Cover Flow questions

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by GoinDownSlow, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. GoinDownSlow macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2007
    Hi everyone,

    I've never owned an iPod before, but I'm intrigued by the iPod touch. I have some questions about Cover Flow that I hope you can/will answer:

    1) If you have mp3s stored on your hard drive already and you want to get album art, is it free? Apple's Web site says that you download the album art through the iTunes store, but I can't discern as to whether they'd charge you for it.

    2) If you have mp3s from (legal) bootleg albums - for example, a Phish show that will be labeled with the date under "album," is there any way to set custom graphics (i.e., import a .jpg ) to make your own album art if the iTunes store doesn't have it?

    3) Can you give me an estimate as to how much space album art takes up? If I were to get the 16 gig iPod, how much space would be consumed by album art (assuming a reasonable distribution of music and movies on the device).

    Thanks in advance. "The Beat Goes On" was the first Apple event I followed in earnest, and reading these forums was a lot of fun.
  2. RCGMac macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2007
    The only question I can answer is that the album art is free from the store, even if you didn't buy the album/song from the iTunes store.
  3. GoinDownSlow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2007
    Fantastic! Thanks.
  4. Rogzilla macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2007
    Yes it is free. However, it will only be for Albums that are available on the iTunes store. Or, at least, it doesn't always find them. Do not fret though! You can just use Google Images to find them! Then just drag and drop into the Album Art box in your iTunes!

    Yes, see above.

    I believe that include that in the size estimation of songs (ie-when they say 4 gigs hold 1,000 songs, that includes album art). Its all part of the meta data I think. I could be wrong though so don't trust me here. It really wont have an impact though, at least not one I think you would notice.
  5. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    as far as the album art space goes, all I can tell you is that I have 6,173 albums for which I have cover art, and my album art folder is 1.21 GB.

    you can set a custom image by "showing song info" and going to the artwork tab.

    yes, artwork is free
  6. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The size of a small album art image is almost insignificant compared to the size of a typical mp3 or AAC file. Off the top of my head, let's just say 30 kb (which is actually overkill) compared to 3000 kb for the music itself.

    That would be 1%, and I believe on average will actually be much lower than that.
  7. shoelessone macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    Album art really isn't that big. I forget the size, but I remember checking my album art with 30 or 40 covers and it wasn't that much over a meg if I recall correctly.
  8. GoinDownSlow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2007
    That's great. Thanks, all, for the quick and helpful replies.

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