1- I personally only ever embed art in my ID3 tags. Been doing it for more years than I care to admit and have never had a problem. Be sure to use standard JPG images though.
2- Not sure most players will stretch embedded art. My gear is kinda old and not so bleeding edge. I suppose this is possible. For sure, larger images get squashed down as needed to fit the displays of the particular player. When you have a target device nailed down, I would ask on those particular forums.
3- Not sure there are any standard dimensions. I am using Rockbox on several players and sadly, RB does not natively support embedded artwork. Still, there are super easy applets which automatically parse and resize my embedded artwork to the proper dimensions I need on that particular Rockbox'd player. [e.g. for my Fuze, I use 125x125 and for my Toshiba Gigabeat F40 I believe I use 240x240].
Just a note: the high side of your embedded files seems waaaaay too big and is IMO a waste of space. 2MB for a 1200x1200 image is too much overhead since you are embedding in tags and I am gonna guess that players might choke on that kinda size.
My entire 15k track library has max album art size embedded of 600x600, with file sizes no more than 75-100k.
If my experience is any indication, this is pretty ideal as I have almost never had any issues on any of my players capable of displaying artwork.
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