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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 07:28 AM
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indeed. I didn't actually use Media Monkey. I found something much smaller and simpler but alas...it too is for Winders.
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I have seen on the forums many questions about having your artwork show up on the UConnect. Well I have found a way to do this. All you need to do is download this free utility program at http://www.mediamonkey.com/download Just click on this link or copy and paste it into your browser. This program will find the artwork to your music and all the information about the music that you have on your media disk like year, album and artist etc..and copy all of that information into your music. This embeds it on the ID Tag on each song you have on your media so, your UConnect will display it along with your artwork image. I had to try and figure out how to use this so it will work. If you need help using this just pm me and I will help you the best that I can. This works great and best of all it's free. Good luck!
This did not work for me. Calling Uconnect this morning was again a waste of time. They said no art will ever display from iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. Engineers are working on it! Yeah, right! And the cow was able to jump over the moon! LOL All of my CDs are purchased CDs; no MP3s, no downloads. All art displayed on my RBZ MyGig in my 2011 Dodge Nitro, so I know that it is not the art file size. Most displayed in my 2014 Journey with the 8.4. The art for purchases made on iTunes would not display, so I went out and purchased all of the CDs I downloaded. Some displayed; some did not. Many countless hours spent on the phone with both Apple and Uconnect. Total waste of time because everything that they told me would not work. Completely deleted iTunes, and reloaded all my CDs into Windows Media Player. More art displayed than iTunes, but still not perfect. Gave up and pretended that that ugly generic music note was not there. Now, i'm back to iTunes, and no art displays on the Jeep's radio.

What is really odd is this: I have one CD that is a preproduction release to be given to radio stations to play. No cover on the CD, no cover art file. I found one that will work and downloaded it from iTunes just so my Library on my computer would be complete. It is the only one which displays on the radio. Weird.

Anyone else have some ideas? Google led me no where. I downloaded the free version of media monkey. Do I need the premium version in order for this to work?

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here's an idea: hit the "screen off" button.
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Thank you very much. If these radios are made to play Apple Apps, why can't they display Apple Art?

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Thank you very much. If these radios are made to play Apple Apps, why can't they display Apple Art?
Its the image size that is a problem. I think it is 600x600 or smaller can be displayed in uConnect. If you just use the 'Get Artwork' feature in iTunes it will use an image that is much larger. I also think that as new versions of iTunes have come out, the image size has gotten larger and larger but I'm not sure about that.

When you manually applied an image and it is viewable then you probably used a smaller image.

If you want to test, take an album that is not showing up and manually swap out the image for a 600x600 or smaller one on your computer and then delete it off your player and re-sync it so it reloads onto your player and see if it displays. Worked for me.

Anything new that I've been adding lately I just manually grab the album cover using Google Images and I usually just use something in the 300x300 range and they always display fine. My older stuff does not and one of these days I'll try a mass image resizer but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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I Use Mp3Tag which is also free on the web.
I never embed anything larger than 500x500.
All of my art shows up. Now in saying that...Apple .m4a does not display the art. Even after removing the embedded picture and replacing it with a smaller version. All .mp3 and WMA display just fine.
Also just a note about size of thumb drives or SD cards. I got tired of using them so I hooked up a MyPassport 1TB drive in the armrest. All my 5000 songs show up and play fine. 80% are WMA files. I needed bigger than 64gig.
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That is weird. I ripped a bunch of bought CDs to MP3 (mid grade quality) using WMP, sutck them on a 16G SD card and almost all the art is there, with no tinkering. I also added a bunch of individual songs from my daughter's iTunes library (purchased songs) and almost all the art is there also, no tinkering. The only weird thing that happened is one time I decided to add a song I bought on iTunes to an album I had already ripped on the SD card (song from the same band but different album), and funnily the album art from the one extra song took over for the entire album I had stuffed it into.

There must a setting you are using when ripping that messes with art dimensions. But I'm not familiar enough with the subject to tell you more...

