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JThmpsn Calculating status...
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Sep 17, 2007 12:34 PM
I transfered my music and artwork onto the ipod touch, but I've found that much of the album artwork does not match the album it's on. For example, in Coverflow my Bruce Springsteen album art shows up for my Dispatch album.
I've checked my itunes library, but the album artwork is correct on that.

Does anyone know what's wrong?
Macbook, 3rd Gen iPod, Nano, Touch, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Sep 17, 2007 12:39 PM (in response to JThmpsn)
    If your iPod is set to update automatically you could give give this a try. It usually sorts out wrong artwork problems on the other iPods and may work on the Touch:
    1. Connect your iPod
    2. Disable "Display album artwork" in iPod>Music tab and click Apply.
    3. Syncronise the iPod with iTunes.
    4. Re-enable "Display album artwork" in iPod>Music tab and click Apply.
    5. Syncronise the iPod again.
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G
  • chrismathews Calculating status...
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    Sep 17, 2007 12:41 PM (in response to Zevoneer)
    I had a similar problem with this, and someone told me to just select all my music > then "Get Info" > Then check Compilation an choose "No"

    I hope this helps
  • Tim Watts Calculating status...
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    Sep 17, 2007 12:50 PM (in response to Zevoneer)
    I too am having random Album Art mismatches. It's actually so off kilter it's a bit funny. Right now Toby Keith is playing but displaying Dave Matthews artwork. To make it even worse, when turned horizontally a Gin Blossoms album cover shows.

    I could be wrong but I do not recall seeing the display artwork option on the Touch options.
  • Wei Yang Calculating status...
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    Sep 17, 2007 12:54 PM (in response to Tim Watts)
    I think the display artwork option is in itunes, not the touch itself.

    I had the same exact problem after updating a bunch of my album artwork in itunes. I ended up resyncing the entire ipod, and it fixed itself. But took a really long time. Maybe the disabling artwork tip would do the trick.
    Macbook Pro C2D 15", Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Tim Watts Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 17, 2007 1:29 PM (in response to Wei Yang)
    I'm sorry, but what I meant was I do not remember seeing the display artwork option in ITunes options for the Touch. I looked quickly last night but will check again when I get home.
  • GenericWhiteGuy Calculating status...
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    Sep 17, 2007 1:45 PM (in response to JThmpsn)
    I saw this once. It grouped several unrelated albums by different artists under the same album cover. I deleted them from the ipod and then resynced. Even though I didn't change any metadata, it displayed properly afterwards.

    That fixed the problem for now but it seems like this is another item to add to Apples fixes for the Touch.
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  • Tim Watts Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 3:03 AM (in response to JThmpsn)
    I too was having random nis matched album art on my Touch and I have found the cause and solution at least for my scenario. I started noticing that the albums where the Touch was mis matching album art, had lower resolution images in ITunes for that album art. As soon as I replaced with a higher res image (say 500x500) It shows fine on the Touch after a simple sync.

    I even had the issue on a track purchased from the Wi Fi store. Initially it looked fine, but after syncing it became a mis-match. I went to I Tunes, deleted album art for that track, then chose find artwork, and now it syncs up fine on the Touch. I can only assume that there may be some resolution issue when downloading from ITunes store as well but not sure on that one.

    All I know is, that replacing with newer images workded for me.
  • ubernostrum Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2007 1:49 AM (in response to JThmpsn)
    I'm seeing the same thing, but only after a large (e.g., couple gigabytes transferred) sync. The suggestions below about tagging, compilations and similar-seeming albums seem useful (the biggest offender seems to be "Various Artists" albums -- I've seen the cover art from a compilation of classical recordings show on a film soundtrack, for example), but so far I haven't been able to get it quite right; the only thing that's consistently worked for me is to wipe all the music off the iPod touch and re-sync it.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Snortbert Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2007 4:45 PM (in response to JThmpsn)
    I had the same problem and found that the unrelated albums that were merged had a common Album Name, like "Greatest Hits". To fix, I renamed the Album Names in the affected songs to include the artist. This allowed the touch to distinguish between the albums and resolved the problem on mine.
    Other OS, Ubuntu
  • Bowen Simmons Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Nov 3, 2007 7:06 PM (in response to JThmpsn)
    I've seen the same thing (along with artwork that is simply missing on the iPod but present in iTunes). There doesn't seem to be any discernible pattern to this; re-syncing from scratch fixes it for a while, but it eventually gets screwed up again. I think the album art cache/db/index/store whatever it is is just prone to corruption. I saw the comments about resolution, but I don't think that's it: I have missing art that is above that resolution. I also saw the comment about same album names for different artists but that is not what I'm seeing (for example, I see the Elvis Costello cover for "Punch the Clock" for a song from The Ramones "Loco Live").

    I think we're just going to have to wait for a software update for this to get fixed.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iPod Touch
  • Jean Jacques Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2007 10:08 AM (in response to JThmpsn)
    In the meantime about half of my artwork is wrong. Even better, some albums now have artwork of podcasts. So for me its for sure this is an iPod Touch bug. On the old Nano everything is perfect.
    iMac 20 Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.9), MacBook Pro 15" and PowerBook G4 12"
  • Max Willner Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2007 7:41 PM (in response to Jean Jacques)
    this does not apply to just touch ipods, i'm having the same problem with my 80gig ipod video. i dont see any display artwork button either.
    Ipod 80g Video, Windows XP
  • AEBNYC Calculating status...
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    Dec 4, 2007 5:37 AM (in response to Max Willner)
    Downloading the cover art, snazzy though it might be, only makes a huge mess. The "artist" data from the cover art database seems to take over and the ipod ignores the other artist data in itunes. I first deleted all of the cover art, but that didn't fix it. I then tried the idea suggested above of checking "no" for "Compilation" and that seems to have fixed it. This really needs to get fixed with a patch...
    Dell, Windows XP
  • Girshon Rutstein Level 2 Level 2 (350 points)
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    Dec 4, 2007 5:59 AM (in response to JThmpsn)
    I have similar problems with my iPod classic. A mismatch! Showing one cover and playing different CD. also if I have multiple CDs from one artist in the iPod they are not grouped together.

    I think this is a bug. Because if you sync iTunes with iPod it should be a replica.

    Message was edited by: Girshon Rutstein
    G5, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
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