How-to: Obtain Full-Res iTunes Artwork externally

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by asherman13, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I don't know if this has been posted, but whatever.

    Let's say you want some full-resolution (600x600, I think) iTunes artwork, but iTunes won't automatically give you the artwork (this feature came out with iTunes 7). If you're in this situation, feel free to take the following steps to obtain the artwork you want.

    This method works with all versions of iTunes, and the iTunes Store, as of iTunes version 7.0.2.

    Step 1: Go to the album whose artwork you want in the iTunes Store.

    Step 2: Right-click (Ctrl-click) on the album artwork and select "Copy iTunes Store URL"

    Step 3: Go to Ignore the large red print. The game is NOT up.

    Step 4: Paste (Command-V, or ?-V) the iTunes Store URL into the box labeled "iTunes Album URL"

    Step 5: Click "Submit". You will get a page showing a small version of the artwork with two links below it, "Small" and "Large".

    Step 6: Click the "Small" link below the iTunes artwork. If you want the full-resolution version of the artwork (which is more suitable for Front Row viewing), do not copy this small picture!

    Step 7: You will be taken to a site of just the small .jpg image of the artwork. (I was obtaining the full-resolution artwork for "The Office" when writing this, so when I clicked I was taken to this site:

    Step 8: Look at the URL. It will read, at the end, ".170x170-75.jpg". Delete the ".170x170-75" part. (My URL, after this step, read

    Step 9: Hit "Return" (or "Enter", whatever) and you will be taken to the full-resolution .jpg of the iTunes artwork of your choice! Feel free to then copy this to your Desktop and add it to the iTunes media (songs, TV Shows, whatever) it belongs with! :)

  2. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    Doesn't seem to work on the album artwork I've tried. You could just right click on a song in iTunes and choose Get Album Artwork. Then copy the artwork from the Artwork pane, and paste it back into the music file via Command+I.
  3. mannix87 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2005
    in the southeast
    there are a number of widgets that you can use that will directly upload the artwork to iTunes.
  4. billabong macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2004
    Does anyone have an update on this...... It doesn't seem to work for me either...
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Works perfectly for me. Just obtained the cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nice!
  6. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    Are They Higher Res Than Large Images?

    I use listings. Are the ones you have to go through all that any better? There's a file size trade off the higher res you go. I don't like that part. That's why I don't add artwork to any of my own rips.
  7. zyuzin4 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Eugene, OR
    think this is worth a sticky? It is great for TV shows artwork for rips you make yourself

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