I know someone on the forum who knows a thing or two on the subject... Giving @Array a shout...
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In my Journey's 8.4, no art taken from the iTunes Store (get info - get art) would display. Funny now that the only one I had to get from the iTunes store is the only one displaying. Each CD I added to the iTunes Library just grabs the Art off of the CD, and it immediately shows up. I do know that WMP, by default, goes out on the net and searches for art, whether it is on the CD or not.

Does the MP3Tag work like MediaMonkey and add files to the entire Library? The thought of deleting all my music again and reloading it is a daunting task, as it takes about 4 days. Deleting it from the SD card and reloading is no big deal.

I am thinking about getting art for each CD off of the iTunes store and replacing it with the art on the CD. This process is working for 1 CD!

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This did not work for me. Calling Uconnect this morning was again a waste of time. They said no art will ever display from iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. Engineers are working on it! Yeah, right! And the cow was able to jump over the moon! LOL All of my CDs are purchased CDs; no MP3s, no downloads. All art displayed on my RBZ MyGig in my 2011 Dodge Nitro, so I know that it is not the art file size. Most displayed in my 2014 Journey with the 8.4. The art for purchases made on iTunes would not display, so I went out and purchased all of the CDs I downloaded. Some displayed; some did not. Many countless hours spent on the phone with both Apple and Uconnect. Total waste of time because everything that they told me would not work. Completely deleted iTunes, and reloaded all my CDs into Windows Media Player. More art displayed than iTunes, but still not perfect. Gave up and pretended that that ugly generic music note was not there. Now, i'm back to iTunes, and no art displays on the Jeep's radio.

What is really odd is this: I have one CD that is a preproduction release to be given to radio stations to play. No cover on the CD, no cover art file. I found one that will work and downloaded it from iTunes just so my Library on my computer would be complete. It is the only one which displays on the radio. Weird.

Anyone else have some ideas? Google led me no where. I downloaded the free version of media monkey. Do I need the premium version in order for this to work?

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Since all of your music is from CDs, what program are you using to rip them? If you are using Media Player or iTunes, both of those do not embed the album art into the mp3 file. They store the jpg somewhere on the computer and link to it when you play a song. So when you transfer them to the Cherokee, there is no art associated with the file. You need to embed the jpg into each mp3. There are tons of guides online on how to do this.
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@Mark_, took a while for me to hear your shout; probably that Fall wind out of the west . @dhh3 and I discussed this in another thread. The size and embedding issues are known. I am not familiar with Apple software, so there could be something there. It's true though that I originally had a low percentage of album art displaying until I resized it to 600x600 or less. Now every one displays. As a recap, here are some of the points picked up over the past couple years:

- Uconnect people told me directly in a phone conversation that album art should be embedded JPEG 240 x 158 megapixels (SD Card Recommendations from Uconnect).

-@emddd40x said she/he had insider knowledge on the Harman Kardon platform Uconnect is currently built on: - It was never really tested with art beyond 600 x 600 and re-sizes it down for display down to 200 x 200. - It doesn't cache the art. It reads it live each time from the source file. - it's not configured for in-folder art, only embedded art. (SD Card Recommendations from Uconnect).

- @D'prived said any album art over 950 x 950 will not display (SD Card Recommendations from Uconnect). I tested this by adding album art to my SD at 1000 x 1000 and none of that displayed. Resized them to 900 x 900 and they all displayed.

It could be that anything over 240 x 158 causes more Uconnect processing to downsize with no gain in album art fidelity. But I've never tested it. However, I don't see any difference in fidelity between album art at 600 x 600 v.s. 300 x 300 on the Uconnect display.

Many music players as well as PCs have plenty of memory to display high fidelity album art. Uconnect apparently does not. But that stands to reason since only a small portion of the 8.4" diag screen is allocated to album art display. The RA4 has more memory than the RA3. That might also be a factor in album art sizes between the models. But that's just a thought; no one has ever suggested that.

Bottom line, size matters. There is a small and simple Windows program out there that resizes album art in batch mode. You sick it on as many song files as you want and it resizes them all, no sweat. But as the name implies, it only works for MP3 files: Sanse MP3 Art Sizer can be downloaded here: http://hcware.x10host.com/mp3art/

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