Amending/changing audiobook cover art in iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by BoyBach, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006

    I've bought a few audiobooks from to listen to during my travels, but the cover art is extremely low resolution. I've tried the usual ways of importing a higher-res version but it appears that I'm not allowed to change it ( :mad: ).

    Whilst it's hardly the end of the world, it does annoy me - I'm anal about these sort of things!

    Does anybody know of a solution?

    Cheers, Andrew.


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  2. maddmaxxx macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2007
    I'm considering buying an IPOD. I'm already an Audible (US) customer. does it work well with audible in general.

  3. Mr Skills macrumors 6502a

    Mr Skills

    Nov 21, 2005
    I'm having the same problem - Audible covert art is horribly grainy and low-res. Does anybody know how to replace it?
  4. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    I guess this is the way.

    Go to a song, get info.
    Go to artwork.
    Select the image.
    Open Photoshop or such program.
    Command+N for new document
    Alt+Command+I (Alt+CTRL+I on Windows)
    Change image pixels to about 500x500 or higher, in a square format.
    Save image to JPEG on desktop.
    Select all Audible songs.
    Get info.
    Import the new high res file into the illustration.

  5. Mr Skills macrumors 6502a

    Mr Skills

    Nov 21, 2005
    But the whole point of the thread is that this doesn't work! If you "get info" and try to paste new artwork onto Audible tracks, nothing happens.
  6. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2008
    Yes, iPods work great with Audible content, and you can resume where you left off, scroll forwards/backwards, and load audible content in iTunes (for now as Amazon just bought Audible and hopefully won't alter this).

    OP: I think this is a feature that may require 3rd party software, but I'm not sure which. I'm off to find out, as I would also like improved graphics.

    Edit: No luck. It looks to be a DRM issue.
  7. benjamintm macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007
    The process is quite easy, just not optimal.
    1. Copy the Audible file out of iTunes to your desktop. This will result in a .aa file.
    2. Rename the file to something else (e.g. foo.aa).
    3. Drag and drop the file back into iTunes. This will result in two versions of the file showing up in iTunes.
    4. Select both version and right-click to "Get Info". You may be prompted about editing multiple files. If so, click yes.
    5. In the "Multiple Item Information" window, copy your custom artwork to the artwork field.
    6. Click Ok. Now both files should have your custom artwork.
    7. Delete the second file.

    It's not a DRM thing, it's an iTunes thing. Apple has disabled editing artwork for some (probably legal) reason, but only for when editing one file. Go figure.

  8. BoyBach thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006

    Thank you. It worked a treat! :)
  9. spl2010 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
    thank you! + another suggestion

    I was bothered just as much as BoyBach regarding low res photos of Audible (thanks for posting this question). So a big thank you to benjamin for the great solution! In reading your tip, I also realized I had three files already (it's an Audible book requiring 3 separate files) - so, instead of creating a separate file, I simply selected all 3 files instead and it worked like a charm.

    The high res photo is soooo much better (even looking at it on the iPhone screen, the low res version really bothered me. what is up with Audible anyway? because this is about 3 years after this thread was started, and I'm talking about a new book here...)

    Anyhoo, thanks much! So a note to any other stragglers like me - if you have a multiple-file audible book, you won't need to create a separate file.
  10. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    Great work, thanks!
  11. albara macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2013

    I actually sign-up to this form just to say THANK YOU benjamintm for the solution!
  12. soundsgoodtome macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Los Angeles
    This tip ROCKS! Thanks!!
  13. dgalvan123 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2008
  14. rudenkobm macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
  15. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Just wanted to say thank you benjamintm, that helped a lot!

    Though rather than dragging files to the desktop etc, I just selected an audiobook file with no artwork which I have and changed both the Audible book and the blank book, then removed it from the blank one afterwards.
  16. KING100 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    You dont need to make a duplicate file.

    In itunes right click on audio file.
    Click Getinfo
    Options >>>Click Media kind and change to music
    Go to your music library and find the audiobook.
    Right click and click getinfo again.
    There you will see a tab for artwork.
    Delete artwork and upload your choice of 500 x 500 art.
    Repeat process in options>>>>media kind back to audiobook.

    All done
  17. BoxTopBadMan, Dec 15, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014

    BoxTopBadMan macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2014
    I can't get this to work

    Perhaps iTunes has changed since the last time post on this topic because I can't seem to get this solution to work. When I try to import the file with the changed name, nothing happens. iTunes seems to recognize it as the same file as the original and just jumps to that.

    I tried the solution of simply changing the media kind to music but the iTunes still won't let me replace the artwork.

    I've also tried selecting multiple audiobooks and changing artwork for both but iTunes says "Your selection contains more than one kind of media" (even though they are both listed as audiobook under 'media kind') and doesn't let me edit them together.

    My next solution would be to delete the file altogether from iTunes before importing the one with the changed name but I'm wary of losing it altogether because of the DRM... :confused:

    iTunes ver. 12.0.1
  18. BoxTopBadMan macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2014
    Another Solution!

    Ok, I finally got something to work. I just downloaded a free audiobook from audible, whereupon I was able to edit artwork for both files. Note that if you do this it has to be an audiobook you don't intend to keep or else you will of course be stuck with the artwork for that file as well.

    It's utterly baffling why all of this is necessary. I don't know why Audible doesn't just have artwork at an acceptable resolution in the first place, or why Apple can't just let us change it. A pox on both their houses.
  19. soundsgoodtome macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Los Angeles

    Sadly it seems each of these workarounds is now broken. (I'm in iTunes

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