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iTunes Match - Completing Album Artwork?

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mracole Level 4 Level 4 (1,075 points)
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Jan 13, 2012 5:16 AM

Library is now complete (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3646104), however, some albums were missing Artwork.  Working on my Laptop library all Artwork is now complete.  Following an 'Update iTunes Match' prompt the majority of the Artwork has migrated to all other libraries but not all.  How can this be corrected?

 

Method used:

 

1.  On laptop, select all music view in grid form;

 

2.  For each missing Album Artwork;

 

     (a) Find Artwork using Google images;

 

     (b) Save a local copy;

 

     (c) 'Get Info' for Album in Grid view;

 

     (d) Paste correct Artwork into appropriate box;

 

     (e) Confirm Artwork update.

 

3.  On completion, select 'Update iTunes Match' from menu;

 

4.  Start alternate computer with iTunes Library using iTunes Match;

 

5.  Select 'Update iTunes Match' from menu;

 

6.  Use Smart List to track Songs without Album Artwork.

 

The Result:

 

     All Artwork complete, with some exceptions, not sure why these exceptions exist ... please help ...

 

Many thanks in anticipation

iTunes 10, Windows Vista, iMatch giving inconsistent results
  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,145 points)
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    Jan 13, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to mracole)

    iTunes can be particular about the size and DPI of the artwork. I have found that 300x300 or 600x600 at 72 DPI works best. Smaller will also work, but then it doesn't look at good on my Apple TV. Larger can sometimes cause problems for viewing on other iOS devices. And iOS devices really don't like any DPI more than 72.

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Jan 13, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to mracole)

    As Michael said 300 x 300 is one factor, but so is dpi.  you should check to see if the artwork that does not display is 72 dpi.  if it is anything else, you should find a way to change it to 72 dpi.

     

    Also, while larger actual file sizes may display, smaller file sizes will load more quickly.  if, for instance, you had a 5Mb file and were able to get it to a 60k file, you might find overall system response to be better, particularly on iOs devices on 3g

  • JiminMissouri Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Jan 13, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to mracole)

    If you have been able to resolve your artwork issues on the main computer, as well as iOS devices, I would simply give any additional device added to iTunes match time to receive the artwork from Apple's servers.  Users (including me) have seen that artwork simply does not automatically appear along with the tracks initially.  It may be that the art is provided in the background, but also on an as-needed basis.  So I'd recommend simply leaving iTunes on the new computer in album grid view.

  • phivos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2013 3:44 AM (in response to mracole)

    Jumped only a few days ago into itunes match and was faced with a similar problem. Artwork reverting back to old. Took me two days but I think I cracked it.

    It seems that itunes match goes entirely by your metadata file and artwork is part of that. For those that are not using itunes match yet they should consider converting thei'r song's tags to the latest version and deleting elements of those tags which are not absolutely necessary with the help of a tag editor before they sign up. It will save them the trouble the rest of us have.

     

    Here's what I did to solve the problem:

     

    1. For matched songs:

     

    a. Convert song's ID tag to ID3v2.4

    b. Use the kid3 tagg editor (am sure any other editor would do as well)  and remove all tags except the basic ones like song, album, artitst etc. Remove even the apple originating tags.

    c. Export a jpg image of the artwork from the  original file in itunes and embed it in the tagg editor. You can also use any other image of your choice. I prefer going for the 600x600 image sizes.

    d. Save the changes and close tagg editor

    e. Drag the file to the desktop

    f. Update itunes match so the tag changes will be reflected in your cloud saved file.

    g. Delete the song from itunes and icloud

    h. Update itunes match. The song should not be in your library now

    i. Import the saved copy of the song from your desktop to itunes

    j. Update itunes match

    i. Right click song, select add to icloud

    j. Update itunes match.

     

    2. For uploaded songs:

     

    Before you begin working on your tags consider converting those songs to an AAC file format.

