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iTunes got smarter about album art, why not the iPod Classic?

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I'm a long time iTunes fan and noticed that iTunes USED to be "stupid" about album art where the user had to paste the art in multiple times (into every track) or it didn't display in cover flow properly.  And, once you did this, then a synched iPod would also display the correct album art on every track instead of SOME of the tracks, which I saw it do...


But the latest versions of iTunes have noticed got "smarter" and I have seen it now where you only need to paste in one image, and iTunes displays it as needed AUTOMATICALLY on all other tracks on the same album.


This is obviously a step forward, especially if you have 5,000 tracks on your iPod!!


I just got a new iPod Classic and I have concluded after a lot of technical research and experimentation that it is still "dumb", and seems to need the album art pasted into every track STILL.   It's annoying to me as a computer scientist that the same feature or benefit isn't there on both platforms.


I know this is a pretty advanced question compared to the normal iTunes user, but I was hoping that someone could point me to a better solution than having to paste up to 5,000 album arts into my iPod?


Thanks in advance for any help, I appreciate any comments.



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  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,765 points)

    I hope this works for your iPod, works for me on iTunes 9.2

    Connect your iPod

    In Itunes

    1. click the Music tab, then
    2. Untick "Display album artwork on your iPod".
    3. Sync. then
    4. Retick that option again;
    5. Sync again.

    Good Luck

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)

    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.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)

    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.


    I can't see anything offhand which directly replicates my script, but a bit of Save Album Art as folder.jpg followed by Restore Artwork from Album Folder should have much the same effect.



    Various PCs, iTunes, Windows XP Pro, iPad 2,iPhone3GS,iPod Classic+Nano


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