Originally Posted by MarkHotchkiss
I just tested the cover-art on my Neo, using 'genre' as you did, to get a more accurate feel. It is as you said, although it loads fast enough that it doesn't bother me.
When I go into a genre for the first time, the icons are all the default-blue images. It takes about two seconds for the whole screen to change to the correct art. If I then leave that view and then come back into it, the art is correct and does not need to reload. If I go and look at other covers and then come back, it may or may not need to reload. I guess that means that it can hold only a limited amount of images at a time.
I'm using an 8 gbyte USB stick for an image-cache, plugged into the back. I was never able to get an SD card to work in my Neo. I will try with and without an image-cache later, and try to see if size does matter.
Your 'folder.jpg' issue is strange. Maybe it's something that the newer versions of Windows does, or maybe it's done by your ripping/downloading/music management software. My music sits on a Linux NAS and I'm still using Win XP to manage it manually.
OK, so I tried a 4 gig USB stick and it was significantly faster than what I had been experiencing with the SD card. Maybe not perfect, but I could probably live with it.
Not wanting to give up on the SD card, I used Windows to re-format it. (FAT 32; same as it was out of the box). It’s faster now, but… it’s inconsistent. While browsing through my largest Genre (only 145 albums), in certain places it’s at least as fast as with the USB stick, but then, in other places (within the very same Genre directory; with exactly the same kind of files; and, with the same kind of tagging.), it’s too slow just like before. Very confusing.
Anyway, I’m still thinking about it. I guess I’ll end up using the USB stick, but I think the SD card might be a slightly more elegant way to go, if I could only get it to work correctly.
As to the hidden folder.jpg files, my music is on a Win7 computer. Maybe it has something to do with Win7 or its implementation of Windows Media Center? I know that all my embedded/tagged cover art shows up perfectly in WMC and WMP. (As you no doubt know, I did have to install some stuff to get Windows to be flac capable.)