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C.  Album Art

Rockbox allows you to put the album art, or another image related to the music on your player to display it in the PictureFlow plugin or in the theme. For this feature to work, there are a few requirements.

C.1 Limitations
C.2 Where to put album art

C.1  Limitations

Rockbox supports embedded album art only for some specific formats, see section B.2.1 for full details. It additionally supports loading images located on the flash storage. PictureFlow is currently unable to use embedded album art. The image files must be in either BMP or JPEG format, while embedded album art is currently limited to JPEG. Embedded JPEG images must not be unsynchronized. Rockbox does not support RLE-compressed BMP files, nor does it support progressive and multi-scan JPEG files. JPEG files must consist of a single scan with interleaved components, as progessive and multi-scan images require much more memory to decode.

C.2  Where to put album art

The pictures can be named a number of different ways, and placed to a number of different locations. You can have pictures specific to the file or the album or use a generic picture. You can place the picture in the same directory as the file, in the parent directory or in a fixed directory named /.rockbox/albumart/. The order Rockbox uses when looking for a picture is as follows (a list in braces means that those file extensions are tried in that order):

1.
embedded (JPEG images in ID3v2 or MP4 tags only)
2.
./filename.{jpeg,jpg,bmp}
3.
./albumtitle.{jpeg,jpg,bmp}
4.
./cover.{jpeg,jpg,bmp}
5.
./folder.jpg
6.
/.rockbox/albumart/albumartist-albumtitle.{jpeg,jpg,bmp}
7.
../albumtitle.{jpeg,jpg,bmp}
8.
../cover.{jpeg,jpg,bmp}

The following characters will be replaced with an underscore (_) when looking for albumtitle.bmp or albumartist-albumtitle.bmp: \ / : < > ? * |. Doublequotes will be replaced by single quotes. If no album artist is set, artist will be used instead. See AlbumArt in the wiki for programs that will help you automate the process of putting album art on your player.