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Old 01-02-2013, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by gstephens View Post
I just purchased a 2013 F11 and have been copying my music libary via a USB stick onto the internal storage. I had assumed that it was using a local Gracenote database to display album art but after running some tests, I'm not so sure that Gracenote is used for artwork with music on the internal storage or USB storage.

Technically, it makes no sense to me that they would use Gracenote for CD info but not mp3 files but I'm beginning to believe that's the case. Maybe BMW only licensed Gracenote for use with CD's figuring they could save money but not also paying to license it for use with mp3's.
If you read my posts above, you will see I disproved this. I absolutely do not have album art or JPGs in my MP3s. And when I play them from a data CD or USB stick, it displays the art. So it MUST get it from somewhere--internal or external I don't know, but not from the MP3. I am very familiar with MP3TAG and how to use it, trust me when I say I don't have artwork TAG'ed.

However, I can't confirm the opposite. I intend to play around and see if I can force artwork from the MP3 Tag. Now that the holidays are over I should have some time to try this.
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2016 550i Mediterranean Blue, M-Sport--del Nov 2015
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Prior BMWs
2013 550i Space Gray, M-Sport
2009 X5 4.8 White (w/hitch)
2007 550i Monaco Blue, Sport
2004 X5 4.4i
2003 540i M-Sport w/Dinan mods (last of the great E39's)
2002 X5 3.0
2000 540i Sport
1995 525i Sport
1991 325is
1986 325es
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