Add Artwork to an Album or Group of Songs in iTunes

Mar 6, 2012 - 9 Comments

Add Artwork to Albums in iTunes

You probably know by now that you can get album art from iTunes via the Advanced menu. That will fill in most missing album covers, but bands that don’t sell their music through iTunes or music downloaded from Soundcloud and blogs often don’t have any artwork attached. In this case you can manually add artwork yourself to either an album or group of songs:

  1. Find the intended artwork using Google Images or Bing Images search, generally adding an ‘album’ suffix to the search will find what you’re looking for instantly, save it somewhere like the desktop so it’s easy to retrieve
  2. Launch iTunes and select the album or group of songs you want to add artwork for, right-click on that group and choose “Get Info”
  3. Get Info in iTunes

  4. Mark the checkbox next to “Artwork” and drag and drop the album artwork image you found earlier onto the box
  5. Add Album Art to Multiple Songs in iTunes

  6. Click “OK” to process the songs album artwork

To add a single piece of artwork to a large group of songs or albums, it’s helpful to use the iTunes search feature and then selecting all. You can always unselect certain songs in a large group by holding down the Command key and clicking on them manually, anything not selected won’t be updated. Remember to check Apple’s album cover art servers before going alone, simply because it’s easier.

Any artwork added will sync to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch the next time such a device is connected, and will also appear as the Dock icon if you replaced it with DockArt.


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Posted by: William Pearson in iTunes, Tips & Tricks


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  2. me says:

    My favorite, it’s easy and it works: Amazon Album Art Widget

    Leave a donation, this widget works. I did.

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  4. Graham says:

    Hi, where can I download the background wallpaper?

  5. s0ulp1xel says:

    Thanks! This is what I needed

  6. Irene Kisala says:

    one good source for artwork is the Album Artwork Exchange.

  7. ken says:

    FYI: Most songs from Soundcloud should include artwork in metadata

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