player to add cover art in the JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG or TIFF formats to the MP3s in your collection.

Open the Start menu and click "Computer." Navigate to the folder containing the cover art file that you want to embed in the MP3's metadata. Right-click the cover art file and select "Copy."

Launch Windows Media Player. Click "Library," then click "Music."

Click "Artist" or "Album." Scroll to the album to which you want to add the cover art.

Right-click the album's cover icon. Click "Paste album art" to embed the cover art into the MP3.


If Windows Media Player doesn't let you add the cover art to an MP3, ensure that the file's permissions are not set to "Read-Only."