7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2008 11:41 AM by turingtest2
DMG988 Level 1 (0 points)
How do I update Album artwork onto my ipod after i have found the artwork and added it to my itunes?

i tried to just plug in my ipod and sync. it but that didnt work.

Windows Vista
  • Katrina S. Level 7 (24,095 points)
    There is a checkbox to sync album artwork - is that ticked?
  • mama537 Level 1 (0 points)
    Could you please be more specific about where this check box is located?

    I looked in Edit-Preferences as well as the area where the sync settings are when the iPod is connected, and am not seeing this box anywhere.

    I have also found & corrected artwork, and it displays fine in iTunes, but doesn't sync to my iPod.

    Is the only option to restore and re-sync from backup??
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,043 points)
    *Why is artwork not showing on my iPod when it's there in iTunes?*
    iTunes will display a cover in many of it's views provided at least one track from the album has embedded artwork. The iPod appears to load only the artwork from track one to create the cover flow and album views which means that it can sometimes fail to display art for albums even when you can see the art in iTunes. Further, when tracks are played on the iPod, artwork is displayed if and only if it exists in the currently playing track, so track one may show art while track two does not.

    *How to find tracks without artwork*
    To find all the tracks without artwork so that you can update them you can try http://www.stum.de/itunes-find-tracks-without-artwork/ for Windows or http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=trackswithoutartwork for Macs. Use Google, Amazon, Discogs etc. to locate relevant images. Ideally these should be square, 320x320 pixels or above and borderless to give the best results in the various menus. If you have artwork for some tracks of an album, but not others, find the album in the main music folder, select a track with artwork, right-click (Option-Click for Macs) on the art & click copy, then select all the tracks of the album, use CTRL-I or Command-I to *Get Info* and then paste the image into the artwork box.

    I say 320x320 because I believe (from using TouchCopy) that it's the size used in the iPod cache so if you're going to crop or resize you might as well work to that size. Otherwise 200x200 is probably good enough.

    *Rebuild artwork cache*
    Sometimes the artwork cache becomes corrupt and fails to show correct artwork, even when this is properly set up in iTunes. To rebuild the artwork cache, connect your iPod to iTunes. Locate the iPod in the Sources pane on the left-hand side, then select the Music tab. Remove the tick from *Display album artwork on your iPod*, sync the iPod, reselect the option & sync again.

  • mama537 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for responding.

    "Locate the iPod in the Sources pane on the left-hand side, then select the Music tab. Remove the tick from Display album artwork on your iPod, sync the iPod, reselect the option & sync again."

    I do not have the "Display album artwork on your iPod" box under the Music tab. The only 2 boxes I have are: "Sync music" (with "all..." or "selected..." & "Include music videos". Here's a screen shot: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9GCeyZLf8J7WtbtPmGXACw

    If you have any other suggestions, or if I am not looking at what you've directed me to, please advise.
    Thanks again for your time.
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,043 points)
    Ah - it's a Touch. On the same page for a regular iPod the option appears just below *Include music videos*. On the Summary tab do you have an option to *Sync only checked sngs and videos*? If so, set this, uncheck the tracks you want to update, sync, check the tracks & sync agagin. If that doesn't work then Restore would seem to be the remaining option.

  • mama537 Level 1 (0 points)
    I thought I'd avoid the tedious task of unchecking and re-checking tracks because there are so many with missing artwork, and went ahead with the Restore.

    Restore did not solve the artwork issue, so I will try a couple tracks to test it. I don't have much hope though.

    While not a major problem, it's annoying. The coverflow feature is pretty impressive, but with a bunch of blanks, isn't much fun.

    Thanks again for your time tt2.
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,043 points)
    Restore should have done the trick. I take it you've confirmed that all tracks do have embedded art. Is there any other possible pattern, e.g very large image size or certain image formats? I tend to stick to jpg's for my image sources though I'm not sure it should really make a difference.