iPod Album Art Resizing

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Roy Hobbs, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    I use iTunes Library (http://www.kavasoft.com/iTunesCatalog/) to pull album art into all of my mp3's. The problem is it pulls the art form amazon and sometimes its a small pic some times its a large pic.

    When I enable album art on my 5g ipod (as well as my 4g) everything moves slowly menus crawl and song skip, etc.....

    So does anyone know an easy way to resize all of my album art to the 150 x 150 native size of the album art?

  2. Betateam macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2005
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    For artwork only on Windows you could try iAlbumArt http://ialbumart.ipod-sync.com, which is nice for a first time, but personally, I usually just use Tag & Rename http://www.softpointer.com.

    EDIT: As pointed out Amazon quality varies from 200x200 to 600x600, so you can often find higher quality covers from iTMS via the instructions in this thread, but this is not automated in any way. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=153509

  4. anaxamander macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2005
    Well, I know this isn't easy, and its essentially the "local" getting there - not much faster than the long slog of doing it yourself, but....

    I've been working on an application - a front end to a few tagging utilities. I've recently added picture scaling support in, but not in the way you want. It's only for mp3's; only using id3lib; only writes id3v2.4 tags, and should probably only be used on duplicates. And currently, what you want done isn't what I had envisioned it doing, but if you are intrepid, you could adapt it as the source is included (sadly, decent documentation isn't).


    However, if you avoid the program altogether, and instead use the embedded command line programs directly using Terminal.app, it can be less of an ordeal. Drag the program onto your desktop and choose "Show package contents" and navigate to "Contents/Resources/Support/id3lib/id3Gateway" - that's the program that will do it. You can copy the id3lib folder onto your desktop, just keep the folder structure inside the "id3lib" folder as is. You can speed things up by skipping typing of the filenames and just use the finder to drag-n-drop icons onto the Terminal window. The path will show up (including a handly space after each drop).

    --1. extract pix to destop
    /path/to/id3Gateway /path/to/your.mp3 --extractPix ~/Desktop/outPix
    (1 or more pictures appear on your desktop "out-PicType0-num1.jpg" for example)
    --2. remove pix in your mp3
    id3Gateway /path/to/your.mp3 --removePix
    --3. set the environmental variables to handle your pictures:
    --the below environmental variable has to be in the same window you are doing the resizing with id3Gateway in, it's not a "global" variable; life is limited to the window session
    --here 150 is the maximum dimensions (it should maintain aspect; double check)
    --"MaxKBytes=60" limits jpeg filesize to 60kilobytes; it also maxes out at 30% quality setting
    export PIC_OPTIONS="MaxDimensions=150:DPI=72:MaxKBytes=60"
    export PIC_OPTIONS="MaxDimensions=150"
    --4. now set the pictures inside the mp3 file The is a pair of double quotes after each 0 (it's just for "Description" which is a feature of the tag & not supported in iTunes):

    id3Gateway /path/to/your.mp3 --APIC /path/to/picture1.jpg 0 "" --APIC /path/to/pic2.jpg 0 ""
    --or if you only have 1:
    id3Gateway /path/to/your.mp3 --APIC /path/to/picture1.jpg 0 ""
    and you should have reduced pictures. It's not what you wanted, but it's not agony either. Keep in mind: it's FREE.

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