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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way Apps
If you want to fill out your iTunes4 library with cover art, the easy way, just do this ... go to allmusic.com and find the album. Just use the Search feature there to find and navigate to your album. Then just drag the image of the cover art directly into itunes4. Be sure to pop open your cover art 'pane' first (the fourth button at the lower left of the window). Voila! Cover art is imported.

[robg adds: There are a number of ways to get cover art in; another hint sumbitter suggested using the iTunes store itself, and then the capture region keystrokes (shift-command and 4) to grab the album cover area to a file, then drag that file into the cover art well.

In my own testing, I found using either allmusic or Amazon to be the easiest way to get the cover art, as you can drag and drop. The only thing I do differently is that I use the album browser to select the album I'm interested in first, then do a Get Info on the album, and drag the artwork into the small artwork box on the Get Info window. Make sure the box next to the area is checked, and then close the box. iTunes will ask if you want to modify artwork for all selected tracks; select Yes and the whole album gets the cover (artwork is otherwise assigned ONLY to the currently selected track).

You can also select multiple tracks in the track list area, but you'd probably have to re-sort your window by album to group them together first.]
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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: stremX on Apr 29, '03 10:17:34AM

Another easy way would be to use the small app named Clutter
by Sprote Research at http://www.sprote.com/clutter/. As
iTunes plays the music, Clutter looks automatically for the cover
on amazon.com and saves it on your HD ~home/Library/
Images/com.sprote/clutter/. After that, all you have to do is
click'n drag in iTunes 4.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: iSean on Apr 29, '03 10:11:26PM

a piggyback on the clutter thing... if you use clutter, use the
'find cover on Amazon' feature (under file menu) to find your
cover art.
Then, once you've found it, click on the art in the lookup
window. Use copy from the edit menu to copy it (can't right
click or control click...). Then, paste it into the 'get info' window
in iTunes via the edit menu. Voila!



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 29, '03 11:00:00AM

For the truly MP3 geeky - have a look at "Clutter"
http://www.sprote.com/clutter/

Grabs cover art for currently playing CD, displays it in a window
and in dock. After you get the cover in the window... drag it out
of the window and it becomes a floating cover art with no title
bars, etc. Right click and you have access to the songes on teh
CD. Very COOL!!



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Even easier?
Authored by: PetWolverine on Apr 29, '03 08:30:22PM

How long before someone posts a script to automate the last
step?

Oh, wait, this is MacOSXHints, not /..

Or maybe that just means it'll be an AppleScript instead of a
shell script.

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: JMTee on Apr 29, '03 11:14:06AM

What am I doing wrong?!? I can add the cover art from allmusic
but the covers appear upside down(!) I'm using Safari Beta 2.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: skier on Apr 29, '03 11:29:31PM

Same thing here, HELP!!!!

s.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: lancelot183 on Apr 30, '03 01:54:08AM

This happened to me as well (upside down and reversed cover art). i
found out that if i downloaded the cover art to my desktop, and then
imported into the album info window, it worked. a rather bothersome
extra step, i think.

kindof a bizarre feature, though... Apple should be notified.

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: mehmet48 on Apr 30, '03 03:20:56AM

I have the same probleme since Safari v62. I could not find
solutions. Help...



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: skinnyjimmy on Apr 29, '03 11:19:03AM
I would highly recommend http://www.walmart.com for album covers - they have a 'view large' option for all their albums, so you can copy hi-res versions into the artwork pane...

And when you double-click the artwork pane, you get a big-ol' copy of the cover!

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: JonD on Apr 29, '03 09:18:20PM

Wow, the images from walmart.com almost show up TOO BIG in iTunes!



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: Cantus on Apr 29, '03 11:12:42PM
If the image is WAAAY to big, it is probably in expanded mode.

Just click the green "Zoom" button in the window to go back to normal size.

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: zedwards on Apr 29, '03 11:21:06AM

Try using Watson--->Amazon which is a quick way to add as well.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: JMTee on Apr 29, '03 11:22:05AM

OK, Safari is the culprit for turning images upside down. When
dragging images from IE everything works fine. Strange.



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Safari's not necessarily the culprit (for upside-down images)...
Authored by: jiclark on Apr 29, '03 11:29:54AM

I used Safari a bunch last night to do just this (from Amazon) and it worked perfectly.

BTW, Amazon also has a "view larger image" option, but I'll have to check out whether WalMart's is better or not.

I just wish there was a way to automate the process! I have more than 20 gigs of MP3s; this is gonna take awhile!!

I love the feature though...

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WALMART *IS* BETTER... SOMETIMES
Authored by: Cantus on Apr 29, '03 11:10:33PM

Walmart has bigger pictures than Amazon, sometimes more
colorful, sharper. Yet sometimes they are way too dark. But
definitely give Walmart a try.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 29, '03 12:22:09PM
Yes there is some sort of bug/interaction with images copied/ dragged from Safari being upside down.... not everyone has the problem though...

