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Fix non-displaying album art on iPods iPod
A while back, I purchased a 30 Gig iPod. I naturally put all my music and some videos on the iPod, but it wasn't until recently that I wanted to add some artwork to view while my songs were playing. I went to the web and got some photos of my artists and began adding the artwork to my playlists.

After checking the necessary options to display album art on the iPod, I found that nothing was displaying. I then found that by unselecting then reselecting the Show Artwork on iPod option, the album art copied correctly then next time I synced it.

[robg adds: This is actually a common method of resolving many album art problems with the iPod; if some albums don't display art, or if some display the incorrect art, doing the above usually fixes it. It will take a few minutes for iTunes to rebuild the album art database, but you should have all your art after that.]

Update: it seems that some people are having problems with this. I've posted a comment below being more precise than the hint, but another thing that helps some people is restoring the iPod from the main iPod screen in iTunes. Album art is stored in a special database on the iPod, not in the actual files, in spite of what you may read elsewhere (it's stored in the files, or in an Album artwork folder on your Mac, but iTunes creates a database when it "Optimizes album artwork").
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um, great. now i have no artwork..
Authored by: jbondo on Oct 26, '06 09:30:26AM

iPod w/Color Screen. software v.1.2.1.
i have album art for 99% of my 400+ album collection. i sync music manually. all artwork displays fine in iTunes 7.1.
prior to trying this hint, about 95% of my artwork displayed on the iPod. i thought this would fix the 5% that didn't display. instead, my iPod now shows NO art at all.

i've tried restarting iTunes, resetting the iPod, deleting the ArtworkDB, resynching the iPod... nothing works. i can see all the artwork in iTunes, it just won't show up on the iPod no matter what i do.

can anyone help? this totally sucks. performing hints shouldn't break your shit, not without a little warning at the least.

thx,
j



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um, great. now i have no artwork..
Authored by: mithridain on Oct 26, '06 09:50:41AM

This happened to me, too. However, I found the information in the Apple knowledgebase so it wasn't this thread where I blew away the artwork. If it matters, I started adding album art with iTunes 7 (and not before) because of the new display method. Anyway, it appears that the album art is still here for all the items where I pasted it into the info of the song. The album art missing for me was for all the songs that iTunes found art.

I read in a different thread that the art can be either placed into the song file, which I believe is how I did it, or iTunes has a database it uses to show the image. From what I read, it sounds like, if you pasted into the album art area in the lower left corner, it was pasting into iTunes, not the song.

One other factor that may be different from others: I put all my music on the iPod and removed it from my computer. I did this to free up hard drive space. At the beginning, I still had the cover art for those that iTunes found. After I unchecked the show art option, click Apply, checked, and clicked Apply again, the artwork was gone for those that I did not paste into each song.



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UPDATE!! FIXED!!
Authored by: jbondo on Oct 30, '06 08:49:56AM

i received an email from the original author of this hint, and apparently he or she had the same problem that i had. when his hint was published, macosxhints.com decided to leave out the information that helped restore our artwork. anyway:

i'm not sure if this is limited only to the iPod w/Color Screen, but that's what i own and i did indeed seem to hose my album art on my iPod by following this hint. the fix is to connect your iPod to a mac that has an older version of iTunes (for both of us, this happened to be 4.7.1; i cannot vouch for any other versions). in iTunes' preferences, uncheck "display album artwork on your iPod", and then check it again. iTunes will then optimize the artwork (i've got about 4500 songs/22GB; this took roughly 15 minutes over firewire). when it's done, voila, your artwork is restored.

although it's probably a pain for a lot of folks to find a mac with a super old version of iTunes, this beats the hell outta moving your music onto another drive, reimporting, etc... also, all of your ratings and playlists will remain intact.

hope this helps. i'm thrilled that my hours and hours of adding artwork were not wasted, however, i find it rather careless of this otherwise great site to exclude this very important information that the hint's author provided.



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Fix non-displaying album art on iPods
Authored by: wastemytime on Oct 26, '06 10:43:51AM
If you followed this faulty hint using an iPod Color model, you will lose all album art. There are many postings about this on Apple support discussions with a longer time to live, including this informative one: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=638611&start=0&tstart=0

The only workaround I have for you is to copy all files from your iPod to your hard drive, then copy the files from your hard drive back to your iPod using the procedure I've come up with below.

