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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10 Apps
In iTunes 10 Grid View: Genres, you can create your very own icons to represent any genres you like, even custom genres.

Disclaimer: Do this at your own risk and of course make backups of any files you alter.

First, be sure iTunes is not running. Then, right-click on iTunes and select 'Show Package Contents.' Navigate to Contents » Resources. Inside there you will see lots of really colorful genre images labled 'genre-pop.jpg' or 'genre-rock.jpg' and so on.

Simply copy one of those images to your desktop. Open it up in Photoshop (or your graphics editor of choice) and customize it to your delight. The reason for using a duplicated file is only for the sake of ease in keeping the image size and aspect ratio the same. Save the new image as a flattened jpg. Name it with something like 'genre-mycustomgenre.jpg.' Put this file into the Resources folder. You will need to Authenticate in order to do this.

Now copy the file 'genres.plist' file to your desktop. Open it with Property List Editor (included in the Developer Tools). Duplicate the structure of one of the existing items, substituting your genre name and resource file name. Now save and move this file to the Resources folder.

Start iTunes and assign a song to your new genre and go to Grid View: genres and check it out.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. This is one of a class of modifications, that while some people may want to try them, they should be aware this can break the digital signature of the application and cause updating and other problems. My strong advice is to make a backup copy of the original application before doing any of this kind of tinkering, whether that be with iTunes, Safari, or any other app where the package contents are being modified. I usually make a Zip archive of the program before doing anything to the original. Time Machine backups will work, too. This all makes me nostalgic for ResEdit.]
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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10
Authored by: momoe on Sep 09, '10 08:19:41AM

I saw a similar hint for v9.x. I found many images available for alternative iTunes genre art on Flickr and downloaded them. I resized them all to 256x256 jpgs like the originals. The weird thing is that after placing the new images in Resources and adding the new information to the genres.plist, some of them didn't 'stick'? It is very inconsistent and I can't seem to detect a pattern of which are being changed and which are not?

I just reverted back to my original genres.plist until I can resolve this issue.

Any ideas?

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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10
Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 09, '10 12:13:04PM

How are any of these hints! This is just standard replacing files in the Resources folder, in fact, it's a bad way because it's destructive, better to modify plist files and add your own files to the resources folder.



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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10
Authored by: momoe on Sep 10, '10 10:52:13AM
What part of my comment did you NOT understand? I did EXACTLY what you describe (edit plist and add jpgs to Resources) and only some of the new genre's icons changed? Not everyone knows where to find these application resources (not in the OS X or iTunes User Guides). How about a positive comment or a suggestion to my posted issue?
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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10
Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 10, '10 12:33:04PM

My bad for not continuing reading it after I saw it was a simple "oh here's the resources folder" "hint".



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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10
Authored by: crarko on Sep 10, '10 01:10:58PM

Let's try raising the level of discourse here, shall we?



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Add custom genre icons to iTunes 10
Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 10, '10 01:13:11PM

Okay, I guess that was a bit out of line



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