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Get picky iTunes Store artwork Apps
This hint is for people that like having iTunes Store artwork for their music. It's for times when you know that the iTunes Store has the album artwork, but it just won't download no matter how much you change the metadata. As far as I know this only works if the file is in an mp4 container with one of Apple's extensions.

First, you need some tool to change the content ID of the file. I use subler. It's free and open source, and has both GUI and command line versions available.

Go and find the track in the iTunes store that has the artwork you want. Click on the arrow next to the buy button and copy the link.

Now paste the link somewhere and look at the end. There should be a part that says, for example, i=123456789. This is the contentID and you want to copy it. Just the number, not the i= part.

Now find your music file in the Finder. Open it up in subler and click the drop down arrow at the bottom left. There is a field you need to add called contentID. Add it and then paste in the number from the iTunes URL.

Then save the file and go back to iTunes. You might have to get info on the file to get iTunes to reopen the file.

Now you can right click and select 'Get Album Artwork' in the menu. It should then download the exact artwork that you wanted. It worked for all the tracks I tried it with.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. It can be a little hit or miss, I found. You can't use subler with an mp3 file, so make sure you have m4a.]
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Get picky iTunes Store artwork
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Dec 06, '10 07:51:12AM
This is an incredibly complicated way of adding album art when the functionality is built in. Try this:

  • Find image online, CTRL Click and "Copy Image"
  • Find track in iTunes, CMD + I, "Artwork" tab, paste image
  • Or, while the song is selected, you can drag the album cover image to the playing artwork area, where it says in large letters "DRAG ARTWORK HERE"

    This works for any media file that supports meta-tagging, not just m4a.

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    Get picky iTunes Store artwork
    Authored by: diamondsw on Dec 06, '10 08:09:47AM

    iTunes artwork tends to be much higher quality than most of the stuff you find online. But yes, as long as you have another source for the art, the method you posted is the standard way of adding artwork.



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    Get picky iTunes Store artwork
    Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Dec 06, '10 08:35:53AM

    Then just use the "copy link" method described in the original hint, open a browser and paste the link for the track you want. The art that iTunes uses is right there.

    There is no reason to jump through hoops just to get iTunes to download an image that you could easily download yourself in a quarter of the time.

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    Get picky iTunes Store artwork
    Authored by: auco on Dec 06, '10 09:37:50AM

    yes it is as the http version is a lot smaller than the one you get from the iTMS



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    Get picky iTunes Store artwork
    Authored by: tc_nyc on Dec 06, '10 12:13:06PM

    The trick is, ITMS album art is 'smaller' because it stores one copy of the image in a special directory that is parsed by iTunes/iPod. If you paste the album art image into each song, a copy of that art is applied to each track individually.



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    Try Fetchart
    Authored by: arielnishri on Dec 07, '10 03:23:47PM

    Have been using Fetch Art for quite some time. Integrates directly with iTunes and it's free:

    http://fetchartblog.blogspot.com/



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    Get picky iTunes Store artwork
    Authored by: mingo on Dec 07, '10 05:52:16PM

    Does anyone know if you can get iTunes to get artwork one album at a time, instead of for the entire collection?



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    Get picky iTunes Store artwork
    Authored by: tc_nyc on Dec 08, '10 06:02:52AM

    Control-click on a song in the album and choose Get Album Artwork



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