12 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2014 4:51 AM by PeterS
下げ髪 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have iTunes 11 on a mac with all up to date software, I can't find a way to change cover art for albums, I can do it for individual songs but that's not enough. Any suggestions?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • 1. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    Brij011 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    Select all songs in the album, get info, then paste the artwork into the box at the bottom rhs of the info page. Exactly the same as iTunes 10 except that right click, paste doesn't work - you need to use cmd V.

  • 2. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    下げ髪 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That solved the album problem but undid all the custom art selections I had for the individual tracks, do I have to do all that over again?

  • 3. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    Brij011 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    You can have individual artwork for each track or album art for the whole album but you can't have both I'm afraid.

  • 4. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    下げ髪 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But thats exactly what I did have before, I was not asking how to add album artwork I was asking how to change it. I already had individual track artwork and an overall album picture but I wanted a different album picture. So What's going on?

  • 5. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    rcrawley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Brij011: You can have both individual track artwork and album art together in iTunes 11. It's easier to start with the album art (as you describe) and then open each track individually and drag the track artwork into Artwork portion of info. From there, you can rearrange the artwork to either show each track piece when the track is playing or to show the album artwork (whichever one is first in order will be displayed in the playing dialoge at the top of iTunes or with tools like Bowtie). It's a pain and much more difficult than it was <11, but it still works.

     

    To the OP: I don't know how to change the default album artwork anymore in 11. It seems like it just pulls the first piece of artwork from the first track on the album, so if you're leading with track artwork in your Get Info box, then the album artwork will end up being the art from the first track.

     

    Like others who have large iTunes collections and place a high level of importance on album artwork, I'm really disappointed that Apple has left us behind in favor of casual users. Here's to hoping that they re-introduce full artwork management in 11.1. 

  • 6. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    DaveSpencer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    rcrawley wrote:

     

    Like others who have large iTunes collections and place a high level of importance on album artwork, I'm really disappointed that Apple has left us behind in favor of casual users. Here's to hoping that they re-introduce full artwork management in 11.1. 

     

    I am a massive fan of Apple but it is situations like these that cause loyal users to consider alternatives. At the end of the day Apple products are not cheap and I find it infuriating that a considerable number of hours have been wasted putting comphrehensive artwork in my iTunes that has now been made redundant for a very long time due to Apple's very annoying changes.

     

    "Here's to hoping that they re-introduce full artwork management in 11.1" Well I wouldn't hold your breath as Apple got rid of the facility to simply switch from (for example) the front cover to the back cover artwork many years ago.

  • 7. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    cloudvillena623 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just right click the song and click "Create AAC Version" wait until it finished to create it just takes 10secs. then you can edit and put album art with the song you've created to AAC Version..

  • 8. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    Psawed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's now Dec 2013 and I have 11.1.3.8 and the artwork is still a PAIN! Get this, some of my song's artwork and be modified via the old version (10.0) and that's whacky to me. I have a lot of music and a significant number of albums and songs have no artwork and the way Apple offers you the method to add it, doesn't work! Infuriated is not even close to how I feel. So far this morning I've invested over 3 hours of trying to add artwork to a product that should work. When are you going to get this fixed Apple???

  • 9. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    slunky1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try this:

     

    1: Turn off iTunes Match

     

    2: Highlight all the songs in the album. Click delete.

     

    3: Click "Delete from iCloud", THEN CLICK "Keep Files"

     

    4: Open the finder, find the album in question. Highlight all the songs within the album, and double click.


    5: The songs should now be in iTunes with iTunes Match off.

     

    6: Add the desired album artwork to the songs, then turn on iTunes Match. It will re-scan your library.

     

    7: The correct artwork should be uploaded and available.

     

    BE AWARE: this menthod will cause you to lose play counts, star ratings, and last played info.

  • 10. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    Oni-chama Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    if you want to change only one album artwork, you just have to create a "trash-song", one you can choose together with the song you want to change and then select an artwork for both.

    maybe it isnt the best solution but it works ^^

  • 11. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    Computer Arts Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

    Try this:

     

    1. In the Get Info pane, go to Info.

     

    2. Copy the album name and past it into the Comments box.

     

    3. Go back to the Album box and delete the album name.

     

    4. Go to Artwork and add your artwork.

     

    5. Click on any other pane, Lyrics, Options, or whatever, then click back on Artwork

     

    6. Click on your custom artwork and drag it to the left

     

    7. Click on Okay to closethe Get Info, your artwork should now be displayed with the song.

     

    Good luck and let me know how it works for you.

  • 12. Re: Can't change album art in iTunes 11.
    PeterS Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I agree, it's about time Apple, as a company supposedly keen on good design, sorted out artwork in iTunes. Particularly a way to browse through your collection looking at album covers. Didn't we used to have coverflow? For an idea, look at Amazon's cloud player. Looks amazing. Ditto for remote access on ipad, a beautiful scrolling full colour window with all the album art of any CD I purchased from Amazon. AND the album titles makes sense, not some of the rubbish iTunes downloads. Come on Apple.