I am using XLD (output is Apple Lossless) on macOS to rip my CD's and then I organise the files/folders in Music.app and edit the meta data if needed. When XLD retrieves the cover art (album art) Bluos will show the art correctly for the albums. However in some cases XLD can't find cover art and in those cases I will add it within Music.app.
I have read the knowledge base article on album art, and understand that Bluos is quite specific about the embedded art. As such I make sure I download the art as .jpg and at max 1024x1024px dimension. The file size is quite low (between 100-250KB). I am sure to drag and drop the jpg file rather than copy paste as Music.app will default to .png format when copy pasting. Lastly I make sure that the album meta data (album title, album artist, etc) is consistent across the album tracks (although XLD ensures this as well).
I also use the "Optimize Artwork" function as I appreciate faster browsing. The files are stored on macOS Catalina and shared over SMB. I have purged the index many times, and I have selected "Reload artwork" on all my clients (macOS and iOS).
The artwork that is imported through XLD will show correctly for albums and songs. However the album art added through Music.app doesn't show for the album, even though it shows for the songs. I have included a screenshot of the album in Bluos as well as the sample .jpg that was embedded.
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