How to Change Album Art for an MP3

by Quinten Plummer
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Album art adds that extra dimension to your MP3 music files--whenever you play an MP3 file on your computer's media player or on your portable audio device, album art gives you a little eye candy to go along with your favorite tunes. And many media players will search for, and automatically update album art for your MP3. However, as with any automated task, automatic cover art updates may attach the wrong art with your MP3 files. Using a tag editor, you can change the album art associated with any MP3 manually.

Step 1

Download and install a free copy of the ID3 tag editing plug-in, AudioShell.

Step 2

Open the folder containing the MP3 file that you wish to change the album art for and then right-click on the MP3. Click on the "Properties" option in the drop down menu that appears.

Step 3

Click on the "AudioShell Tag Editor" tab, and then click on the "Add Cover" button in the center of the page. Use the file explorer window that appears to locate the album art for your MP3 file.

Click on the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the file explorer for a full-sized preview of the selected album art. Click "Open" in the file explorer after you've previewed the album art. Click on the "Apply" button at the bottom of Properties menu to save the album art.


  • If, for any reason, you want to remove the album art from an MP3, simply return to the "AudioShell Tag Editor" tab and click on the "Remove" button.
  • You can change the album art for more than one MP3 file at a time by highlighting a group of MP3s, and then using AudioShell to update the album art.
  • After you've changed the album art for an MP3, a copy of the art is attached to the file and you can safely delete the original.


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About the Author

Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

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