Stop windows media player constantly updating media library
If you want to delete it, go to windows explorer, then Tools - Show hidden files and folders AND uncheck hide protected operating system files. I have run Album Art Tagger to remove album art not matching my storage. I close MM and reopen it and lo and behold it's back.You should now be able to find all the album art files that WMP has saved to your HD in the same folders that your music is in. I have searched (checked show hidden files and folders) my hard drives for and albumart and can't locate anything yet these images keep showing up.I put the 9 stray audio files that were in my download folder in a freshly made folder and opened them in WMP and no more album art.I always have my folders set up to show hidden and there is nothing of suspect anywhere on my computer.No other apps see that embedded art, but it is apparently still there..If anyone can do this, this would be one of you Serious Collectors, lol.As I got towards perfection I chose to shut down all automatic internet updates as these, I found, actually screwed up and put a lot of erroneous art and/or other information into the library. when you look in the directory of a album that you know is incorrect ... THEN if you do the simple, albeit time consuming and frustrating task of Find Album Information - Edit - (don't make any changes) - Save. the art changes to what you had previously stored now displaying in WMP and magically changed within the file directory.A couple lessons first and then the ISSUE:1 - Yes ... As previously stated, I had shut off all Internet updates so the "final" cleanup of my library involved a lot of semi-manual creation of the right directories (using the WMP edit function while inside the find album info dialogue box) and corrections/edits and even some made up "unknown album" in the case where I couldn't discern what disc the song came from. a completely different file (often one used recently to update some other album) showing up in multiple places associated with multiple songs and artists! What this is telling me is that there are some strange links/references to some strange place ???? Black Magic perhaps but all I know is that it is frustrating as hell. I have run Album Art Tagger to remove album art not matching my storage. I close MM and reopen it and lo and behold it's back.
I came across a rouge .mp3 sound test file I made that had no album art associated with it on my OS partition.I have to assume this is a glitch with WPM reacting with some sort of corrupt file.I was able to fix the problem by creating a new folder and moving all the files to it, then deleting the old folder.I have the auto update album art and media information unchecked in those settings too so not sure where zune got those images to begin with.Just updating in case someone else runs into the same issue in the future.