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Initial post: Dec 1, 2012 9:22:45 AM PST
I am trying to transfer ripped cd's in MP3 format to my new Kindle Fire HD, no cover art shows up, just a grey box; underneath the box in small writing is the name of the artist. I need the cover art to show so my 80 yr old father can pick the music he wants to listen to, the print is too small for him to read. Help please.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 9:36:16 AM PST
Mike says:
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Posted on Dec 1, 2012 9:40:05 AM PST
As he has Parkinson's he can't use a magnifying glass. The Fire can be placed on a stand and he can touch the cover to choose his album, but he needs to be able to see it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 9:47:39 AM PST
Mike says:
In a more serious note, I'm interested if there is an answer to your inquiry because I have a similar situation (not with the Fire) where I lost the cover art.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:15:37 AM PST
S. Prewitt says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 10:35:15 AM PST
When you ripped your CDs to your music library, did you load cover art for those CDs as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 10:46:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012 10:48:23 AM PST
GRak says:
You will need to add the cover art manually. I use mp3tag (it's free):

This software can find the covers for most albums. It's not "automatic", but not too difficult if you have a wee bit of skill poking around in new software to learn how it works.

You can add albums by embedding them right into the mp3 file, that way you don't need to keep track of separate cover files.

You will need to have a copy of the mp3's on your PC, then edit them and copy back to the Fire....
Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 2:35:48 PM PST
I used media player and ripped to the mp3 format -- in my pc library it shows the album cover, but not when I transfer to the kindle.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 3:18:41 PM PST
C. S. Jones says:
As noted above did you use software to add the cover art to the mp3 file itself? I also use the mp3tag software to add to covers to the files after they are ripped. Your library management software most likely has its own external library of covers that it display for recognized tracks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 3:55:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012 3:58:10 PM PST
~nospin says:
I uploaded albums to Amazon and the covers appeared automatically. One out of 30 had the wrong cover.
I then download from the cloud.

Eta- he also might have better luck with a stylus as that is intentional movement.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 11:04:41 AM PST
After experimenting here is what I found. First on my home PC I used windows media player to rip my cds; cds were ripped in the MP3 format, with library options checked to retrieve additional information from the Internet and Only add missing information. Second I then uploaded these MP3 files to my Cloud Player Account. Third, I turned on my Kindle Fire HD 7 and from the home menu I choose Music and selected the Cloud. Wowlla, my Kindle Fire HD then displayed the albums I had in the Cloud Player. Fourth, I then downloaded each album and they now are in my Device (Kindle Fire HD). I did have several albums in Cloud Player show the incorrect album art; however when downloaded to my Kindle Fire HD the correct artwork was displayed. I used the chat to connect with a tech rep and they told me to go to Cloud Player and delete the albums with incorrect art and reload. I haven't tried that yet as I am still loading albums on Cloud Player.
Note: there is a 250 song limit for the free Cloud Player, so if you don't want to pay the annual fee of $24.99, you will need to count your songs that you load to Cloud Player and then download to your Fire HD; then delete those songs before you load another 250.

Personally I feel it is worth the $24.99 to hold all my albums. Also you can authorize up to 10 different devices to use the Cloud Player, which makes it just perfect for my family.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 8:12:42 AM PST
Angus says:
people keep pushing this mp3tag but it simply does not work with the Kindle/albumart

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 8:15:06 AM PST
Angus says:
I don't want to enter a credit card to open a Cloud account (and yes, you MUST open an account to access the so-called cloud). Surely I must somehow be able to view covers/albumart without having to mess about with 'the cloud'?!?!!?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 10:20:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 10:22:34 AM PST
GRak says:
@Angus: I do not doubt that you were unable to add album covers successfully with MP3tag.

I suspect you are just not familar with its use. Your statement that it "simply does not work with the Kindle/album art" is incorrect.

MP3tag is capable of embedding the cover into the .mp3 file. I do this all the time, not just for Kindles, but the Nexus, Zune, and Nook as well. (the grandkids seem to have difficulty with their album art, so they bring their gadgets to me, thus I have experience with multiple platforms.)

There is a bit of a learning curve, but not too steep. I am 65 years old and never ripped a CD, nor had any mp3 music whatsoever until later part of 2011. I now have my entire CD collection (~14,000 songs) in Amazon's and Apple's clouds, on my PC, Fire HD, iPad and Nexus.

Most, if not all, of my songs did not originally have album art. When I first began digitizing my collection, most had their art stored in separate files - which was a pain in the keister because not all software players and devices seemed to handle the separate files properly.

Then I learned how to use MP3tag to embed the art directly into the mp3 file itself. Since then, I have not had any problems seeing my album art in any of the devices I have mentioned. I have also used MediaMonkey to do this.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 11:00:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 11:01:53 AM PST
Angus says:
GRakaska thanks for your reply.

I have always used Winamp to tag, and sometimes Tag&rename. All of my music has (or seems to have) it embedded.

Since reading these threads, I also have used Mp3Tag and MediaMonkey to re-tag them but still the albumart/covers does not show on the Kindle?

Is it possible you could give me a walkthrough/idiot guide as to how you do it (when time permits), either on here or by PM?

About half an hour ago, I drag and dropped about 2 dozen albums onto my wife's Kindle but only 3 of them showed the art??

Edit: I assume you do not have to use the Cloud at any time (as some mention) and the files can be drag and dropped by USB as I am doing?

