I’ve been a MusicBrainz/Picard contributor/user for the last few years. One of the things I started to depend on MusicBrainz/Picard for (aside from the community maintained repository) is embedding album art into my library. Since the last time I maintained my library with Picard, something major seemed to change, which I’m not entirely sure what. Albums Picard used to embed artwork into, no longer seem to have any artwork. Even worse, Picard seems to delete the existing embedded album art.
After a bit of digging, it looked like Picard was only fetching artwork from Cover Art Archive (even with all sources enabled). According to the debug log, the Amazon (and whitelist) requests always seem to fail, which I’m not sure is or isn’t related to the ASIN seemingly being removed from the tags.
Generally the quality with Cover Art Archive seems to be at least an order of magnitude better than Amazon, which seriously is awesome. Although the archive is kind of sparse for my library at the moment (at least the less popular stuff for now). So, as a user, it’s kind of seems like two steps forward and three steps back.
So, I guess my questions are…
- Why is Picard deleting existing album artwork (without replacement artwork)?
- Why isn’t Amazon a viable source anymore?
- How do I contribute to CAA (BMP, PNG, etc…)?
- When did CAA go live?
I checked the Discogs links for a lot of the albums that are missing artwork also, and it does seem to have better coverage at least for my library (e.g. Smile - Maquee). Is there any reason Picard can’t use Discogs as a source?