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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork Apps
I like graphics (heck, who doesn't), so the addition of downloading album art to iTunes7 was right up my alley. When it worked anyway. About half the time, I couldn't get a cover to load even though I knew the album was available on the iTunes Store. It turned out the solution was just a question of "pre-loading" the album artwork.

Click on the iTunes Store icon, and navigate to the album page in question -- if you use Search, you have to make sure you select the album, so you go the specific page. After that, go back to your iTunes playlist, click on the corresponding album/song there, control-click, and select Get Album Artwork from the pop-up menu. Give it a second, and the cover art should appear.

[robg adds: We've run a couple other hints on iTunes 7 album artwork; I'm running multiple related hints primarily because the feature is so new and many people are having various issues with it.]
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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork
Authored by: googoo on Sep 19, '06 09:13:25AM

This does not work if your metadata does not match that in the iTunes Store.

-Mark



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This is for Correctly Matching Titles / Metadata
Authored by: EatingPie on Sep 22, '06 06:29:06PM

A few comments here on this, and I guess it wasn't clear in the post.

This hint is specifically for an album with *correctly matching* metadata. About 90% of the CDs I ripped myself, with metadata d/led from CDDB, matches iTunes.


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-Pie



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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork
Authored by: alemieux on Sep 19, '06 10:51:59AM

You can also select all the songs in a playlist or in your library and then right-click or control-click on the albumn cover placeholder and choose Get Albumn Artwork to get the artwork for every albumn in your list.

And yes, if you're like me and have some obscure recordings or other downloads that you can't remember how you got, then you probably won't get the artwork for that.



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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork
Authored by: acornboy on Sep 19, '06 04:24:53PM

The pre-loading tip is all fine and well but iTunes says "artwork can be downloaded after purchase" so if you got it somewhere else you are SOL.
worth noteing is that the Stand alone release candidate version of Coverflow that came out just before iTunes 7 ( !? hmmm) has an unfettered search function for cover art through Google (simply control click on the album in question)



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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork
Authored by: ccase on Sep 19, '06 06:36:45PM

<em>so if you got it somewhere else you are SOL.</em>

Not true. I have downloaded tons of artwork from iTunes for CD that I ripped myself. So long as the metadata is the same, it works.



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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork
Authored by: Slimecat on Sep 19, '06 04:50:41PM
Corripio Artwork Finder is pretty reliable. It fetches art from the iTunes Store but allows you to pick which store (ie which country) you want to fetch from, and if your tags don't exactly match the iTunes Store there's still hope - you can search just by album title, artist name, even by song title. It works for me about 80% of the time, and that's with some relatively obscure stuff. Previous versions have been a bit buggy but the newest one seems OK.

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Another method of forcing iTunes 7 to download artwork
Authored by: MBHockey on Sep 19, '06 08:18:34PM

From my experience, you do not have to do navigate to the album's page in iTunes first. Also, the music doesn't need to be in a special playlist (I don't think the original poster was saying this, but just to be doubly clear).

All you have to do is make sure your tag info is right, and you can ctrl+click --> Get Album Artwork from your library on any individual track and it will work (provided the album is tagged the same on the iTunes store)



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