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  1. Desdemona's Avatar
    Hi all
    I currently own a Samsung Omnia 7. I also own a Zune HD. I knew from beforehand that the zune player updates metadata information automatically to provide us with those gorgeous background artist displays.
    The problem? My WP7 doesn't. Atleast till now. I haven't had it for a long time, maybe just a week, and was hoping that sooner or later it will all turn up, but zilch till now!
    What could be the reason? Could it be the device's fault? (Please no:(..!)
    I also understand that sometimes, some obscure artists never end up showing on the metadata, but even popular ones, like Eminem, Alicia Keys are not turning up. I have my ID3 tags meticulously arranged so I don't think the problem lies there too.
    Help Please!
    05-30-2011 08:51 PM
  2. kregstrong's Avatar
    U mean when ur playing music or what? I'm confused haha

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    05-30-2011 09:00 PM
  3. jimski's Avatar
    Are you in a country with access to Zune? My art did not show up the first time till I streamed something from Zune, even a 30 second preview track. That would at least confirm all is well.

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    05-30-2011 09:40 PM
  4. Desdemona's Avatar
    [QUOTE=kregstrong;1549977]U mean when ur playing music or what? I'm confused haha

    Lol,yeah, I can assume it does sound a bit confusing, and yeah, I mean when I am playing music. Lets say I play a song by linkin park, so we have the album art and the toggles, and then we have the "background image" of the artist. For me, be it any artist, its just not showing up:(
    05-30-2011 10:05 PM
  5. Desdemona's Avatar
    I am in Australia. The zune pass is not supported here, but everything else is. I have had a zune hd for a long time now, and did not face any problems with that. Thats why am confused.
    05-30-2011 10:07 PM
  6. kregstrong's Avatar
    So when ur playing music is there supposed to have a background pic of them while the music playing? Or like a screensaver like on the Zune hd? Or what? Lol

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    05-31-2011 12:07 AM
  7. Winterfang's Avatar
    So when ur playing music is there supposed to have a background pic of them while the music playing? Or like a screensaver like on the Zune hd? Or what? Lol

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    He just mean the background picture that appears on the player and live title. Make sure you are connected to 3G or Wifi TC. If you have a weak connection the picture will not download.
    05-31-2011 12:09 AM
  8. kregstrong's Avatar
    Why doesn't wp7 have that screensaver the Zune had, that was so sweet when music was playing

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    05-31-2011 12:40 AM
  9. Desdemona's Avatar
    He just mean the background picture that appears on the player and live title. Make sure you are connected to 3G or Wifi TC. If you have a weak connection the picture will not download.
    I tried that too. am always connected to wifi at my home. I just cant seem to place my finger on why this is happening..
    05-31-2011 01:53 AM
  10. aapold's Avatar
    I kept wanting to edit them on my Zune HD, having been upset at the images they used. I asked this question awhile back on zunerama and got the following response. The images are kept by the zune software in:

    C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Zune\Art Cache

    (on windows 7... probably C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\.... for xp...)

    However, the guy who identified this noted the images are registered to the artist in a zunestore.sdf database. So all you could do is swap out an image with another one (keepign the name and size the same) but you couldn't add one to an artist that didn't get one. He also mentioned the zunestore.sdf database was kept in

    \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Zune

    but said this was not something that could be edited. I don't know if anyone has cracked this. But it would be worth checking at least to see if images are being kept there.

    Again caveat this was all for Zune HD, don't know if it applies at all to WP7.
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    05-31-2011 11:00 AM
  11. Winterfang's Avatar
    Why doesn't wp7 have that screensaver the Zune had, that was so sweet when music was playing

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    Probably because of battery concerns. Mango does have the picture as a screensaver but is not multiple pictures with cool grandients and artist information that Zune has on PC and Xbox.
    05-31-2011 11:01 AM
  12. aapold's Avatar
    The logical thing would be to have the screensaver, but use it when connected to power only. Or better yet let you control when to use it, based on power situation/setting.
    05-31-2011 11:03 AM
  13. Winterfang's Avatar
    Yeah, I wouldn't mind sacrificing my battery for prettying up my phone.
    05-31-2011 11:49 AM
  14. flyeaglesfly's Avatar
    Why doesn't wp7 have that screensaver the Zune had, that was so sweet when music was playing

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    pretty sure that is going to be included in the mango update with the smart dj feature
    05-31-2011 12:03 PM
  15. aapold's Avatar
    If you haven't used SmartDJ before it is actually really cool. That, coupled with the freedom to download whatever you want from zunepass is a great way to discover new music. Its kind of a philosophy thing, the itunes model steers you into the same stuff you already like, where you have to be careful what you buy because it is a purchase, while zune encourages you to try stuff. If you don't like it, hey, you tried it and move on.
    05-31-2011 01:53 PM
  16. Winterfang's Avatar
    Well I'm just loving my Zune pass. It's the trial but I haven't used my Ipod since and just rock my Zune music on my Xbox ( at this very moment is on ). I'm gonna miss it.
    05-31-2011 04:27 PM
  17. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Well I'm just loving my Zune pass. It's the trial but I haven't used my Ipod since and just rock my Zune music on my Xbox ( at this very moment is on ). I'm gonna miss it.
    I agree Winterfang, Zune Pass is amazing, i'm onto my 3rd monthtly treat. I originally just treated myself to a month to see if I would like or use it. (Cheap ebay codes)

