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Program to download album covers

Apologies if this is in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure exactly where to post.

I made a program to download album covers for your music, as the only other alternative I could find was this web search

It's a huge time saver in my opinion. I think coding the program took less time than searching for the covers to all my albums .

[span style='font-size:11pt;line-height:100%']<UPDATE> FEB.19.2006, version 1.4.6100[/span]
I finally added the ability to do a mass download of album covers. You can access it via the right-click menu of the treeview or using the keyboard command Ctrl+A.
I also realized that I never told anyone that there are keyboard shortcuts. Or at least I don't think I've ever mentioned them, since I didn't even know they were there til I saw the code, hehe.
Ctrl+B = Browse for folders
Ctrl+G = Generate album list
Ctrl+A = Download All album covers
Additional updates are listed on the download page as usual.


This is the first version I released, I enjoyed looking at how much it has progressed.


And if you wanna post bugs feel free, although I'm assuming this is sort of a one-time use program so I doubt there will be too much desire to fix whatever bugs may crop up. [edit] Ha! Boy was I wrong [/edit]

Program to download album covers

Reply #1
Looks good

Perhaps it should remember the file path, so you don't always need to browse to it when opening the program.

Program to download album covers

Reply #2
I love this program!

Finally, an album art downloader that works properly with my folder layout!

Thank you for developing this.
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.

Program to download album covers

Reply #3
Thank you.  This seems pretty useful.  Would it be possible to set variables, like filenaming and path, so I could download cover art like "/path/to/artwork/artist - album.jpg"?

Program to download album covers

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Perhaps it should remember the file path, so you don't always need to browse to it when opening the program.[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258245"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]
Done. New version posted.
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I love this program!

Finally, an album art downloader that works properly with my folder layout!

Thank you for developing this.[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258268"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]
Glee!

Program to download album covers

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Perhaps it should remember the file path, so you don't always need to browse to it when opening the program.[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258245"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]
Done. New version posted.
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I love this program!

Finally, an album art downloader that works properly with my folder layout!

Thank you for developing this.[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258268"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]
Glee!
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Nice program. What I miss in it is ability to manualy configure directory structure  (mine is "Artist/(Year) Artist - Album").

Program to download album covers

Reply #6
I really like it, but I second the need for variables to exactly determine the path to albums
Another thing I would like to see, is the possibility to change the name of the albumart file, I would like to be able to use "folder.jpg".

Apart from that: great work

Program to download album covers

Reply #7
Man, if you add configuration for the directory naming patterns this will be godlike

edit: I have mostly %artist% - (%date%) %album% formatted direcories over here  And some %artist%\(%date%) %album% , if I have multiple albums from an artist
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(But not in audio :) )

Program to download album covers

Reply #8
Is there another way for me to make this util work, than downloading the 23698KB .Net Framework? Not that it would take very long (depending on the server), but I'm trying not to install too much "crap" after I did a clean install of WinXP. So, what I'm asking is if it's possible to get a couple of dll's rather than the complete .NET package.

If there is not "workaround" I'll just have to install it, as this util looks promising.

Edit: I have now wasted a total of 5 seconds downloading it.
So, do I have to install?

Program to download album covers

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Edit: I have now wasted a total of 5 seconds downloading it.
So, do I have to install?[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258301"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]
Yes.

Program to download album covers

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Man, if you add configuration for the directory naming patterns this will be godlike
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I'd like to second this

Thanks for releasing this.

Program to download album covers

Reply #11
I pointed this at my shared music folder (which has over 90 sub-folders in it) and it only found the folder that had wpl files in it.  Is this how it is supposed to work?  How do I get it to find the other folders?

Program to download album covers

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And if you wanna post bugs feel free, although I'm assuming this is sort of a one-time use program so I doubt there will be too much desire to fix whatever bugs may crop up.
[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258241"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]


Wow.  Best album art tool I've used to date. A few thoughts:

1) Are you using Amazon?  If so, consider allowing for searches against multiple sites.  amazon.cu.uk, amazon.de, even .jp.  often the other sites will have art or large-format art that the US site does not have.

2) Consider letting user added other album name format types.  Or specifically add the following: Artist/(Year) Album or Album.

3) Automatically convert underscores to spaces before you search.

4) Allow user to manually alter the auto-query.

5) Autotagging the file?  I know you are considering supporting embedded images (APIC tag) for your foobar plugin.  Would be wonderful to have the images added using this tool.

Btw, only saving the last-clicked image is a GREAT idea.
+Reardon

Program to download album covers

Reply #13
I have now installed, and it looks very promising, but it seems I have to join in on the customisable patterns request, to be able to use it.

Here's my directory pattern:
Sort Genre\
Artist - Album (or) Artist\Artist - Album (or) Artist\Artist - [date] - Album

1) if I've only got one album by that particular artist
2) if I've got more than one album
3) if I've cared to organise albums in that directory by date.