Here is a thread on the subject, please chime in so maybe we can solve the problem:

http:// forums.macosxhints.com/ showthread.php?s=&threadid=11120&highlight=Safari

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: seekbus on Apr 29, '03 11:48:44AM

So I found out that itunes stores the album artwork in the music
file. I'm assuming this is the same with the new acc format as it
is with mp3s. I have only personally tested mp3s. Oddly, itunes
recognizes covers added to id3 tags in mp3 rage and audion, but
mp3 rage and audion do not seem to recognize album art added
in itunes. Any additional information gathered would be
appreciated.

On a side note, according to the itunes help files, you can add
multiple images to one song by dragging multiple images at
once into the image well while a song or songs are selected.

Size of the music file will increase determinate on the size of
the image file or files you are adding to the song. A good
estimate seems to be 100k (0.1 MB) or less per song file.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: swanksalot on Apr 29, '03 12:19:23PM

Also a donation-ware program called "ShowCDCover" does same, but saves to folder where song is stored (which for me is by album). Only caveat is that sometimes mis-fires and gets wrong CD cover. Ooops.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 29, '03 01:13:37PM
OK - this is not exactly how to add covers - but its a perl snippet I just picked up that I thought some people might find useful. It will extract cover art from MP3 file. It reauires the MP3::Info perl module. I have been having trouble with CPAN.org for the last week - so I manually installed the perl module. Here is a script to download and install the required perl module:
#!/bin/sh
#
# Installs the MP3::Info perl module
#
# Use: perl -MMP3::Info -e '$x = get_mp3tag(shift, 2, 2); $i = 
$x->{PIC}; $i =~ #      s/^(....).//; ($e = $1) =~ s/\W//g; 
open $f, "> image.$e"; print $f $i'
#      file.mp3
#
# save this script to desktop then chmod 755
#

echo "Installing MP3-Info-1.02 perl module..."
cd ~/Downloads
wget http://unc.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/pudge/MP3-Info-
1.02.tar.gz
tar -zxvf MP3-Info-1.02.tar.gz
cd MP3-Info-1.02
perl Makefile.pl
make
make test
echo -e "Everything checks out - do you want to complete the 
install? [y|n]: \c" 
read ans
if [ $ans = yes ] || [ $ans = y ]; then
sudo make install
echo "MP3-Info-1.02 perl module successfully installed!"
else
echo "Bye"
exit
fi
After installing the perl module you can use a cmd like this to extract the album cover art to a file named image.xxx [xxx is format I assume] in the same directory as the mp3.[p]
perl -MMP3::Info -e '$x = get_mp3tag(shift, 2, 2); $i = 
$x->{PIC}; $i =~ s/^(....).//; ($e = $1) =~ s/\W//g; open $f, 
"> image.$e"; print $f $i' file.mp3
Note I can not take credit for this snippet - I picked it up over on the Clutter site forums so if you use it - you might want to stop by and thank him for it. Sorry about the wrapping above - I don't know whats going on with the forums these days.

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: scribbleed on Apr 29, '03 03:58:20PM

Here's the best way to use Clutter:

1. Make a Smart playlist to show just Track Number 1. The playlist will then show all the 1st song of all your available albums.
2. With Clutter running, play the songs.
3. Clutter will try to get the album cover and save it in ~/Library/Images/com.sprote.clutter/CDs.
4. Some covers might not be found; some wrongly saved if there are more than one cover found (you have to choose manually); some not saved even when found (don't know why but very few).
5. You can let it run through all the playlist, such as overnight and with luck, a majority of your albums will have the cover jpgs, and hopefully the correct ones.

To save the cover with your itunes file, choose Library, then choose your album. Ensure that you Edit/Show Artwork (Command-G), so that the cover space will appear on the bottom left. Select the first song, then Command-A to select all the songs. Drag the jpg from Finder to the space and it will add the picture to the songs.



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Roundabout way to add album art using Konfabulator "iTunesy"
Authored by: robmoggach on Apr 29, '03 05:27:46PM

A bit convoluted but for those of you with Konfabulator, I use
the following approach to extract the album artwork. The
Konfabulator widget iTunesy displays Album artwork for the
current album. If you look at the Package Contents for the
widget, there's a cache folder within which is a file called
"myWebImage". This is a jpeg image of the current track. Drag
it to the album artwork box in iTunes or copy it out of the folder
and rename it. Obviously, make sure you have the "now
playing" option displayed...
Nice because, iTunesy does the searching for you. (worked for
about 75% of my albums...)

Maybe the author of the widget or someone else could post an
applescript to do this automatically?

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: totallyGreg on Apr 29, '03 06:03:21PM

A great tool called Sofa <http://cedmen.chez.tiscali.fr/sofa/> exists that automatically grabs the current playing songs cover and drops it in the album folder for you. If a jpg already exists there it will display it. If it doesn't auto-find it, you can drag an image onto the app and it will toss that image in the appropriate album folder. It also makes it really easy to search google or wallmart for cover images if it doesn't find them automatically for you.

