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Does anyone get album artwork showing when music is played?
I've updated the gracenote database to version 7 and song details appear but never any Album Artwork.
The border is there, does it need to be set on or initialised?
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yes used the EU version. The artwork hasn't appeared since taking delivery of car. Does it appear for just radio or for bluetooth devices or all? Manual provides no help at all.
 

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It appears for all when a match is found, plus if you are playing radio, usually the radio station's banner shows up as a default until an album match is found. Playing music on my USB drive, the album art on the drive seems to be the initial image with the Gracenote image overriding if a match is found.


You can get rid of the blank frame with a tweak, so it isn't so obvious that the artwork is missing ;)
 

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Any update on this? I suspect this is a bug with the version of Mazda Connect used by Fiat, as I test drove a MX-5 before getting my Abarth and it DID have album artwork for my iPhone.

Exact same setup (iPhone 7+ w/ Apple Music) on the 124 shows nothing.

I called Fiat about this issue but haven't heard back.
 

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Anyone else having this issue? This is hitting me as well. I've tried reinstalling the update with the version 7 but no go. Yes I've tried turning it off and on. ;)
 

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If you're looking for the Gracenote music database update, see my blog article. It won't change how the artwork displays, it just updates the database such that if that particular song is playing with a ID# that Gracenote recognizes, it will display the respective artwork. If the phone isn't paired with Connect properly, that may be causing that data not to follow through.
 

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If you're looking for the Gracenote music database update, see my blog article. It won't change how the artwork displays, it just updates the database such that if that particular song is playing with a ID# that Gracenote recognizes, it will display the respective artwork. If the phone isn't paired with Connect properly, that may be causing that data not to follow through.
well darn i really wanted the artwork i think the plane black is ugly :( well what about the speedo in the corner and altitude?

so what did this update do then??
 

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If the artwork issue hasn't been solved you could try disabling the bluetooth connection for music (leaving just phone) and just connect via USB for music. This is the only way it works for me.

It may also be dependant on how you've put your music on your device, file names etc, if all the tags have been stripped out/not present (right click track 'get info' on iTunes for example) the track may not be identified.
 

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The artwork does appear with Pandora. It does not appear with sat radio or HD radio. Obviously source dependant.
 

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Is any body in Europe seeing album artwork from their phone? I'm certainly not. Seems to me to be a poor implementation to have to use a database which is out of date anyway. I have a newish Jag that just takes the artwork embedded in the music files, much more sensible.

Has anyone tried any phone other than iphone (7 in my case)

I think any reference here to artwork showing for radio is referring to US satellite or HD radio, not vailable in the UK.
 

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Actually, no artwork is displayed for XM satellite radio as the app in the firmware is old. It works for HD radio though, if the station broadcasts the Gracenote data. Actually, Gracenote it is supposed to work for analog AM and FM, as well as DAB, but I haven't seen artwork displayed for those modes. European stations must not be on board yet.

Regarding your Jag displaying the artwork embedded in the music files, our systems do that too via USB, but perhaps not via Bluetooth. When you rip your music, that data has to be added by your software; I know Windows Media Player does that.
 

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Actually, no artwork is displayed for XM satellite radio as the app in the firmware is old. It works for HD radio though, if the station broadcasts the Gracenote data. Actually, Gracenote it is supposed to work for analog AM and FM, as well as DAB, but I haven't seen artwork displayed for those modes. European stations must not be on board yet.

Regarding your Jag displaying the artwork embedded in the music files, our systems do that too via USB, but perhaps not via Bluetooth. When you rip your music, that data has to be added by your software; I know Windows Media Player does that.
Aha, thanks, you made me look again. I was so used seeing the Jag options, where 'Bluetooth Audio' option is replaced by 'iPod' when I connect my phone. On the Fiat, the Bluetooth connection is always visible, which is what I was selecting. Scrolling down you see the USB - Apple device (as long as it is plugged in of course). Selecting this option does indeed display the artwork embedded in the music file.

I should have realised as I knew the Jag didn't display art work when just connected via Bluetooth.

Definitely no artwork on radio here, not even a blank square in anticipation.

Thanks again.. and for putting together all the tips and advice on your blog.
 

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Okay...two days and no responses. How about this question...does anyone reading this get album artwork on their Sirius/XM stations in their Spider?
 

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All I have ever been able to get album art from is HD radio and any device plugged into the usb ports. Never have seen it over Bluethooth using multiple devices and multiple versions of firmware. Sirius in my area never showed album art either.
 

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All I have ever been able to get album art from is HD radio and any device plugged into the usb ports. Never have seen it over Bluethooth using multiple devices and multiple versions of firmware. Sirius in my area never showed album art either.
Thanks for the response tlrominger! Has there ever been any explanation as to why that you or anyone else has seen? My girlfriend had a 2013 Jeep Cherokee and it always showed artwork for anything, Sirius included. It's just bizarre that the "high end Bose" radio choice doesn't have that.
 
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