displaying fullscreen artwork for current playing track - different methods

Discussion in 'iPod' started by nick_harambee, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. nick_harambee macrumors regular

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    hello

    i am trying to find the best method of displaying the artwork in my music folders whilst the music plays in itunes. i would like the artwork to be displayed fullscreen. preferably i would also like to have the option of also displaying tag info (artist, album, etc), and also the option of displaying multiple artwork for each track, i.e. as a slideshow, whilst the track is playing.

    i have yet to find a method of doing this without embedding artwork. i will consider embedding artwork, which would mean that i could use visualisers such as coverversion, even over my local network, but then i would need a way of batch embedding the artwork for 2,000 albums, as i don't want to have to do this manually.

    i have found one program that will batch embed artwork called media rage, but there is something a little strange with this program in that when you remove the embedded artwork the file size doesn't reduce, but stays the same. this is no good for me as i may want to remove the artwork at a later stage and would like the file size to revert to normal.

    so, if anyone knows of another program that will do this more effectively then i would be grateful if you could let me know. i don't mind putting artwork in another folder locally if this helps the embedding process, i.e. in a dedicated folder for artwork, with the artwork named in such a way that the correct artwork will be embedded in each file.

    i still would rather not embed the artwork, and the only program that i am aware of that will look for artwork in the
    local music folders is itunescheck which displays artwork for the current playing track without it being embedded (i.e. it looks for the first artwork in the album folder). the trouble with this is that you can't get the artwork fullscreen. so if anyone knows of other software that uses a similar method of displaying artwork with a fullscreen option i would be grateful to hear about this,

    thanks

    nick
     
  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Nick, I'm confused :confused:

    What's wrong with letting iTunes handle the artwork (it embeds artwork automatically), then using Coverflow full screen?

    I'm missing something aren't I? ;)
     
  3. nick_harambee thread starter macrumors regular

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    can you tell me how it embeds local artwork automatically. i don't want to use the artwork from the itunes store, but rather the artwork i have scanned

    nick
     
  4. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Nick,

    Select your track/s in iTunes. Command-i to Get Info. Double click the artwork or switch to the artwork tab. Select the artwork and press delete. You're now able to paste or select your own artwork, though I'm not sure why you'd want to ;)

    or you can find detailed instructions in iTunes' help :p
     
  5. nick_harambee thread starter macrumors regular

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    i want to use my own artwork because it is high quality scanned images and i display the artwork on a large screen. i also don't want to have to manually embed artwork for each of my 2000 or so albums. finally, i have multiple artwork for most of my albums and would like to be able to display these.

    i have switched from pc to mac, from media center to itunes, and i am finding itunes to be positively archaic in comparison, which is a shame given the loveliness of macs generally. how difficult would it be for itunes to be able to detect the artwork in the album folder, for example??

    nick
     
  6. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    That's just not the way iTunes works mate. I display album artwork full screen on a 30" Apple Cinema Display and it looks great. With respect, I think you're creating a problem that's not there. Sorry I can't help more :)
     
  7. nick_harambee thread starter macrumors regular

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    the quality of the artwork in the itunes store is pretty good i admit, but when all of your music is from ripped CDs and a lot of it is quite obscure and hence not in the itunes store, then it is a problem. and i would like to change the way itunes works, in lots of ways!

    thanks for your help

    nick
     

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