Computer files, and the file extensions that categorize them, can be a bit hard to keep track of for non-techies. One file extension not seen too often is .itc, which denotes a type of file used with Apple's iTunes music software.
ITC stands for iTunes Cover Flow, a program created by Apple to add cover artwork and other data to the music and album files stored in iTunes.
ITC files are used to make songs and albums easier to browse and locate by showing thumbnail photos of the album's front cover art both in the iTunes library and in the display window of certain models of iPods.
ITC files are stored in the directory ~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork/Local/, as they are created, accessed and read specifically by the iTunes software and related Apple programs.
ITC files are considered metadata, which means they don't contain any of the actual audio data of the song files, and therefore are not designed to be opened and edited directly, as that may damage or corrupt those files.
The .itc files containing the album artwork are downloaded automatically at times along with the audio files, or they can also be added by clicking "Add Album Artwork" in the iTunes task bar, though the files need to match up with what is in Apple's database for it to work.
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