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I'm using a tool to generate the sitemap.xml file for me, it started to crawl my website, got the pages and all images, but when exporting it, I review the XML (to make sure nothing is wrong) and I noticed that the images in my website are wrapped in URL tags (I think it should be in image tags).
See this:

<url><loc>http://mywebsite.com/images/12.jpg</loc><lastmod>2012-05-23T13:39:02+00:00</lastmod><changefreq>weekly</changefreq><priority>0.50</priority></url>
Shouldn't it be wrapped in image tag? (just like videos wrapped in video tag)

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That doesn't look correct for images being listed in a sitemap, I would use another sitemap generator. The example below is from Google's Webmaster Central blog post about adding images to your sitemap

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
   xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1">
  <url>
    <loc>http://example.com/sample.html</loc>
    <image:image>
        <image:loc>http://example.com/image.jpg</image:loc>
    </image:image>
  </url>
</urlset>

And more information can also be found here about image sitemaps http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=178636

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Yeah images are better in a separate image sitemap. –  DisgruntledGoat Jun 3 '12 at 11:43

If the tool is inserting images into loc it is either very old or configured incorrectly or buggy :)

You should, like others have said create separate image sitemap, video sitemap etc. that features such content.

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