Some troubles using Picard and the MusicBrainz database

Hi guys!

Several months after installing Picard, i finally decided to use it and put some order in my music!

So i started until i had an album which was not in the database, i added it manualy but Picard won’t recognize it.

Here is the release page on the MB database. What did i did wrong? Is there a way to tell Picard what album it is by giving it the MBID of the release or something?

Also i have some issues with the cover of several albums. On the database there is no cover, only the Amazon one, and Picard won’t import it, so i upload the cover myself on the database, but even so Picard refuse to import it. I have to drag and drop it in Picard.

Can someone help me please?

Hi @Urgo8

I’m certainly not a Picard specialist but:

How did you try to have Picard recognize it?

One possibility is to browse the website after using the album search in Picard (top right icon): this should show you a green clickable icon (Tagger) on release pages. Clicking on it will load the tracklist in Picard.

See e.g. Release group “Catharsis Act I” by 8Control - MusicBrainz or Release “Catharsis Act I” by 8Control - MusicBrainz (notice the ?tport=8000 that triggers the green icon display on each release of the group)

Hope this helps


This help a lot, thank you very much. I didn’t knew about the Tagger icon!

I was using the Lookup icon in Picard.

I still have the issue with the cover of the album. In the case of this album Picard didn’t showed the cover on the bottom rigth where it should yet the cover is on the database.

The “lookup CD” icon will look for the CD fingerprint (discID, doc) in the database. In order for this to be successful somebody must already have made the association between release and discID on this page: Release “Catharsis Act I” by 8Control - Disc IDs - MusicBrainz

I’m not sure here. Check the “cover art” page in Picard options maybe?

I unchecked a couple of box and it seems to work. Thank you a lot! ^^

Well i have a new problem now, i have an album for which Picard found all the infos, and when i want to save it, all the songs are in red with a red no entry sing in front of them.

Hi (and thanks for contributing!),

(Most of) the Picard right-pane icons are described at

1 Like

Can you check and see if you can write to the files.
On a network drive you may be able to read the files but not write them.

No problem! ^^

Great, thank you.

Here is what is said in the Error/Debug log :

[quote]E: 11:29:43 Traceback (most recent call last):
File “picard\util\thread.pyo”, line 46, in run
File “picard\file.pyo”, line 172, in _save_and_rename
File “picard\formats\id3.pyo”, line 424, in _save
File “picard\formats\mutagenext\compatid3.pyo”, line 114, in save
IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: u’D:\Music\Ad Patres - Scorn Aesthetics (2012) - Copie\10 - All That Remains.mp3’[/quote]

No i have no problem to write “manually” on those files, but obviously there is an issue for Picard to do it. I don’t really understand why there is a problem, all my music is at the same place.

Picard 1.4 was released a few weeks ago, so you may want to make sure you have that latest version. Esp. cover art handling has got a lot of updates since 1.3.2. :slight_smile:

I had the 1.3.2, just updated, thank you.

For the no entry sign problems it seems my file was indeed in read only which is weird cause i was able to manually change their names, but i works now.

1 Like

I’ve also triggered this multiple times because the destination drive specified in Options > File Naming is not connected :wink: