Ive been looking for a tutorial like yours for ages but after having done everything that you have described it still doesnt work. As i have got Windows Media player 11 installed i could not find the option to show attached images? Is there anything else i could try?
With help needed on this subject on other sites, I decided to write one guide and post it on the forums I use. Please ask if you have any questions- here it is:
Load Windows Media Player 10 (WMP10) and make sure your tracks have already been added to the media library.
Right-click on each album or track and select 'Find Album Info'.
It should find the album info and the album art most of the time. If not, try searching ('Search' button) for the same artist or album- most of the time it will come up with several results for the same album, some with art some without. Just select one with. If not, see further down- you can still work around this.
If it finds the info and album art, then click 'Finish' and it will make sure your tracks are 'tagged' correctly with the right song names and album name, as well as assign the album art to each track. It does this by saving 'hidden' jpg picture files in the same folder as the tracks. To see them, in any window click on 'Tools' and 'Folder options'- then click the 'View' tab and click 'Show hidden files and folders', then apply. You should then see a number of picture files in the tracks folder (change how you view the folder to 'thumbnails' to actually see the files as album pictures).
Check the size of each file by left clicking on it once and looking at the details on the left of the window. Anything below 30Kb should be fine- your YP-Z5 will automatically display this album art now when you transfer the track/s over to it (also, if using WMP10 to sync with the player, in the options make sure 'enable picture support for devices' is ticked).
If the size is bigger than that, try it- use WMP10 to transfer the track to your player. If the album art is on there, fine. If it doesn't display then the art is too big and the file needs to shrink in size (that's the file memory, not picture size in pixels). The way to do this is very simple. For each jpg file, right-click and 'open with' then select 'Paint', Then, when you have the file loaded into Paint, select 'File' then 'Save'- this will automatically overwrite the file with what looks to be the same quality picture, but with a lot smaller file size, and should be small enough now for you to transfer the track/s over and have your album art displayed.
Unfortunately, Samsung haven't given any clues as to what limit exactly we have on album art file size, but anything over 50Kb normally has to be reduced.
Okay- that's all you need to do if all has gone well. However, sometimes when you 'Find Album Info' in WMP10, it does not find album art to go with your tracks. There are two ways you can go about 'cheating' your art to be displayed if this happens.
The first and easiest way, is to search for a jpg picture file of the album art on the internet (I use google image search or even right-click on the album image and save from an online cd store!!) and save it in your tracks folder for safe keeping. Make sure it is the right size pixel-wise (try not to go above 200x200- reduce in Paint if so) and memory wise (follow steps above if too big). Once you have transfered your tracks over in WMP10, you can then manually 'drag-and-drop' the album art jpg file into the tracks folder on the player (under 'Music', '(Artist)', '(Album)'). Once you have dragged the picture file to the correct folder on the player, you will then have album art displayed for that album.
The other way to do it is to make WMP10 'think' it has found the right album art for the tracks, then you change it to the right album art. The advantage of this is you never have to manually copy a picture over with your tracks. The disadvantage is it is more time consuming and complicated to do in the first place. Here goes. Firstly, make a note of your track names and the order they are in. Secondly, find an album name online that you know you will never own (I can't stand rap, so I always pick rap albums), making sure it has at least the same amount of tracks as the album you want the art for. Thirdly, find album info from an internet search for the album you want art for (as above) and save it in a spare folder. Then 'Find Album Info', but search for the album you know you will never own and find info that has album art, then 'Finish'- this will change the track tags to the wrong song names and wrong album name etc, but will assign album art even though it is the wrong album art. What you must then do is rename the track songs and album etc to the correct ones, by right-clicking and 'Edit' (for the album name, drag over the songs in that one album to highlight them all, before right-clicking the album column- this will change all the tracks in one go). Then all that's needed is to change the album art to the correct one. Have two windows on the screen- one of your tracks folder with the wrong art files displayed, and the other of the folder with the art you found from the internet. For each of the wrong album art files, do the following: Right click and 'Rename', hold 'Ctrl' and press 'C'- then right click on the correct album art picture and 'Rename', then hold 'Ctrl' and press 'V'. This will easily and quickly rename the correct album art file to the same name of one of the wrong ones (as you can see the file names can be long coded affairs). Then just drag it over to the tracks folder (holding 'Ctrl' as you do- this will merely copy the file and not move it completely). Do this with all the jpg files so they all are the correct album art (don't forget to use the 'thumbnail' view to actually see the files as pictures rather than logo's). Play your track/s in WMP10 to double check the correct album art displays for your tracks, then transfer to the player as normal- you should then see the album art displayed with your tracks!!