© 2011 Brice Center (first posted 2/14/12 ► last updated 2/14/12)
I had an album of .mp3 files that simply would not display the album art in Windows Media Player 12 Now Playing view. Luckily, I eventually figured out why and fixed it.
mp3tag, a very good tag editor, so I knew they should display properly. However, I could not get either to work on these files!
The "Now Playing" view of WMP 12 looked like this:
The weird thing was that I could see the embedded album art in Explorer when single clicking the file here:
And I could even see it in WMP in the Library View:
This coupled with the fact that WMP12 was set to look for captions in the Now Playing view, made the art not show.
I found 2 solutions to make the art show in WMP12. One I'd call the work around, and the other was the final, permanent solution.
The quick way to get the art to show is simply to right-click, then turn off the Captions, and then change the Visualization to "Album Art." However, that Caption setting might get put back on someday, so this isn't a robust permanent solution.
Now the album art will show even with the caption setting on in WMP 12....Problem SOLVED!!