Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2012 6:45 PM (in response to doctor_computer)
I hope this works for your iPod, works for me on iTunes 9.2
Connect your iPod
- click the Music tab, then
- Untick "Display album artwork on your iPod".
- Sync. then
- Retick that option again;
- Sync again.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 1:04 AM (in response to doctor_computer)
To the best of my knowledge iTunes has always managed to display a cover in album list, grid or cover flow views as long as at least one track from the album had artwork. However the Now Playing/Selected Item artwork box will still reveal which tracks have no associated artwork. On an iPod much the same is true, although if memory serves (and it's been a long time since I experimented) it might be that it takes art from the first track of an album for cover flow, rather than any track.
Assuming your music is in a standard layout, one album to a folder, you can use my script CreateFolderArt to copy artwork within each album from tracks that have art to tracks that don't.
If you update the library as above and sync then the new artwork should make it to the device. Occassionally the artwork cache on the device can become confused. The artwork refresh trick given above used to be a great way to rebuild that cache without a full restore of the device but that option was removed quite some time ago. These days, if using a current build of iTunes, you have to remove the media and add it back again, or restore the device.
Adding artwork to the device may also highlight anomalies in the grouping of tracks on the device which hadn't previously been apparent such as repeated covers. For general advice on getting iTunes neatly organised see my article on Grouping tracks into albums.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Bilbo_cheshire)
Thanks for the response, not a solution as I have iTune 10.6.1 which doesn't have that option under the Music tab.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to turingtest2)
As a computer scientist I love your handle! Are you real? <jk>
I go way way way back with iTunes, I was using it to rip CD's, and as my primary music player on my desktops and laptops beginning in the 90s when it was Mac-only! Long before the iTunes Store even appeared, in fact. I don't actually have even one purchased iTunes store track, just have 5,000 ripped files from my own purchases. I also have edited the files I've imported, so my collection has only stuff I have pre-listened to and like personally, so I found Shuffle play to be a "100% win" and I use it exclusively on both my laptop and my iPod. It's a "100% win" because I stack the deck, to use an american expression.
I had a large CD collection of 500+ CDs so you can see I am a major music enthusiast. Unfortunately, I don't possess the CDs any more but I do have the electronic copies...
I loved how ITunes was time-optimized algorithmically to high efficiency in the ripping process (no doubt Steve Jobs guidance) and automatically looked up track names and artists on the Internet, and automatically managed the MP3s files too. It's competition (Winamp and WMP) still required you to manually manage everything. I also used the burn mp3 cd's function which made single-button burning of up to 12 hours of playlisted content a LOT.
So, that's why I do recall the early days when it was not as "smart" as it is now.
I visited your scripts page, a lot of very cool things there, but, if I understand correctly, Visual Basic doesn't work on OS X? That ***** MICROSOFT. Reminds me of when MS didn't support Apple clients on Exchange!
Any further suggestions?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 10:06 AM (in response to doctor_computer)
Ah, I missed the mac_related_tags in your original post. Head over to Doug's Scripts for a larger and more sophisticated selection of iTunes library tune-up tools.
tt2Various PCs, iTunes 10.5.2.11, Windows XP Pro, iPad 2,iPhone3GS,iPod Classic+Nano