I do not like storing the same image over and over again inside my audio files. It's wasteful and not audio.

Sofa Rocks...



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Use Synergy
Authored by: heavyboots on Apr 29, '03 08:40:54PM

$5 gets you Synergy! A big favorite of mine.

I discovered as an unexpected bonus last night that album covers automatically looked up on Amazon and dumped into ~/Library/Application Support/Album Covers. Play one song, select all, grab title from folder and drop on Cover hole in iTunes...

In addition to the pretty little floater window, replete with Album cover, Synergy can define keyboard shortcuts for just about any iTunes function. My favorite "toy" add-on to the OS so far. The only downside I've noticed is that if you are trying to do Visuals, they will become jerky every 3 seconds when Synergy talks to iTunes. Basically, you just have to quit Synergy if you're going to play Visuals and all is well...

Sorry to get all frothy at the mouth... I've just been waiting for this util since PopUpCD stopped being useful in OS 9 when mp3's came into fashion.



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Album Art takes a *lot* of space
Authored by: djc6 on Apr 29, '03 09:35:21PM

I took an MP3 - 3,188K in size and made a couple copies of it. I
then dragged the atwork into iTunes from Camino and Safari
from the same source on amazon. The MP3 with the safari
image was about 10K larger - but both were huge! The image
was a JPG, 28K in size... The Camino file ended up 3,351K and
the Safari one 3,362K in size. Both added 160K-170K to the
mp3 just for the picture. Maybe the pictures are being converted
to PNGs?

http://rockbox.haxx.se/docs/id3v2.2.0.html#sec4.15

That webpage seems to mention PNGs being one of the prefered
methods for putting images in ID3 tags.

I've also noticed when I drag stuff from Safari into powerpoint,
it makes the image a TIFF regardless what it was on the
webpage I took it from. Camino will leave things as JPGs or
whatever, resulting in much smaller presentations. I wonder if
that explains the file size difference.



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Album Art takes a *lot* of space
Authored by: dankell on Apr 30, '03 04:20:12AM
And of course, when you add the images to the songs, it is repeated for all the songs in the album, rather than centrally for all n songs in the album... Oh and also gets stored to the ipod. Why? you can't see the image on your ipod, or share the music from the ipod... Surely there should be an option to strip images out before exporting? Dan

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: MrSir on Apr 29, '03 10:08:21PM

OK, but how do you get rid of album art? I accidently added the
wrong cover to an album, but when I put a new one on, it just
added it to the one before, so now I have 2 album covers that
you can change between with arrows. How do I remove them?



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Removing Artwork
Authored by: djc6 on Apr 29, '03 10:52:46PM

select the song and right click on it... go to "Get Info". It will
then show a couple of tabs, click on the Artwork tab. Click on
the album cover you want to remove, and hit delete. You have
to select the image even if there is only one image for the
delete button to appear.



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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 30, '03 12:41:21AM

The AppleScript below may prove useful in automating the process of finding an album on All Media Guide:

http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes/scripts/scripts05.shtml#webinfohound

I also note this one:

http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes/scripts/scripts04.shtml#findalbumartwork



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just a question...
Authored by: lancelot183 on Apr 30, '03 02:35:22AM

why isn't this whole adding album cover art using amazon or all
media guide a built-in feature already?? seems to make sense...
maybe Apple will include this in iTunes 4.01?

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: stovak on Apr 30, '03 10:26:23AM

if you go into the apple script editor and open iTunes as a dictionary, you can see there's a new "artwork" property. Someone smarter than I could get that working with the script to grab artwork so that the script DL-s all the artwork for your library once and you never have to do it again on the fly.



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Don't drag & drop from a web browser
Authored by: blukens on Apr 30, '03 11:12:01AM

In my experience, at least, when I drag an image from Safari
into in image well in iTunes, the image is saved uncompressed -
so the music files blow up by a few hundred k's. If, instead, you
save the jpeg image to your desktop and then drag that image
into iTunes, the file size with increase only by the size if the jpeg
- a few dozen k. Much better.



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delete album art
Authored by: lancelot183 on Apr 30, '03 06:09:12PM

a simple way to remove multiple album covers is to Get Info on the
album, and check the box next to the album art well without dragging
any image onto it. that way, it deletes any images that are already
there, and you can then load a new one.

hth

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Copy artwork for your entire library using iTunes Catalog
Authored by: andrewz on Nov 03, '03 10:28:05AM
You can use KavaSoft's new iTunes Catalog program to download album artwork for your entire library and copy it all into iTunes with just a few clicks.

Or if you want, you can copy just the artwork for a specified genre, artist, album, or song.

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Adding cover art to iTunes4 the easy way
Authored by: kvanlandschoot on Jul 07, '04 06:57:10AM
I've been creating my own little script-app to publish my iTunes library with images and all. You can check it out at http://www.coin-c.com/itunes2html/ if you want. Enjoy!

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