("Sort genre" is: Punk, Rock, Electronica, Rap and so on...)

Maybe I should consider changing to a more consistent pattern like artist\[date] album, even though it's harder to browse. 

Program to download album covers

Reply #14
Nice program but could you add support for m4a files? So far it only recognizes mp3.

Also making the directory path user costumizable would be a nice feature.

Program to download album covers

Reply #15
This will rock as soon as it supports my dir config (Artist - Album).

Also, maybe www.discogs.com would be a good source too as I have a lot of vinyls that they have pics for.

Any way, thanks for the tool.

Tony

Program to download album covers

Reply #16
my config is (ARTIST - YEAR - ALBUM) so it doesnt work

Program to download album covers

Reply #17
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1) Are you using Amazon?  If so, consider allowing for searches against multiple sites.  amazon.cu.uk, amazon.de, even .jp.  often the other sites will have art or large-format art that the US site does not have.

2) Consider letting user added other album name format types.  Or specifically add the following: Artist/(Year) Album or Album.

3) Automatically convert underscores to spaces before you search.

4) Allow user to manually alter the auto-query.

5) Autotagging the file?  I know you are considering supporting embedded images (APIC tag) for your foobar plugin.  Would be wonderful to have the images added using this tool.

Btw, only saving the last-clicked image is a GREAT idea.
+Reardon
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1) Yeah, it queries amazon.com. I was thinking of adding localization for amazon.uk, amazon.jp etc, but if you say they have alternate/better covers I could add an option on which to search.

2)Artist/(Year) Album is already an option, see below for more info on new directory structures

3)Done.

4)Will do.

5)Sorry if I confused anyone, I'm not the author of foo_albumlist.dll

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Nice program but could you add support for m4a files? So far it only recognizes mp3.[a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=258344"][{POST_SNAPBACK}][/a]
I'm not sure your exact problem, the program doesn't even look at the files in the directory. They could be empty for all it cares. You might have the wrong Directory Structure selected, or I just might not have an option for your file structure, see below.




Thanks for the compliments and for everyone testing it out

I actually didn't think that people had such a wide variance of file structures for their music. The prog was hacked together really quickly solely to accomodate my music  and get album covers, I had no original intention of actually putting it up for download, and so it's not very flexible in that regard.

So... I'm going to recode it to allow for custom directory structures to be entered. In the meantime, here's the current version with a few small edits:
*edit album image filename
*replace underscore with space
*saves directory on program close
[a href="http://team.thenexusnet.com/nexus/downloads/MyPrograms/AAA/AlbumArtAggregator_latestversion.zip]here[/url]

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1) Are you using Amazon?  If so, consider allowing for searches against multiple sites.  amazon.cu.uk, amazon.de, even .jp.  often the other sites will have art or large-format art that the US site does not have.
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1) Yeah, it queries amazon.com. I was thinking of adding localization for amazon.uk, amazon.jp etc, but if you say they have alternate/better covers I could add an option on which to search.
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You could also make it automaticly try other sites if one has no covers for given album. I have hacked albumart downloader (the one written in Python) to do it, and find it very comfortable.

Program to download album covers

Reply #19
It's good to know I always have the latest version!

Program to download album covers

Reply #20
It would be nice, if the settings could be placed in the "%appdata%\AlbumArtAggregator" folder and not in the folder of the Application.

Regards, Lars

Program to download album covers

Reply #21
Nice looking tool, here are a couple others I have found and use for my Toaster plugin for winamp:

http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ndpost&p=257984
/edit:corrected link.

In particular, I like the tools that look in the folder at the files and pull the album name from the ID3 tag. The .NET one of those tools comes with the source, and does this, so perhaps you could look at that? It would be neat if you supported it.

/Edit: The album art tool seems to have been upgraded to a GUI app now, looks pretty nice:

http://str8dog.com/archive/2004/06/23/1232.aspx

Program to download album covers

Reply #22
hey, pretty cool.  'cept i'm one of the few ppl who use long filenames and no folder structure (just 27 folders for the alphabet).  so, could it be made to look into the tags to get its info?  also, with a lot of indie/alt/etc and not necessarily properly named albums, it would be nice to have it get something close or just anything by the artist to choose from.

i realize you didnt set out to make the be all- end all d/ler for everyone with every crazy structure/problem/anomolies/idiosyncrasy.

one thing that might be usefull to every one is if the folder structure was expanded, so you didnt have to do it every time.

thanks

Program to download album covers

Reply #23
Very nice app.!
But I use a different dir config... I'm waiting for the version with customisable path . 
BTW, You know that at Walmart the covers are 500*500? (I am insatiable )

Program to download album covers

Reply #24
Hello, that`s a fine tool. But i got one suggestion: When i press the Get Albums button it will load the Album list only until the first folder with ogg vorbis files in it is reached. I think this is a bug?!? I suppose your tool expects only mp3s in the folders - is that right?

Greets

 
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