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In order to have artwork displayed, the mp3 files need to be created with a program that adds ID3v2 tags (preferably ID3v2.3). If the files are created with an older ripping program ("ripping program" is a program you run to convert your CD to mp3 files), it may only generate ID3V1 tags. Some programs do not create ID3 tags at all.
Most modern rippers like CDEX (my favorite), iTunes, Windows Media Player, Exact Audio Copy (audiophile and very complicated), etc will generate ID3v2.3 tags by default.
If you somehow got mp3 files without tags, there are free programs out there that can edit/append your tags. The one I've used is called mp3tag. It's pretty straightforward to use.
Now that we got that out of the way...
Here's my only problem with the displaying of CD artwork on the USB playback screen on my 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE...
First off, the display area is rectangular. No CD artwork is shaped like this. Some mp3 files display the artwork perfectly; unfortunately, most do not. Instead, the artwork is stretched to fill the area, making everything look tall and skinny.
Does anyone know why some artwork is stretched and some is not?