7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2009 4:19 AM by Tharakesh
Tharakesh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

When I create palylist in itunes, i also select artwork ( very small jpegs) to the songs.I do this in one go for multiple songs in a Playlist.

My question here:

1. Will this duplicate the art work for each song.i mean, when i sync my ipod, will it copy the 10 artwork for 10 songs in a playlist ( Point to note here is that the artwork is the same for all the 10 songs)

2. Or will ipod copy only one file (jpeg) which is the same for all the 10 songs.

3. Is there a way where we can assign artwork to a playlist rather than each song?

cheers.

dell precision m6300, Windows Vista, X64 bit OS - 8 Gb ram
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)

    Tharakesh wrote:
    When I create palylist in itunes, i also select artwork ( very small jpegs) to the songs.I do this in one go for multiple songs in a Playlist.


    I am not even sure I understand what you mean when you say you select artwork when you make playlists. Do your tracks already have artwork associated with them before you create the playlist?

    1. Will this duplicate the art work for each song.i mean, when i sync my ipod, will it copy the 10 artwork for 10 songs in a playlist ( Point to note here is that the artwork is the same for all the 10 songs)


    I think it depends on how the artwork was added to the tracks. if you use artwork from the itunes store, it gets downloaded to the artwork folder and ONE file is use for all the songs in the album. If you add your own artwork, it is added to the files themselves.

    2. Or will ipod copy only one file (jpeg) which is the same for all the 10 songs.


    See above.

    3. Is there a way where we can assign artwork to a playlist rather than each song?


    Nope.

    Regards,
    Patrick
  • Tharakesh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    +I am not even sure I understand what you mean when you say you select artwork when you make playlists. Do your tracks already have artwork associated with them before you create the playlist?+


    Sorry that i dint make it clear.I'm adding songs to to itunes from my existing folders in hard disk.Once I do, i manually add artwork to each song.These artworks are nothing but small jpegs in my hard disk.
    I want to avoid adding the similar artwork to all the songs belonging to a single album.I wanted to add only one artwork, which applies for the entire album (in my case, each album is a folder in my hard disk).is this possible?
  • blackboxxx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you add artwork manually, it is stored in each file separately. So yes, it means it will take 10 times more space for 10 songs even if the artwork is the same.
    However, if you download the artwork from the iTunes store (right-click a track or an album and select *Get Album Artwork*, it will be stored only once for each album.
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)
    Ah ok I see what you are saying. When you add artwork to tracks manually, the artwork is attached to the MP3, AAC, etc. files themselves.

    In iTunes you can add the artwork to just one of the tracks, normally track #1, and iTunes will use it for ALL the tracks in that album I believe. However I am not sure if that is true for the iPod. It probably wouldn't be if you didn't sync over the entire album and left behind the one with the artwork.

    I tend to add artwork to ALL the tracks in the album by selecting the whole album, e.g. ten tracks at the same time, then Get Info, then adding the artwork to all. My iPod is 80GB and my library is smaller than that, so for now ALL my library fits on my iPod. So I haven't had a reason to not add artwork to all the tracks.

    My gut feeling is that you need to add the artwork to each song for the iPod to reliably show it correctly no matter which track is playing. If you want, try adding it only to track one and see if the other tracks show the artwork on the iPod or not.

    Cheers,
    Patrick
  • Tharakesh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Patrick.Even i do the same, like adding album artwork to each of the tracks.As my ipod is a 120 Gb classic, i don't mind spending some space for this

    But apple should allow to assign artwork to playlist, so that we can avoid a junk of artwork accumulating in our ipods.

    *_My the way, i have one more problem Patrick :_*

    I select all the tracks, then get info, the add the artwork.Once done, some tracks display the artwork and some don't.Any reason for this?

    cheers
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)
    Tharakesh wrote:
    I select all the tracks, then get info, the add the artwork.Once done, some tracks display the artwork and some don't.Any reason for this?


    That's the way I do it as well and it always seems to work.

    The only thing I can think of is if the tracks have a different ID3 version of tags than the other tracks.

    Patrick
  • Tharakesh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ya..I too guess it's a problem with the tag.I cannot figure out, based on which tags, tunes groups the tracks and applies the artwork.

    When i select the track which doesnt disply the artwork, then 'getinfo', I can see the artwork assigned there.But itunes doesn't display it in the cover flow mode.Quite confusing.