    Don't think i can do without it now to be honest. So handy streaming on the Xbox and your mobile.
    05-31-2011 04:51 PM
  18. Winterfang's Avatar
    I would love streaming on my phone but my carrier 3G is beyond terrible. I can't wait for the 4G phones.
    05-31-2011 06:18 PM
  19. VelJharig's Avatar
    I am in Australia. The zune pass is not supported here, but everything else is. I have had a zune hd for a long time now, and did not face any problems with that. Thats why am confused.
    Desdemona, I don't think the Music Marketplace is available in Australia. If you can only purchase apps and video from the marketplace, you won't get any of the music meta-data in Zune. As far as the general community can tell, this is one of the known issues with the Zune implementation on WP7.

    Feature and service availability | Windows Phone 7

    HELP: How can i get WP7 Zune to show album/artist backgrounds? - Page 3 - xda-developers

    Hey I want to know what I have to do to get background images in my - Microsoft Answers

    When will the full Zune marketplace experience come to Australia? - Microsoft Answers


    Hope that helps... though it's not the answer you were looking for.
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    05-31-2011 07:14 PM
  20. Desdemona's Avatar
    Desdemona, I don't think the Music Marketplace is available in Australia. If you can only purchase apps and video from the marketplace, you won't get any of the music meta-data in Zune. As far as the general community can tell, this is one of the known issues with the Zune implementation on WP7.

    Feature and service availability | Windows Phone 7

    HELP: How can i get WP7 Zune to show album/artist backgrounds? - Page 3 - xda-developers

    Hey I want to know what I have to do to get background images in my - Microsoft Answers

    When will the full Zune marketplace experience come to Australia? - Microsoft Answers


    Hope that helps... though it's not the answer you were looking for.
    Hey man, thanks for your reply. I guess I will have to learn to live without it. By the way, with the new MANGO features announced, does anyone reckon things are going to change now? I remember reading that zune services will be spreading out, but no actual confirmation. MS is notorious with these announcements, since it never seems to arrive:(
    06-27-2011 10:49 AM
  21. farooknaji's Avatar
    Here I go reviving a super old thread but...

    I'm in the UK which has had access to Zune Pass for a while but I still can't get the artist backgrounds to appear. Album art shows up fine. All my songs are tagged well.

    I've tried the trick of previewing a song in the Zune Music Marketplace and the artist background appears on those songs, but if I play same artist from my local mp3s then again there is no background.

    I'm also unable to use Smart DJ. I get this error:

    Smart DJ error
    We're having trouble creating this Smart DJ mix. In Settings, make sure the Connect with Zune option is turned on, and connect your phone to your PC.

    Obviously I've checked that Connect with Zune is switched on, i've connected to my PC (well, my Mac using the Zune Connector).

    This is really frustrating as Zune was one of the big drawing points for me to switch from Android. I used to use Fede's UberMusic app which was a clone, and the Artist backgrounds worked fine on that.
    12-09-2011 05:07 AM
  22. tissotti's Avatar
    Bah seems like Finland doesn't have Music Marketplace either. Was expecting to see this as i already had artist backgrounds working back in the days on my Zune HD. :(

    I hope they did something to this so it's not linked to Music Marketplace. Silly small way to make the regional differences for a thing that really should not have that.
    12-26-2011 02:28 PM
  23. ayopancheezy's Avatar
    Zune Social Tagger seems to have done the trick. i don't have EVERY single artist background in my phone, but far more significant than before.
    12-29-2011 04:51 PM
  24. bentheoandrews's Avatar
    Ok, just been having issues with this myself. I've tried Zune Social Tagger but it doesn't seem to work on many artists. One thing that does (and it takes FOREVER and only works if you have a zune pass) is to go through your collection and download a track for each artist you need a background image for. Even if you don't want that track, you can go back and delete it without losing the link. This also helps the problem with the "Marketplace" link not working.
    Hope this helps.
    01-24-2012 08:36 AM
  25. 321hans123's Avatar
    Hi there,

    I had the same problem. Just a few artist backgrounds appeared on my Windows Phone.

    I solved it according to a hint from RedPill
    RedPill: Windows Phone: Zune Artist Background Image Issue [Solved]

    For me it worked already just by changing the Windows live contact details (go to live.com>login>profile>details>contact info) and the Windows phone location to English (U.S.) (in the Phone menu go to Settings>Region+Language).

    After the restart, a lot more background artist pictures appeared. Not all but way more.

    After doing that I changed my Windows phone location back to german and it still works. I dont know, if this will still work when I synch new artists. Maybe I have to change the language settings again, but it was a big step forward for now.

    so far...
    02-26-2012 04:51 AM
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