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iTunes Artwork Chang Arrow has gone?

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  • askmrmac Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 2, 2012 6:14 PM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    Arrows Gone allowing view of multiple artwork for track. CONFIRMED.

    I upgraded from iTunes 10.4x to 10.6.1, and ouch!, arrows gone, confirmed.

    I regularly embed back cover, alternate cover, CD scan on many of my albums.

    Arrows definitely GONE!


    The art is still there, intact, just no arrow.

    I never used/activated iTunes Match (I only do ALAC, loathe lossy formats), so iTunes Match is not suspect?


    2 steps forward , 1 step back...

  • ekab_meade Calculating status...
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    Apr 22, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    I have the same problem... I do see the arrows for a second, and then nothing...


    Have you found a solution to it?



  • David Cooper5 Calculating status...
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    Jul 3, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    Just submitted this comment to apple.  (I'd like to emphasize that complaining about it here will do no good... you need to let apple know you're unhappy by submitting a comment via the link at the bottom of this page.)


    Let's get our arrow back.


    Here's the comment I submitted:


    As evidenced in this one (of several) discussions, the decision to remove the arrow to view multiple artwork images in iTunes is a very unpopular one.


    We have spent years investing time and money in your computers and your software while migrating their music collection to the digital world and by removing this arrow you have significantly diminished the experience for a lot of people.

    Front AND back covers, as well as liner notes are not only a must for some folks, but people have spent years compiling these images for their collection and with one severely misguided decision this work is erased... gone... kaput.



    Also, I am an art director and my wife is a prominent music photographer.  Album packaging is a significant part of what puts food on our table and a roof over our heads.  While we appreciate the convenience of digital music, it's very nature has diminished the value (and quality) of music artwork.  By removing this arrow, it's another slap in the face to the beautiful legacy of album artwork.



    What the f*** are you all thinking?  Please bring the arrow back.



    (BTW, I am running iTunes 10.6.3, and your drop down menu below only offers 10.5 as the latest option to select.)

  • fisonic Calculating status...
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    Aug 21, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    Apparently this degradation is because of iTunes Match.


    Via Match, you always get the song's rendition from the Store library - which includes the artwork from the Store library. So this 'simplification' made it a lot easier for Apple to implement Match in a consistent manner, by applying a unified handling of track artwork.


    Yet, I don't find this OK at all.

    I wonder whether Steve Jobs used multiple artwork images in his own iTunes library...


    Anyway: You can do better, Apple!

  • SoySalsero Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:10 PM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    I have been complaining about the loss of the scroll arrows to view multiple art for some time and have been


    waiting in vain for over a year for apple to fix this and restore the scrolling arrows. Someone should create an app


    to fix this. I have spent thousands of hours adding front,back,cd booklets,liner notes,etc to my itunes music


    library-- the artwork is still there in thumbnail size,pretty useless if you can't expand the images like before.


    I do have all the same images in a separate folder outside of itunes--I didn't throw all my eggs in apples basket!


    But the idea of using itunes was that in one place I could have a giant database/jukebox--right now my itunes


    library is over 240,000 tracks,roughly 24 thousand albums with multiple artwork embedded in most of these tracks.


    That was an immense effort that itunes totally nullified by removing access to the scroll arrows. I don't care about


    itunes match.I just want to be able to access all the images  the way i could do before itunes eliminated the


    feature. I seriously doubt that the new itunes 11 will fix this.I can't tell from the previews on itunes 11 how it


    will handle multiple artwork.It looks like no more carousel view either.


    What continues to irritate me is that apple is totally silent on this problem,if it's not a problem for them,then how can I expect them to fix something they don't acknowledge is broken.


    If anyone has a solution feel feel to contact me   Thanks,David Cantrell 11-23-12


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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (44,125 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 3:11 AM (in response to SoySalsero)

    It's not a "problem" from Apple's POV. They made a decision to change the behavior of the software and it works as it is supposed to. You and I might miss the earlier feature but it's not coming back. The best way I can think of for you to enjoy all the extra information you collected would be to make your own custom Digital Booklets, PDF files containing as many hi-res images and as much text as you want. Of course that will be further effort but it is one way to go...



  • SoySalsero Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 4:09 AM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    "Hopefully another third party will launch an app so that all stored artwork can easily be viewed in iTunes."



    Yes! Thank you DaveSpencer.That is the solution.That is why I made my post,

    so that maybe someone with this skill set will see the problem and create such an app!



    If I knew how-- I would write the app.


    I have all the images in a separate folder outside of iTunes as I stated above,

    so I'm still able to access my info but that is not the same as having all the info,text and

    music at my disposal in itunes.


    As for the scroll arrows not coming back you are probably correct.


    Thanks for both your responses.Appreciate it!

  • dcsos Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 5:10 AM (in response to SoySalsero)

    I've developed a quick workaround, and am still hoping Apple will develop a way.

    Go To Get Info on the tune you want to see secondary artwork for.

    Go To the Artwork tab

    Drag the back cover to the desktop, and it will create a new jpg you can open with quick viw or prieview where you can see it large!

    you end up with a lot of jpgs on the desktop to discard!

  • zit Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:15 AM (in response to DaveSpencer)

    In iTunes 11, more than the arrows are gone. The whole art preview window is gone :-(

  • dcsos Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 4:37 AM (in response to zit)

    Yeah but theres some kind of Library mode where you still see the front cover. Can't make it large except in coverflow, I'd bet!

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (44,125 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 5:20 AM (in response to dcsos)

    Click the artwork in top status bar while a track is playing to see large artwork.





    Various PCs,iTunes,iOS 6, Windows XP Pro, iPad 2,iPhone 3GS,iPod classic,nano
  • zit Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 6:07 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    That is only one piece of artwork, and only for the playing song, not for the selected song.

    No sign of scroll arrows anywhere, and swiping does nothing useful.

    That won't do.


    Except for this, I like iTunes 11.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (44,125 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 8:12 AM (in response to zit)

    It's no solution to the original problem, but it is the one way to view the primary artwork at a decent size. If you have multiple tracks with multiple art from the same album you could mix up the order of the images in each track's Get Info window so that playing the album cycles through the images.




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