How do I change the artwork of an MP3 file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by polkunus, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. polkunus macrumors member

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    For the life of me I cannot find out how to do this on google. Everyone is complaining about how they cannot change their artwork through Itunes on google. I just want to change the artwork of one Mp3 file and I don't use itunes (I find it one of the worst mp3 players around). Even if I add my samples and artwork into itunes, itunes copies and changes the artwork on the copied files... I don't want that, I want to change the original files' artwork.

    I thought this would be as simple as opening 'get info' and dragging artwork manually into the preferences. It doesn't seem so.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    much appreciated.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Whoever is complaining about that simply doesn't understand how to use iTunes. It's ridiculously simple to do that.
    What makes it bad, in your opinion? I find it to be excellent for managing my rather large music library.

    To change artwork in iTunes, simply select a file, Command-I or right-click and select "Get Info". Click on the Artwork tab and drag any picture to that tab. Done. To add artwork to an album in iTunes, select the whole album and Get Info, then drag the image to the Artwork box in the lower right corner. Done.
     
  3. neko girl macrumors 6502a

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  4. polkunus thread starter macrumors member

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    I can't change the ORIGINAL files which I can't move from the original destination. These are sample files.

    I dislike itunes because its more than a music player, its a general, bloated media player with extra stuff without any prouser options. I don't want something that organizes my music, I Want something that starts up and plays IMMEDIATELY. I also don't like it how adding music in Itunes copies everything to a separate folder. Sometimes I want to make a quicklist like aimp2 or play something in a jiffy W/ tech specifics like mediamonkey. I don't have an ipod, I never buy from the itunes store and I hate how its a 'window'. The 'hoverplay' option in OSX is great, but sometimes I need more that.

    Thanks for the other recommendation, I'm annoyed that this simple feature isn't built in. If there isn't any other option I might as well just buy that.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can change original files with iTunes, and you can move files anywhere you want them.
    Yes, it is more than just a music player, which makes it excellent for managing music collections, editing tags, adding artwork, burning CDs, sharing with other computers and devices, etc. I've never found it to be bloated or slow in performing.
    What are "prouser" options?
    You can choose whether or not iTunes organizes your music, by selecting the appropriate options in Preferences.
    iTunes does start up and plays immediately. The only lag I ever see is when it initially selects AirTunes speakers, and that delay is about 1-2 seconds. Once music starts playing, there's no lag at all.
    It only does that if you have that option selected. I don't use that feature, so iTunes never copies anything when I add files to the library.
    You can play music files in any app that handles them, even if they're in your iTunes library. You can also simply select a music file and press the space bar to play it.
    Neither do I.
    Neither do I.
    It's not a window, unless you click on it.
    Many of your complaints indicate that you simply don't know how iTunes works or how to configure it to your preferences. It's quite simple to use, but you do have to take the time to lean how it works. If you're not willing to do that, that's your choice, but it's not accurate to say that iTunes can't accommodate most of the things you've mentioned.
     
  6. polkunus thread starter macrumors member

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    Meet Vox, an awesome, light, classic MP3 player:

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    It supports all known audiophile/common formats.

    After double clicking an audioslave song from my external drive, it played (without the program running) in under .2 seconds. 1-3 seconds is DISGUSTING, and is considered "lag". It is HUGE for me. In fact if I was mixing and listening to some track samples I would kill myself. itunes Does NOT support Flac (yes I know there's a plug in, but I'd rather have native flac support with MY customizations) and please don't tell me to 'convert' all my flac/ogg files to that god-awful format; ACC. Transcoding Flac files would defeat the purpose of having 100% original flac files in the first dam place. I have over 200gigs of samples and over 350gigs of songs, so converting all of them would take... many many many days.

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    After playing one song, Vox recognizes the entire folder and adds all of it to its "playlist"

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    I don't use this that much but it comes in handy

    Lets not forget the most important thing in a program: Functionality, performance and customization.

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    Ah this extremely important for people who listen with headphones.

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    Extremely Valuable options for quick stuff

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    Comes with FULL growl support with complete customization, growl can change the pop up for any program specifically or if you don't like it, you can just turn it off. I downloaded a pleasing skin for this one.

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    Ah, extremely quick equalizer option (literally one button). I can even export audio files with the equalized sound (or even with effects) for a quick edit. Extremely useful.

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    In my face statistics.. good stuff and all in one tiny screen, which! can be customizable with skins etc.
     

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