How to Add Album Art to iTunes

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The massively popular music application iTunes has an album art feature that displays the cover designs for the music in your library. The art can be zoomed in on, sorted through or incorporated into the iTunes visualizer. However, the iTunes database isn’t perfect, and steps must sometimes be taken to ensure that every album is represented by its art.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • Locate your iTunes music folder and make sure that your music collection is organized. Correct any labeling mistakes and delete any duplicate files. Adding album art to iTunes becomes much easier when the songs are in correctly labeled and indexed folders. Locate the album art folder within the music folder. Locate any picture files inside of individual album folders and move them into the album art folder.

  • Launch iTunes. Find the album art square in the lower section of the iTunes window. Scroll through your library and click on a variety of song titles. Notice how the album art window displays the covers of the albums or features the words “Drag Artwork Here.”

  • Open the iTunes music folder and locate the album art folder. Drag the folder containing the files into the iTunes display window, while the Music Library playlist is selected. Wait until the application stops processing. Scroll through the library and confirm that every album with a picture file represented in the album art folder correspondingly has album art to display on iTunes. If a picture file fails to display for a certain album, highlight all of the songs for that album and drag the individual picture directly from the folder and onto the Drag Artwork Here square.

  • Access iTunes, open the Advanced drop-down menu, and click on the "Get Album Artwork" option. Read the pop-up disclaimer with some basic privacy information, and, if you accept the disclaimer, select the "OK" option. iTunes will search its database for cover art that matches the files in your library. This process can take several minutes for large libraries.

  • Scroll through the updated library, click on one song per album, and see if the album art displays. Make note of which albums have no art associated with them. With list in hand, use an online image search engine to find the missing picture files. Search for the name of the group or musician, followed by the title of the album. Save the pictures to a folder. When you have located all of the missing picture files, open iTunes, select the songs from each album in turn, and drag the individual files onto the album art window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Label your songs carefully. The database search yields many more results if the artist, album and track names are all correct.
  • If an album has no cover art, or if you cannot locate the image file online, try selecting a different image to represent the album.
  • Select the Display Artwork column under the View menu to see a running display of artwork.

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