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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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