Thanks again

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 2:40:53 PM PST
K. Wright says:
I am having the same problem as well. I have music on my iTunes and when i transfer it to my kindle fire HD the album artwork does not transfer with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 6:34:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012 6:47:11 PM PST
GRak says:

To keep these instructions as simple as possible, they will show how to do one album at a time. You could select a higher level folder that has multiple albums, but it would be a bit more difficult if you are not really adept with the software and Windows folder structure.

This procedure assumes that your music files are saved in Artist\Album format, e.g my Santana Supernatural album is an mp3 album I bought from the Zune Marketplace is stored in: D:\My Music\Zune\Santana\Supernatural.

Before proceeding, I highly recommend making a copy of the folders, then "practice" learning the software using the copy.

In that folder are the mp3's, and two files - AlbumArt_Large.jpg, and Folder.jpg.

Your folder structure may be different, and there may not be any album art .jpg files, if there are one or more, they will probably be named a bit differently than mine.

If there are album art files in the folder, the process will be a bit easier.

Open mp3tag (I am using version 2.54)

1. Click File, Change Directory

2. Choose the folder that contains the mp3's you want to edit
(you should see a list of the songs)

(in the lower left of the main window will be a "box" that will display the album cover. It will probably be blank initially. It has a light grey round CD/Record symbol in it)

3. Select all the songs in the list (click the first, hold shift, click the last song)

There are two methods to add the album art at this point.
The first method is for folders that have the album_art.jpg file in the mp3 folder, The second method will retrieve the information from

Method 1: (art is in the folder)

(double check to insure all tracks are still selected as described in #3 above)

4. Right click the CD/Record icon in the box located in the lower left of the main window.

5. Choose "Add Cover" (the album art file shold be listed, if not - navigate to the song folder)

6. Choose the album art .jpg file

7. Click "Open" (the art should now be visible in the lower left hand box.

8. Click the disk icon to save the art (it's in the upper left, under the word "File"

DONE! (skip the end of this posting)


Method 2 (no art in song folder)

(double check to insure all tracks are still selected as described in #3 above)

4. Click Tag Sources, choose (A dialogue box will appear, it should have the album name in it. Correct it if necessary.)

5. Click Next. (a list of albums with similar/same names will appear. Choose the most likely one, then click "Next".

6. A window will open with a sample of the album art, and other information about the tracks. If it does not look correct, click "Back" and choose another. If you can't find an exact match choose the best you can.

7. If the information and image look correct in the window, click "OK". (note: if the image is OK, but the track info is not quite right, you may have to correct it after clicking OK. I am not going to try to address all the possible things that you could do here as it would require a ton of additional instructions)


Drag the updated folder to your Kindle Fire, if all went well, your mp3's will have embedded images which the Kindle Fire should be able to see.

If the covers do not show up on the Fire, I'm not sure what the problem may be as this has always worked for me. I was doing this before I began using the "cloud"

Good luck , hope this works for you!

(EDITED TO ADD: I should have mentioned that it is a good idea to check your work before exiting MP3tag. Sometimes during the process it's easy to "deselect" the songs in the list and the change will only apply to the one that is highlighted. So it's a good idea to scroll through each song to see if the art "stuck" to each one. If it didn't, just repeat the process)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 11:05:24 AM PST
Angus says:
wow, what a reply, thanks, will give this a whirl as soon as i get the time, thanks again................

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 5:44:32 PM PST
lynx says:
after side loading Mp3's with no album covers to my kindle fire hd, i used the app: album cover finder. easy and FAST and free

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 2:40:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2013 2:40:28 AM PST
hi, i really do know what to do! But it seems unpossible to have the kindle fire hd show up some of my mp3 cover arts. i compared (all mp3 tags, embedded jpg file size,...) the files which show up with those which don't show up! no difference!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 3:01:52 AM PST
@Dominik: If the cover art in my albums is not embedded, I just copy a suitable jpg file to the same folder on the Fire HD, and they have always shown up then when I play the album.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 4:55:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2013 4:59:10 AM PST
i found a reproduceable fact that causes my problem. once a mp3 folder with no embedded cover art is copied to the kindle fire hd it is somehow marked as not to have an album art. even if the folder is deleated and doing the same thing with the "music cache", the kindle attaches the information "missing cover" to the album name. Like this it now happens that if i include the album art afterwards and copy the edited mp3 files to the kindle they still have no album art shown up: because the kindle relays on the first information it somehow saved for the album. by renaming the album (e.g. mp3tag) (folder name has no effect) the "same" mp3 shows the album cover art. conclusion: correct mp3 files don't show up album art if they are copied to the kindle fire hd for the first time without an album art embedded!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 8:00:53 AM PST
after resetting the kindle to system default settings (incl. reregister) the files work. seems like the mentioned informations are maybe stored in the cloud.

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 1:40:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2013 1:42:46 PM PST
I need HELP!!!!!!! I have ripped my CD's to windows media player with the album covers and installed cloud. The music dowloads, to cloud but none of them download properly. It keeps telling me there is a problem. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. When I ripped to Itunes they worked perfectly, but again would not download to Ipod, what is going on? I've paid for them< surely I should be able to have them on any of my media sources. Please help

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 8:25:54 AM PST
I downloaded and tried Album Cover Finder!!!! this app works GREAT! very quick, east and FREEE!
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