If you’re like me, you have quite a large library of music on your phone. It’s awesome to listen to your favorite music on the move, and one of the reasons I prefer phones with SD card support, so I can just insert my usual SD card and instantly have access to what I want to hear. However, if indeed you’re like me, your collection is also somewhat disorganized and confusing. The default Android music player (and even Google’s Play Music) make a pretty good job at organizing and ordering your music, but even then there will be songs with incomplete information and missing cover art.
The missing cover art in particular is the one that gets to me the most, since a lot of times the album art has to do with the music and may even complement it, so I like to have it available. However, it’s really a lot of hassle to manually add it, and most people don’t bother. So, why not let an app do it for you? There are a number of apps that aim to solve this very issue, but the one I found works the best for me is Album Art Grabber, which fetches album art directly from Last.fm and is extremely easy to use, and best of all, free! Here’s how to do it:
First of all, download the app and install it. After install, you should see this screen:
Things are pretty self-explanatory: The “Grab” button will automatically fetch missing art and update your library appropriately. This is the button you’ll want to press. However, before that, you can check the list first and see if you have songs with incorrect album art, and tap them in order to clear it, so this app can update it with the correct art (since it doesn’t fetch art for songs with art already). The “Clear” button will remove all album art, so be careful with that one! The “Prefs” button will show you some simple preferences you might be interested in:
So, when you’re ready, just press “Grab” and let the app do it’s thing. You will see a new icon in the status bar, and you can see progress details as well. Wait for a little bit and in just a little bit you’ll have updated album art for your music library, easy as that! It did a pretty good job on my collection, only missing a few of the more obscure tracks or maybe even incorrectly tagged songs, but it looks much better than before, for sure!
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