I can't seem to find an inbuilt way to have Rhythmbox fetch album art for tracks -- stock plugins also don't help. Is there any external package that could do that, or am I maybe missing something?
AlbumArtSearch is a third party plug in for Rhythmbox that will search for and download the cover art for the currently playing track. Unfortunately, it doesn't run in the background automatically, though the fact that you can refine searches makes sure you get the covers that you are actually looking for.
First install the two dependencies:
Next download the plugin. You can get it at the link above or run:
Finally you need to extract it in the folder
You need to install the rhythmbox-plugins package then enable the 'Cover Art' plugin in Edit>Plugins:
Now, when you rip your CDs, the album art will be added automatically.
Out of the box, rhythmbox has the ability to extract coverart from art embedded within tracks themselves (for example mp3 files), or from MusicBrainz & LastFM websites.
For the coverart to appear you need to play a track and then the Coverart Plugin takes over and fetches the artwork.
There are a few issues with this:
From Rhythmbox v2.97 and above you can manually change coverart by dragging and dropping covers onto the coverart area. I've explained this approach in this Q&A:
The rhythmbox coverart browser makes downloading covers very simple.
First - you can select multiple albums or all albums and the plugin will download all the covers for you automatically i.e. you dont need to play individual tracks (but you can also continue doing this as well if you so wish):
You can manually update all Rhythmbox versions since RB2.96 using the inbuilt Google powered cover finder:
Further more, you have the ability to tailor where you want coverart to be downloaded from - and there are more providers possible than the default rhythmbox coverplugin:
All covers downloaded by the coverart browser plugin are visible also through the coverart icon shown in the toolbar.
See the installation instructions described in the links below.
It would be useful to know what version of Ubuntu you are using. I use Ubuntu 10.04. In my Rhythmbox the cover art wasn't shown, too. But in the Plugins dialog there is a cover plugin. Initially it was checked. I unchecked it and checked it again. And then the area of the album art was shown and the album art of playing songs is also downloaded now.
Additionally there are other plugings, which you could try: