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stefter Level 1 (0 points)
The album art on my iPod (on iPhone) is all mixed up. On iTunes (on my computer) it's all correct. How do I fix this?

hp, iOS 4
  • FormerPCer Level 2 (180 points)
    Try syncing again.
  • stefter Level 1 (0 points)
    I've synched it twice since I noticed the problem but nothing has changed.
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (68,604 points)
    Define "all messed up".

    Perhaps my article on grouping tracks into albums will help.

  • stefter Level 1 (0 points)
    By messed up I mean that a lot of them (not all) are mixed up. For example, U2 art shows on John Legend. Bobby Long shows on Marc Cohen, etc. But on my iTunes, it's all fine - all art is with coinciding song. HELP!
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (68,604 points)
    What happens if you remove both albums involved in a mix-up then add them back one at a time? E.g. the U2 & John Legend albums... Do these albums share a title by any chance? iTunes & iPods have issues with albums that have the same name but are by different artists, e.g. "Greatest Hits". Various forms of tag inconsistency such as mixed casing ("The Album" and "The album") or using Sort fields to merge different values of artist may cause also indexing problems. If you can't find any other resolution then you could delete the *Album Artwork* folder and force iTunes to rebuild the album artwork cache from scratch, although this will remove any store downloaded artwork.

  • alwaystanning Level 1 (0 points)

    So it looks like about 1/3 of my 7000+ songs have the wrong album artwork.  I also have a lot of custom artwork which I added when iTunes had the wrong or poor quality artwork so I will not want to delete this folder on my computer.  It is fine on the laptop, just on the iPdo touch...

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (68,604 points)

    Deleting the Album Artwork folder doesn't touch art embedded in tags, but it does get iTunes to rebuild the artwork cache. If you've tried restoring the device and checked out my advice about not merging albums or artists with common sort values, and still haven't had success, then rebuilding the cache might just help.



  • brian206 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have this same issue. As soon as I upgraded to iOS 5 all my album artwork is mixed up on my iPhone.  I've synced five times and have tried a restore all to no avail.  It's all still correct in iTunes though.  Any Ideas?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (68,604 points)

    Perhaps a screenshot ot two would help. It might at least suggest other questions to ask. In the past iTunes has been more forgiving of case differences ("A-ha" vs. A-Ha" for example) than some of the devices, but it may be that iOS 4.3 was being case-insensitive and now iOS 5 isn't. Consistency usually manages to fix things



  • aquatics Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the exact same problem with album art totally mixed up after upgrade to iOS 5. I solved it by deleting all music from the iPhone (first unchecked "sync music" in iTunes, and then synced). Thereafter I reinstalled music by rechecking "sync music", and all album art appeared correct. The whole process (deleting and reinstalling) took about 20 minutes for 1200+ tracks.

  • S!d Level 1 (0 points)

    In addition to the Album art being messed up. I have another issue where the sound tracks just wont play. The seeker bar does not start. and i have this issue for most of my songs.

  • ahramfromatlanta Level 1 (5 points)

    I think I figured it out: Connect your ipad/iphone to your iTunes PC/MAC. In iTunes, click on the iPad/iPhone. On the "Summary" tab for your device (in iTunes), select "Sync with this iPad/iPhone over Wi-Fi". On your iPad/iphone go to "Settings", then "General". Toward the bottom you'll see "iTunes Wi-Fi Sync". Select it. Select the "Sync Now" option. It's the only option. iTunes should start syncing the missing album covers.


    I'm doing this as I'm writing this. Good luck!

  • Drb00 Level 1 (0 points)

    I seem to have the same issue. The album and movie artwork are all mixed up, that is the movie Up has air supply album art. Almost all albums hav the incorrect album art. I tried to do a restore, but it only locks up. So I synced instead. I'm wondering the best way of fixing this.


    Ps: a friend was showing me a kindle fire, and we tried to do a head to head test. This is where I found the movie had the wrong art, when I tried to play the movie, it would just hang on wherever you slid the bar. I then tried to run a video on a website it hung as well. Rebooted and all is fine, didn't say much for IOS5.

  • rareis13 Level 1 (0 points)

    So I had the same issue when I upgraded my ipod as well. I just restored my ipod to its original setting and then synced it as a new device. So far so good, theres some missing artwork but at least its not jumbled.

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