Where exactly is iTunes saving artwork?

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  1. kavika411 macrumors 6502a

    kavika411

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    Thank you for reading this. I know this seems to be an inane question, but I need to know where iTunes is saving artwork. Specifically, when I tell iTunes to "get album artwork", where does it go, and when I download artwork and paste it myself, where does it go? I may be wrong, but I do not think it is saving artwork in the same place when iTunes "gets" it as opposed to when I paste it.

    Thank you for your thoughts.
     
  2. m-dogg macrumors 65816

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    I don't know the answer to your question, but I agree that it seems to store them differently depending on how the artwork is added (manually vs. through iTunes).
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'm almost certain it's added to the song file itself, in both cases.
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I agree, because if you copy just the song file to another machine, then add that song to itunes it has the appropriate artwork.
     
  5. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    If you paste it in, it goes in the file AND in a seperate folder, if you 'get album artwork', it doesn't embed, and just goes in a folder. This is all used for the 'coverflow' crap. At least that's how it was when 7.0 came out. This was evidenced by the fact that the iTunes screensaver didn't and perhaps still doesn't pull any of the artwork that isn't embedded. Perhaps it grabs it and embeds it when you drag music out of iTunes to send somewhere else though.
     
  6. kavika411 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I appreciate all of your comments, especially decksnap's. I'm not at my iTunes computer to verify what you said, but that sounds right. I too have noticed that the album art screen saver acts very strange; I have over 800 CDs/album "arts" yet it is only displaying about 30 or 40. Perhaps those are the ones that I pasted. Very annoying.
     
  7. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Yep, and I might not be 100% correct either, but when the 'get album art' feature came in, I deleted ALL my album art and tried to re-get it at a higher quality with this feature. That's when my screensaver stopped working altogether. You would think they could have anticipated this obvious glitch. There is only one reason why it would be seperate from the file, and that would be for coverflow to rip through images faster.
     

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