  • DJMT1287 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 3, 2013 10:29 PM (in response to mracole)

    I don't know if this is an easy fix or not but it seemed to fix for me. I was having difficulty seeing album artwork on my iPhone after I already updated it on iTunes. Once I updated iTunes Match, the album artwork would revert back to the original artwork or no artwork at all. This is what I did to fix that problem, a lot of which is probably unnecessary but whatever:

     

    1. Disable iTunes Match from your mobile device under Settings > Music > iTunes Match
    2. Power "Off" your mobile device
    3. Open iTunes
    4. Turn "Off" iTunes Match on your computer
    5. Update your album artwork manually (I suggest finding the album artwork on Google Images or thru Amazon.com).
    6. Update any other information necessary (i.e. album name, artist, composer, etc.).
    7. Close iTunes entirely
    8. Re-Open iTunes
    9. Turn "On" iTunes Match on your computer
    10. Allow access for your computer to activate iTunes Match
    11. Update iTunes Match
    12. Power "On" your mobile device
    13. Enable iTunes Match from your mobile device under Settings > Music > iTunes Match
    14. Your iTunes library should maintain any changes you made and it will be reflected both on iTunes and on your mobile device

     

    Hope this helps!

  • JGCode3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 16, 2013 5:21 PM (in response to mracole)

    Hello, I discovered that this works perfectly....

     

    1) Identify songs or albums with missing artwork.

    2) If iTunes has the correct artwork, get info on the song with the correct artwork. If not download correct artwork from iTunes or other source.

    3) Click on the artwork image attached to the song and drag it to the desktop.

    4) Click add, select the artwork file on the desktop, and click ok.

    4a) If you need to add the artwork to an album get info on the album and add the artwork to all the songs at once.

    5) Continue for all your required songs... If none other then you are done.

     

    Sometimes I have noticed the updated artwork updates within a few seconds on my iPhone 5 without any further attention. If the artwork does not update within a few minutes do the following to help it out.

     

    1) Update iTunes Match.

    2) Close out and reopen the music app on your iOS devise.

  • DJMT1287 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 21, 2013 6:48 PM (in response to JGCode3)

    JGCode: I tried that same process you just described and the artwork reverted back to the original problem after updating iTunes Match.

     

    I don't know if this is an easy fix or not but it seemed to fix for me. I was having difficulty seeing album artwork on my iPhone after I already updated it on iTunes. Once I updated iTunes Match, the album artwork would revert back to the original artwork or no artwork at all. This is what I did to fix that problem, a lot of which is probably unnecessary but whatever:

     

    1. Disable iTunes Match from your mobile device under Settings > Music > iTunes Match
    2. Power "Off" your mobile device
    3. Open iTunes
    4. Turn "Off" iTunes Match on your computer
    5. Update your album artwork manually (I suggest finding the album artwork on Google Images or thru Amazon.com).
    6. Update any other information necessary (i.e. album name, artist, composer, etc.).
    7. Close iTunes entirely
    8. Re-Open iTunes
    9. Turn "On" iTunes Match on your computer
    10. Allow access for your computer to activate iTunes Match
    11. Update iTunes Match
    12. Power "On" your mobile device
    13. Enable iTunes Match from your mobile device under Settings > Music > iTunes Match
    14. Your iTunes library should maintain any changes you made and it will be reflected both on iTunes and on your mobile device

     

    If anyone else tries this, let me know if it works for you as well!

  • phivos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 22, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to mracole)

    After three months I must admit that there is no one way one can permanently change artwork with iTunes Match. What I have tried that works at one time or another are the following:

    A. Delete artwork from song, change album name, add the desired artwork and update iTunes Match.

    B. Remove artwork from song, delete from iTunes library, update iTunes Match and re-import song.

    C. I deleted my entire artwork folder from iTunes folder and enabled automatic artwork download. I personally prefer the standard iTunes artwork. Better image quality at most times.

     

    All these things though will be in vain if your song has its artwork embedded in the file. If you do not manage to somehow get rid off the embedded artwork; sometimes dragging a copy to the desktop straight from the iTunes app gets rid of the artwork, or via a tag editor you're doomed to failure. You can easily check if your file has embedded artwork by right clicking and selecting “show in finder". Hope this helps

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