I was looking through my music collection while hidden files were shown, and I noticed that almost every directory/album has a folder in it named mediaartlocal, which contains a jpg file with an album cover thumbnail, having a name such as:


about 40K size.

It might be from Google's play music app, to perhaps locally cache the album covers, mainly because it's the only app I can think of that might want to do this kind of thing. But before I delete them all, I'd like to know where they come from.


I think these files were created using the Gnome Media Art Storage Spec.

Applications like Banshee use this protocol to store cover art/thumbnails for music and other media files. I don't know if Google Music uses this or not, but its a good possibility.

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    I just did a find on my music folder, and there are no new copies, so it must not be anything I'm using now. It's possible it was created when I uploaded files to Google Music - I'll check next time I do that. – Marty Fried Feb 9 '13 at 4:57

Clementine just created those folders in my collection.

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  • Looking at invalid Clementine bug #3714, no, Clementine doesn't do that. It must rather be some GNOME process or maybe Tracker. – Ronan Jouchet Jun 15 '16 at 15:58

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