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See album art for music in a shared iTunes library
Authored by: drcox on Sep 18, '06 10:46:49AM

I have a Mac Mini hooked to my TV and first noticed this problem as Front Row wasn't showing some of the album art when streaming from my shared library on my iMac.

Digging a bit deeper, I found that Front Row (or iTunes, for that matter), will display art for shared songs in the following situations:
1. Track was purchased from iTMS
2. Art was added manually

It would NOT display the album art for tracks in my library for which the new iTunes 7 found and downloaded "missing" art.

In ~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork, there are two folders -- Download and Local. I'm guessing the difference between the two is what causes the sharing not to work, but not sure how to convert them all to local (files in both folders look similar, but I'm not versed in the format that's being used).

One interesting sidenote is that I did a Get Info on one of the aforementioned tracks with downloaded art. By copying the album art image, and then pasting into another track of the same album (overwriting what was there), the mini was finally able to see that shared art.

I'd rather not take that step for all my tracks that iTunes 7 filled in artwork. Any ideas?

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