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Album art not shown in finder

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Litabel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 7, 2012 7:05 AM

Embedded album art in audio files is not shown in finder since I upgraded to ML (worked fine in SL).

Other peaple report a solution of the problem with elimination of Voice Memos. But in my case this is not evident because I do not have Voice Memos.


Does somebody know the solution of the problem?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • surogat70 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 7:37 AM (in response to Litabel)

    First, this is a long lasting and complicated issue. Long lasting, because all versions of iTunes/Finder had this behavior. Complicated, because you have to do a lot of work.


    You should be aware that:

    1. Adding covers with iTunes to audio files (e.g. MP3) doesn't mean they will embedded into this file. It depends of how you do this.

    2. Files which show a cover in iTunes, not necessarily have a cover embedded in the file.

    3. You have to crosscheck whether a file really contains a cover. This will not work always with the finder. The finder shows you sometimes a cover and sometimes it does not, especially on shares with foreign file system (e.g. SMB shares).

    4. Install a separate application for tagging and crosscheck purposes.


    You will be suprised how many files do not have a cover embedded.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 7:55 AM (in response to Litabel)

    If you go to the Music folder in iTunes folder (look in iTunes Preferences Advaced Tab, where to find that folder), and click an Artist Folder and the the Subfolder if the songs are even deeper, and when you see the songs, you see which one has the Art embedded. Some albums have it embedded in all the songs some don't. But if even one song in the album has embedded artwork, the whole album will display this in iTunes. If none has, there will be no artwork in the iTunes on the album. You can add artwork yourself by getinfo on one song of the album and in the Artwork Tab you can add the artwork.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 8:21 AM (in response to Litabel)

    Search for a folder called "album artwork"

  • surogat70 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 9:32 AM (in response to Litabel)

    You could do a test: Open iTunes and look at the meta data of an album or a single file. Drag the cover from the meta data dialog to desktop, iTunes file generate a file on desktop. After that, delete the cover in this album/file and click OK, so that iTunes will write to the file. Open the meta data dialog for that file again and drag the cover from the desktop back to the cover field and click ok. iTunes should write again to the file. Now check in Finder whether the file will indicated with cover art. If not change the size of the file icons with the little slider on the bottom of Finders windows.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to Litabel)

    Maybe this will help:




    If you monitor the "More Like This" box, other solved threads appear. Opening them usually displays other threads.

  • Morglbltrio Calculating status...
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    Dec 16, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to Litabel)

    I have a similar problem. Here is the link to my post:


    Could you try and report your results?



  • Morglbltrio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2012 5:45 AM (in response to Litabel)

    In my case it's also always correct in iTunes.


    So don't we have the same problem?

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