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Do you have missing album art in your iTunes collection? If you don’t buy all of your music from iTunes and you have a taste for rare music, you probably have missing album art. Even something extremely popular, like Rush’s “Moving Pictures” was missing album art when I imported it, because it was a special edition. You may have purchased a complete collection of an artist’s work on iTunes. Instead of having one album cover for the artist’s entire collection, you can add the original album cover for each album in the collection. You may even prefer to have a different album cover than the one iTunes included. This is quite common if you listen to imported music. Often the import and domestic versions have different album covers.
In rare cases, controversial artwork may be replaced with an innocuous version. Both Apple and Wal-Mart have an annoying habit of doing this. You can see some famous album covers that have been censored, but keep in mind, this is not safe for work. It’s amazing how many mainstream artists, such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and Bon Jovi, have had their album artwork censored. This was going on long before Apple, Wal-Mart, and others were doing this. I feel it is up to the consumer to decide whether they want the original album cover or the nanny-corp version. You can always replace it in iTunes. This tutorial will show you how.
This guide will explain how to fix missing iTunes album art, as well as replacing album art for a set of tracks in complete collections. It also covers how to replace album art, if you prefer a different cover. This tutorial is designed for iTunes 11. iTunes 11 is a great update, and recent patches have made it rock solid — even AirPlay is stable! If you haven’t upgraded, I highly recommend it. If you are using an older version of iTunes, don’t worry. The process to update album artwork is the same, but the screens are different. (continue…)