Liven up your tracks with artwork
Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:40 AM
Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:52 AM
Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:36 AM
I've never seen this happen.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:12 AM
I scanned in most of my art at ~1400x~1400 and have just checked some of my tracks. Some are the original scan size (I saved all the originals) and some have been resized to 1024x1024. I have no idea when this would have occurred.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:04 PM
Of course, this is annoying when iTunes has sent me the wrong graphic and now the file and song seem "married".
Any ideas on how to arrange a divorce with these stubborn files? Thanks.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:14 PM
You may mean Find Album Artwork with Google, by Brett O'Connor.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:31 PM
It could be that the image is *too* big for iTunes to scale down gracefully.
Try opening the image file in Preview, then choosing 'Adjust Size' from the Tools menu. Take it down to say, 600 x 600, save, and add the result to iTunes.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:52 PM
Once I get started digitizing my vinyl collection, getting cover art will get more “interesting.” Large format scanners are far too expensive, so I am considering rigging something like the research library at my alma mater had. It would require setting up a camera facing straight down in 4100K lighting setting and photographing the record covers with a high-res camera. I have looked at album artwork online and find the choices to be either of poor quality or too small. It appears that far too many people simply scan or photograph cover art and do absolutely no post processing to clean it up. I have also seen iTunes cover images that look like they were hastily scanned and dumped onto the iTunes Store server. (All of my cover art is scanned at 300 ppi, retouched, color corrected the saved to as a high quality JPEG at the appropriate resolution.)
The music industry in their usual myopia is missing the boat here. As they own the music catalogs, there should be a repository of high-quality, high-resolution cover art from which people can download the imagery or, at the very least, available to online services such as the iTunes Store, Amazon, et al.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 05:45 PM
But not when iTunes finds the artwork. In that case, it saves it one time in a special cache, and links all of the album's tracks to the same file. Unfortunately there is (apparently) no way for ordinary users to save "album level" artwork this way.
One thing I've found is that while lower res artwork is fine for the Now Playing screens in iTunes and iDevices, if you later decide you want to print the artwork on a CD cover you'll wish you had a higher res image.
Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:23 PM
It's just amazing that iTunes doesn't just do it automatically when you rip a CD. It has an option to attempt to fetch album artwork, but it only works for music available in the iTunes store and even then it makes lots of mistakes which are hard to undo.
Apple, you have dropped the ball on this one! The current means of importing album art is just broken.
That being said, I have to say that there are some good web sites for cover art. I've found discogs.com to be quite useful, and there are some other decent sites which are easily found on Google.
This post has been edited by blecch: 09 February 2011 - 08:26 PM
Posted 10 February 2011 - 12:55 AM
I have to disagree. If you just tell the programs to search for stuff and add artwork without checking (which TuneUp can do, but CoverScout, if I recall, is less willing to make mass changes), you'll get crap. You have to spend the time to check and select each piece of album art. You can't just click a button and expect perfect results.