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After upgrading to iTunes 11, a lot of my artwork has vanished. This is the case for all my movies and TV shows, and several dozen albums. The artwork is still in the files, but iTunes won't display it. I've heard from a number of other people this has happened to as well.

I found that it is possible to make it visible again by selecting an item (say a movie), pressing Command-I, clicking on the Artwork tab, then selecting the artwork, cutting it and pasting it back. After pressing OK, the artwork displayed again. (Though for some files, I needed to quit and relaunch iTunes to see the artwork.) In some cases, for movies, simply displaying the Artwork tab of the Info window was enough to get iTunes to display the art.

With albums, it was a bit more difficult. I needed to select a single item to copy the artwork, then select an entire album to paste it. But this seems to work for all my files.

I wish there were a way to automate this. Doug, any thoughts?
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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: DougAdams on Dec 03, '12 08:23:57AM
This might be automatable with GUI Scripting but it would be oogly.
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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: Beorn on Dec 03, '12 08:29:51AM

What about the Re-Embed iTunes Artwork v2 script? Does running that trigger the right behavior?



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: kirkmc on Dec 03, '12 08:51:06AM

No, I tried that and it did nothing.

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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: gunnersmurf on Dec 06, '12 08:17:39AM

I suspect it has to do with whether you previously embedded the artwork or not.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: regulus on Dec 03, '12 08:48:23AM
Here's a simple script that will delete and then re-add the artwork back to the selected tracks. I'm not sure if this fixes your problem but give it a try. Of course you can always add more features to the script but this shows the basics. Good luck!
tell application "iTunes"
	set theSelection to selection
	repeat with i from 1 to count of theSelection
		tell (item i of theSelection)
			set artworkCount to count of artwork
			repeat artworkCount times
				set theArtwork to data of artwork 1
				delete artwork 1
				set data of artwork artworkCount to theArtwork
			end repeat
		end tell
	end repeat
end tell
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Edited on Dec 03, '12 08:59:28AM by regulus


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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: DougAdams on Dec 04, '12 08:04:00AM

As Kirk pointed out above, embedding the artwork, as this script does, has no affect on the issue at hand.

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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: kirkmc on Dec 04, '12 08:16:13AM

The best I can figure out is that iTunes is simply losing track of where the artwork is in the files. For my movies and TV shows, the artwork was there. For some music, however, it wasn't there at all, and that's very odd.

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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: regulus on Dec 04, '12 03:13:58PM

Thanks for letting me know this technique doesn't work. I didn't check out the scripts on your website, so I didn't know the techniques they used. I just wrote this myself trying to be helpful. If I think of something else I'll post it.

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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: gunnersmurf on Dec 06, '12 08:07:18AM

Maybe my problem is different, but Doug's Re-Embed Artwork v1.1 restores the artwork for me.

In my case - if I check "get info" on a track missing its artwork: the artwork tab is empty.

Link to Re-Embed Artwork: http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=reembedartwork

Edited on Dec 06, '12 08:19:53AM by gunnersmurf



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: jaydisc on Dec 03, '12 02:05:19PM

I found that quitting iTunes, and renaming/removing the album artwork folder in the iTunes library made iTunes rebuild the album covers successfully.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: joh on Dec 03, '12 02:44:45PM

Didn't do anything here except making iTunes to lose every bit of artwork left.

I'm really fed up with this. I have copied&pasted artwork to albums and titles and whatnot over years and have about 30 GB of music carefully organized with everything and iTunes just doesn't care a bit. I think I have never seen any music player that ignores more of my artwork than iTunes 11, honestly.

Now with the cover art display on the bottom of the sidebar gone away I'm always struggling to find a way to even manually paste/drag a cover. What kind of madness is this?

God. Write an app that supports Google and Amazon and iTunes and syncs with both iOS and Android and you'll get stinking rich. Now with Apple going down the drain there's no real competitor left. Just do it.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: jaydisc on Dec 03, '12 03:31:38PM

Well then hopefully you renamed. :)

The album artwork folder is a cache. Album artwork is actually stored in each file, so maybe you have a different problem.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: drudus on Dec 03, '12 03:33:17PM

For GUI based tag editing try tagalicious…
http://thelittleappfactory.com/tagalicious/
or maybe TuneUp (even though I hate that app!)

I'm sure there are a ton of other MP3/ MP4 tagging, artwork & metadata apps for Mac if you are willing to search… Jaikoz, MusicBrainz Picard, SongGenie 2, CoverScout 3, MetaX/ MetaZ (for movies & TV).

If you are a command line script junkie look at…

mp4v2
http://mp4v2.googlecode.com/svn/doc/1.9.0/ToolGuide.html

eyeD3
http://eyed3.nicfit.net/

id3tool
http://nekohako.xware.cx/id3tool/

They can read tags & export/ embed artwork from scripts.

Don't forget to try the insane "Batch Rip Actions for Automator" if you are handling TV or movies.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=805573

There is also a metric crapton of information about the iTunes 'custom podcast tags' that need to be added to make podcasts stay in one list. TLDR: use http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ in Windows to apply the tags.
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=928786

Why Apple can't add these podcast specific tags as editable in iTunes is a mystery to me.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: herojig on Dec 03, '12 09:08:30PM

Does anyone know why this happens:
1) Subscribe to a podcast like 60 minutes
2) Listen to podcasts
3) Delete podcasts
4) Update subscription
In the above scenario, the artwork for the podcasts goes away, and can only be added back manually. This worked the same in v10, so it's not a V11 problem...
Arg...



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: alastor933 on Dec 04, '12 04:48:58AM
Why Apple can't add these podcast specific tags as editable in iTunes is a mystery to me.
Apple doesn't want us to have user-definable metadata (a.k.a. tags, facets, whatever). Remember SpotMeta in 10.4? A laudable attempt, but dead in 10.5. There was another attempt, but it has been criticised and/or turned down by several wellknown developers.

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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: drudus on Dec 04, '12 06:08:32AM

SpotMeta was allowing users to define tags and metadata for use in Spotlight. It's a reasonable idea, but without a library of known and allowed tags it will get messy (e.g. should 'published' be a boolean or a date).

The ID3 tags that iTunes uses to organise Podcasts are custom tags created by iTunes. Other editors generally don't have support for them because they are iTunes specific. I'd expect Applescript to have write access to these so that fractured podcasts can be fixed, but even that isn't supported.
When sites change feed addresses or people use tools like iVolume podcast feeds to break in horrible ways.

Metadata is a 'first world problem', but Apple have a reputation for getting things right, they keep falling short IMO.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: jazzman34653 on Dec 04, '12 11:52:40AM

You can't expect it to look like iTunes10 that way. It just doesn't look the same and in addition it doesn't have cover view. But there is nothing similar between iTunes 10 and iTunes 11.



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: leggoslave on Dec 04, '12 08:13:14PM

This script works if there is only one image file in the Album folder..

http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=restorealbumart



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Restore vanished artwork in iTunes 11
Authored by: Rishifter on Dec 04, '12 10:55:30PM

I believe it's a reported bug now. Walt Mossberg posted in his review of the new iTunes that Apple has acknowledged this and promised a fix in the next minor update. This along with bringing back "Show Duplicates" feature.



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