Fix iTunes Album Artwork

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Adding Album Art

If you are missing album art, allow iTunes to find it. Simply go to File > Library > Get Album Artwork. Once you agree to the disclaimer that pops up, iTunes will automatically try to find cover art. This process may take a few minutes if you have a large collection. Don’t be surprised if iTunes doesn’t find cover art for an album lacking artwork. Usually, these are CDs that you imported into iTunes that aren’t sold in the iTunes store. Sometimes iTunes may have the album, but cannot link it with the CD version you imported. Don’t worry, you can still fix it with a little effort.

Adding album art manually takes a little more effort. To fix album artwork manually for one album, make sure you are in album or artist view in iTunes. You can switch views by clicking the labels at the top of iTunes, right underneath the “Now Playing” display.

switch iTunes artist or album view

Once you have found the album in need of artwork, right-click on the blank album cover (it is a white box with grey “eighth notes”).

select album with missing artwork in iTunes

Select “Get Info” from the pop up menu.

iTunes album pop up menu

A dialog box will pop up asking “Are you sure you want to edit information for multiple items?”. Click “Yes”. Open your web browser and search for album art. I recommend Google Images for this task. Once you have found the image, you can save it or drag it to your desktop.

Find album artwork with Google Images

Next, drag the image you just found onto the album artwork field in iTunes.

Click “OK” and you’re done. You can repeat this process for all of the albums in your collection that don’t have artwork. If you copied these albums over to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you will need to sync iTunes to get the new artwork on your device. You may even need to copy the albums to your device again. (continue…)

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