Album Art for the iPod Classic 160GB

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Max Dread, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Max Dread macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Hi all

    I've tried searching but most of the threads relating to this seem quite old.

    1. Please could someone tell me what the ideal size for album artwork on an Ipod Classic 160gb is? Not for iTunes or anything like that... Just and only for the Ipod.

    2. If possible I would prefer not to embed album art, so that I can save space. I've read in a couple of places that foo_dop (foobar component) is capable of transferring the folder.jpg to an ipod without embedding it to the mp3. Can anyone confirm whether this is the case? And if so, how does it work?

    Many thanks

  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2014
    1. 300x300 or 400x400 or 500x500 or 600x6000.
    2. Album art is jpg image of less size.
  3. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Oh, that's a great site! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have more UK music than US music, and so it's very difficult having to sign in and out between my two accounts just to get the album art within iTunes.
  5. Max Dread thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Thanks for the responses and for that handy link.

    With regard to my second point, I found out that foo_dop is able to send/convert the "folder.jpg" to the iPods database, and from there the iPod will be able to display the artwork (without having to have it embedded). Result!

  6. Max Dread thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2014

    Just wanted to revisit this for a little further advice.

    I know nothing about photography, jpegs, etc etc. But i recently bought an iPod Classic 160GB and will be putting music with album art onto it. I've been told the iPod's display is 320x320. In the ripping program I am using, I can specify a file size for tagged art. I want the art on the iPod to take up as little room as possible (save that for music!), but to still be of good quality.


    1. Would there be much difference visually between, say, a file of 200x200 and one of 320x320? At what size will a difference start to be noticed on the iPod?

    2. I know that jpegs can be compressed. Are there any other ways their files sizes can be reduced? And when compressing, how much can you get away with?

    To put it another way... I'm using dbPoweramp for all my ripping and there's a DSP add-on that allows you to specify album Pixel Size and File Size. To achieve the file size, compression is used. So I can actually use the Ripper to produce artwork of a specified pixel and file size. But what's gonna be the best choice for the iPod?


  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2014

    You are really spending too much time.......
    as far as my experience goes...
    iPOD classic 7Gen 160GB... has 320x240 resolution @163PPI

    1. usually when i rip music i choose 400x400,
    2. JPEG's are compressed. You really can't compress jpeg's further without loosing image clarity.
    3. I use 67PPI when i am asked for album art.
    mp3 file size is really not affected much by album art.
    It just look fancy and more colourful and visually aware.

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