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Export album artwork from iTunes Apps
Since the release of iTunes 4, there has been much talk on various message boards about the new Artwork feature. It seems not to be everybody's cup of tea to store the Artwork in the ID3 tag as it bumps up the file size ever so slightly.

For those of you who have already filled your library's worth of mp3's with the Artwork, but want to get rid of it and still keep all those album covers, here's a solution to export that Artwork back into it's own file.

Scouring the Net for info and bits of code, I've written an AppleScript that does the job neatly. A script called "Export Artwork" (it can be found at macscripter.net and malcolmadams.com) will take the Artwork from all selected tracks and export it to .pict file(s) for any given album. The resulting .pict can be viewed in the Preview application.
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Export album artwork from iTunes
Authored by: Fofer on May 12, '03 11:13:58AM

The problem I've discovered is that even if you remove the artwork, the file does not revert back to it's "original" size! IOW, once it's bumped up by the artwork, it stays bumped up, regardless of if you delete the artwork later or not.

Some people are dragging in TIFFs rather than JPEGs too -- and this makes a big difference on a 5 GB+ collection of music, especially if you're planning to sync to an iPod (which can't display the artwork, at least not yet anyway)

So I'm holding off on assigning any artwork until the dust settles. In the meantime, Synergy and Clutter and all the others work just fine.



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Export album artwork from iTunes
Authored by: zedwards on May 12, '03 12:56:19PM

Are you logging out and back in (or rebooting)? Sometimes the finder does not register file sizes. Just a guess.



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Export album artwork from iTunes
Authored by: jiclark on May 12, '03 01:04:27PM
The problem I've discovered is that even if you remove the artwork, the file does not revert back to it's "original" size!
It does for me... I had put in a bunch of artwork from WalMart.com's 'large' images; then discovered that my file sizes were increased by as much as 500K!?! [Something to do with the way Safari handles the images?] When I deleted them, the file size would immediately drop back down, as viewed in the iTunes Library. I'm definitely waiting for "the dust to settle" as well!

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Export album artwork from iTunes
Authored by: AMacAddict on May 12, '03 07:16:33PM

I'm scanning all my CD covers as I re-encode to AAC. The images on the net are blurry or poorly compressed or scanned. I'm varying the compression on optimized jpeg for a file size between 10-12k, which with all but a select few provides an excellent in-window copy but also looks decent in clicked-on size. The addition in file size is negligible, especially in relation to the amount gained back by ACCing. 150 more songs now fit on my iPod.



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Export album artwork from iTunes
Authored by: eno on May 13, '03 12:32:38AM

Anyone reading this thread should check out:

synergy.wincent.org



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Download album art with iTunes Catalog
Authored by: andrewz on Nov 03, '03 10:37:11AM
You can also use KavaSoft's new iTunes Catalog to download artwork for your entire library with one click.

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