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Hemslow Level 1 (0 points)

How do I set default genre artwork in iTunes 11? iTunes has remembered what was my iTunes 10 default grid artwork for genres, which I set by scrolling through the tile and then right clicking and setting the artwork I wanted. How do I edit this, or remove the default artwork I have set in iTunes 11?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5), does not support Mountain Lion.
  • ac3320 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same question. In iTunes 10, users were able to right-click an item and "Set as default grid artwork," in addition to the method you described above. Right now I am stuck with a very un-Apple-beautiful-no-artwork Genre list (#firstworldproblem):

    Screen Shot 2012-12-01 at 7.42.51 PM.png

    So lame

  • Scolk Level 1 (0 points)

    Same for me!!! I use the genres section to browse my movie and I liked it when my favorit movie artwork was the artwork of the genre. In iTunes 10 it was simple to do and perfect. But now it's gone!!!! I hate when apple make things right just to remove it after!!! I realy don't get it and I hope apple will fix it!

  • Hemslow Level 1 (0 points)

    @ ac3320 - this is excatly as mine looks and I have still not found a way to fix it. I was sure that it would just be that I was missing something but it looks like a lot of other people are having this issue too. Either we're all really stupid or Apple have completely missed this.

  • erixium Level 1 (0 points)

    To change the genre artwork in iTunes 11 (Windows 7):


    1. Close iTunes.

    2. Go to: Computer>Local Disk (C:)>Program Files (x86)>iTunes>iTunes.Resources

    3. You will see a bunch of jpg (picture) files. They will be named like this: genre-drama, genre-action, etc.

    4. Just delete the picture for the particular genre that you want to change.

    5. Find a picture you want to use and save in the iTunes.Resources folder. Label it [genre-whatever]

    6. Open iTunes. Your genre should be labled with the picture you saved in the iTunes.Resources folder.


    While we're on the subject, I wish they would let me display my genres with large pics like before. I liked it that way...


    Rock on!

  • iCoco Level 1 (90 points)

    I too would love to know how to set a genre artwork in iTunes 11 on a Mac with Mountain Lion. Seems as if right-clicking an item and "Set as default grid artwork" no longer exists.

  • Mr Blond Qc Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem here. iTune 11 seems such a downgrade instead of a upgrade.

    Appart from the look there is no significant add on.


    If anyone found something. Please post.

  • Steve Taylor1 Level 5 (4,670 points)

    If you wanted to go this route on a Mac


    Go to finder > Applications.


    Right Mouse click on app and select open package

    Select Contents > Resources and the Genre jpg files are in there

  • Mr Blond Qc Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey I succeed to find a way.


    1-As simple as selecting all the movies in the same genre. (command A of the genre, then command i)

    2-Change the name of the genre to completely something else. (temp name)

    3-Then selected again all the same movies.

    4-And rechange the name of the genre to the one you want.


    It seems itunes pick the artwork of the first movie of the genre.

    You don't have the choice. But better then nothing.


    Hope this help.


    As you see the size of the artwork is matching the poster.


  • iCoco Level 1 (90 points)

    Mr Blond Qc, thank you for this suggestion. However, when changing the genre name to a new one I get the first cover to show up in the genre list, which is sweet. But when I change the genre's name back to it's previous original, the cover is gone again. Not so great.


    Thank you anyway, at least now we now have a workaround. :thumbup:

  • Mr Blond Qc Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah it did this for me as well.

    I manage to succeed to keep my original name by playing around with it couple of time.

    Or putting a space at the end.


    I agree it's not the best solution, only a workaround.

    but hey, thought it might worth sharing.

  • Hemslow Level 1 (0 points)

    I had to start a new iTunes library for other reasons and that fixed this issue for me. I now only use genres that have an Apple tile associated to them otherwise it's picks artwork from a film in that genre and it doesn't look consistent. I know that's a bit OCD but I like consistency!


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  • fat_geo Level 1 (0 points)


    i too have the OCD here - and it's been comrpomised in that the default artwork from itunes for TV shows seems to have disappeared! eg for documentary i get one of the posters of the shows in this category

    is there a way to get them back does anyone know?!


  • siamless Level 1 (0 points)

    I found a nice app that does quite a good job in creating your own Artwork in iT...:

  • scottkbender Level 1 (0 points)

    I saw this inquiry and had a similar question about how to create a default genre artwork for a newly created genre category in iTunes 11. Following erixium and Steve Taylor1's starting instructions I discovered a method to perform this task that I thought I would share.


    1. Create a new genre in iTunes.
      1. Control-click the item you want in a new genre.
      2. Select Get Info from the drop down menu
      3. Select the Info tab
      4. In the Genre box at the bottom type in a new name, let's call it example for this sake.
      5. Click the Okay button at the bottom right, should be blue.
    2. Close iTunes
    3. Create a new Genre artwork from a .jpg file and name it genre-example.jpg
    4. In Finder go to the Applications window, select iTunes,app and control-click
    5. Select Show Package Contents from the drop down menu
    6. Copy the new Genre artwork into the Resources folder
    7. Look for a file named genres.plist in the Resources folder.
    8. Copy that folder to another location and save a copy of it in case you make a mistake and need to go back to the original.
    9. Control-click the file and select open with then other from the menu
    10. Select as the application to open it with and click the open button on the bottom right
    11. Go to the bottom of the file and select the last 4 lines prior to the line with </array>, they should look like this
    12. Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 6.55.27 PM.png
    13. Copy those 4 lines below the selected 4 to create a new item
    14. Change the 2nd line (in this case musical score) to the name of the new genre you create in iTunes
    15. Change the 3rd line (in this case genre-soundtrack.jpg) to the name of the .jpg file with your new artwork that you already inserted into the Resources folder of the iTunes package
    16. Save the file
    17. Copy the file to the Resources folder of the iTunes package overwriting the original genres.plist file
    18. Close the Finder window
    19. Open iTunes
    20. Your previously newly created genre should now be using the genre artwork that you selected.


    If anyone finds an easier way to do this, please post.


    Thank you.

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