From my posting http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=3253340#3253340 :

Apple has increased the workflow complexity of manually managing your iPod. Compare:

Steps to properly copy files from hard drive or optical media to an iPod using iTunes 7:
1) In iTunes, create a temporary LIBRARY based staging playlist. We'll refer to this playlist as "temp".
2) Drag files from the Finder into the iTunes "temp" playlist. If you are dragging files from optical media, you'll want to make sure the "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" option is unchecked in Preferences > Advanced > General, or you'll end up copying files to your hard drive.
3) In iTunes, drag files from the "temp" playlist to desired iPod DEVICES based playlist.
4) When copy operation is complete, delete the "temp" playlist.
5) Optional: If you are copying files from removable media you will now have a number of broken references cluttering your iTunes Library. To clean these up, eject the removable media and run the "Super Remove Dead Tracks" script found at this site: http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/index.php

Steps to properly copy files from hard drive or optical media to an iPod using iTunes 6:
1) Drag files from the Finder into desired iTunes iPod playlist.

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Fix non-displaying album art on iPods
Authored by: kirkmc on Oct 27, '06 12:02:47AM

OK, to be more precise, when the iPod is connected, click the Music tab, then uncheck "Display album artwork on your iPod". Sync. Then recheck that option again; sync again.

I've done this several times, and it works fine.

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RE: [IN CERTAIN CASES], Fix non-displaying album art on iPods
Authored by: jbondo on Oct 30, '06 01:42:38PM

this obviously is not a one-solution-fits-all type of hint, as my previous comments for this hint have described. the fact that the original author purportedly included an important caveat in his submission and yet it didn't make it to the published hint is, in my opinion, lackadaisical on behalf of this site's publishers. this hint really ought to be updated to aid those who do not read all of the comments prior to performing hints.



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Fix non-displaying album art on iPods
Authored by: rgcpt on Oct 29, '06 12:44:57PM

I just wanted to thank Taneashia for the "fabulous" hint, because after following it, I now have NO artwork on my ipod (like jbondo). So thanks a lot.
I have already tried everything....I've spent numerous hours on the internet trying to see if I can find another genius like you who can help me restore my ipod the way it was before....but nothing.
I have tried your marvelous hint several times, I have tried erasing all existing artwork on itunes and loading new one to see if it works....but nothing.
I tried downloading itunes 6 because this problem obviously came with itunes 7, but I get an error message saying that itunes 6 cannot read my playlist because it was created with a higher version.
I first followed your magnificent hint because I couldn't see the artwork I downloaded for ONE album. Now, all of my 500+ album artwork is gone. So thanks again for your incredible and marvelous hint........

***I hope this message at least helps some other readers who may be considering following your shitty advice.***



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Fix non-displaying album art on iPods
Authored by: Taneashia on Nov 01, '06 11:41:11AM


i received an email from the original author of this hint, and apparently he or she had the same problem that i had. when his hint was published, macosxhints.com decided to leave out the information that helped restore our artwork. anyway:

i'm not sure if this is limited only to the iPod w/Color Screen, but that's what i own and i did indeed seem to hose my album art on my iPod by following this hint. the fix is to connect your iPod to a mac that has an older version of iTunes (for both of us, this happened to be 4.7.1; i cannot vouch for any other versions). in iTunes' preferences, uncheck "display album artwork on your iPod", and then check it again. iTunes will then optimize the artwork (i've got about 4500 songs/22GB; this took roughly 15 minutes over firewire). when it's done, voila, your artwork is restored.

although it's probably a pain for a lot of folks to find a mac with a super old version of iTunes, this beats the hell outta moving your music onto another drive, reimporting, etc... also, all of your ratings and playlists will remain intact.

hope this helps. i'm thrilled that my hours and hours of adding artwork were not wasted, however, i find it rather careless of this otherwise great site to exclude this very important information that the hint's author provided.



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Fix non-displaying album art on iPods
Authored by: slswift on Jan 20, '09 07:57:38AM

Why is a 2 year old hint about a previous version of iTunes (v7) being rehashed here? With no new information.




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