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Published on 05.02.07 by Brent Trahan

Embed Pictures in MP3 and WMA Files Using Windows Media Player

This guide shows you how to embed pictures inside MP3 or WMA files using Windows Media Player.


Let’s say you recorded a live performance and you also have a few pictures of that performance. You can take those pictures and embed them inside MP3 and WMA files and have them shown in the now playing section of Windows Media Player while the music plays.

Embedding Pictures

  1. Open Windows Media Player.
  2. Right-click a song you want the picture(s) to show up in the now playing section of WMP when playing and select Advanced Tag Editor.
  3. Click the Pictures tab.


  4. Click the Add button to browse for the picture(s) you want to embed in this file.
  5. Once you’ve added a picture you can set the picture type and type a few notes about the picture.


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  1. Russel says:

    How the process of embedding of picture in mp3 and wma files works?Exactly what make it possible?Some technical knowledge needed.

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    The picture is basically appended to the end of the mp3 or wma file. I don’t know all the details about how it’s appended.

  3. Dirtstarr says:

    Ok, so I followed the directions and WMP changed ALL the pictures for the whole album. I wanted to have different pictures for different songs, much like the NIN albums.

    Thanks for the info!


  4. destroys says:

    Thnx a lot, couldn’t have done it without it!

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  6. Chris says:

    Just to let everyone know – This method DOES NOT embed the picture in the mp3 or wma file that is completely wrong. What WMP does is it save a jpeg image in the same folder as the mp3 or wma file but it is hidden so you won’t be able to see it. thus, the mp3/wma file MUST be in the same folder as the hidden picture added by WMP for it to show up anywhere. Plus this method is very incompatible with most mp3 player devices. It’s best to embed images. musicbrainz.org has a free app and I used it today to auto-tag 865 mp3 files and all artwork was saved inside the mp3 files, not hidden jpegs in the same folder.
    Test what i’ve said, follow the method above then find that mp3 or wma file in your library and then go to (on XP) Tools > ‘Folder Options’ (on vista) Oranize > ‘folder and search options’, then click the second tab – then check the tick box that says “Show hidden file and folders” press ok, then look at your song, accompanying near will be a jpeg.

    • Brendt says:

      Fascinating analysis, Chris. Now if it was only accurate.

      Having done this, there are no hidden images in my folder. Also, I copied the MP3 to another directory and it still worked.

  7. Yvonne says:

    Hi Brendt and fellow readers

    Today, the embedding instructions worked exactly as you said!

    Thank you for posting


    I agree with you regarding Chris’s comment. He/she has posted that same comment on various pages on this topic and he/she left me going around in circles online whilst following their instructions. Your step by step instructions worked without any additional software or installation and suggest other information seekers stick with you and follow yours.


  8. tyggus says:

    when i try to do this my wmp did’nt show advanced tag editor why?

  9. Andy A says:

    If you want to add a title within an Mp3 or embed pictures or even add text to it. Go to http://WWW.Mp3tag.de/en
    It will cost you a little but what it is well worth it.

    Hope this helps

  10. nimesh pradhan says:

    thank u……!!!!!!

  11. ahmed says:

    I want to do somethink like that in windows7 is there any idea how to do it??

  12. sagar says:

    this option is not highlighted don’t know why

  13. Nitesh says:

    Thank u

  14. Confused says:

    OK I installed this but I am not very computer savvy. Before I actually launch this all I want to do is take my photos and have them transition during a song. With all the technology out there why is this a problem? And most importantly do I just want to uninstall the program before I ever use it? HELP! is it to late?
    People do it on u-tube all the time. So I know it can be done but is this the right program to do that?

  15. Rajkumar says:

    thanks a lot!!!

  16. Martin says:

    i cant find the advanced tag editor what ever i do please reply

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