Resolved iTunes 11 - Some Artist Missing Album Art

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  1. Variant, Dec 1, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    Variant macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2005
    Really enjoying iTunes 11 so far, however, I do have one (minor) issue. On the new artist side bar, some bands are missing the album art, despite the fact that all albums in my library have album art. Anyone figured this out?

    All the albums in the photo were ripped from CDs with the exception of the one iTunes Store song. Seems to happen for both CD rips and downloads.


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  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
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  3. ThunderSkunk, Dec 1, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012

    ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    I don't either, but man is it getting old, every time there's an upgrade and losing parts of the itunes library. iTunes not being able to handle quicktime format movies is one insanely stupid thing, but it's cool, I can re-rip my entire DVD collection. ...again. I still have the "outdated technology" in my old MBP.

    But the inconsistencies with displaying artwork, from shared libraries to local ones, to sync'd iOS libraries, is damn annoying. especially the 14th time you have to manually put the artwork in for hundreds of albums from such obscure bands as the Doors and Brian Eno... from the biggest online music store in the world. WTF. A simple "is this your album/artwork?" with some suggestions based on title info would be useful when it can't find the art.

    ...not to mention itunes consistent refusal to simply show TV shows in order, by episode, without having to tell it to manually every time you select a show.

    ...& half the TV episodes "disappearing" off the iPad Mini (even tho they're still there) as soon as an itunes purchase loads...

    Holy man, better fix it Apple.
  4. Lvivske macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2011
    k, ignore 8corewhore, he had the right answer to the wrong question lol

    THIS IS WHAT YOU DO (since it happened to me for like 4 bands)

    right click, edit the artist's name to something else. "Metallica2" for example. voila, it now just regenerated the album art. (the cover is selected by the album with the highest rating)

    Then repeat and name it back to Metallica. Fixed.
  5. Variant thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2005
    That works; awesome, thanks!
  6. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    Right-clicking and choosing "Get Album Artwork" always works for me. I found about 10 albums missing artwork and got them all back that way. I only have music I bought from iTunes in my library though.
  7. Variant thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2005
    All the albums already have album art. I did try that for the heck of it, but nothing changed. The solution posted above works perfectly.
  8. mcstain macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2012
    A faster solution that worked for me was just playing the first song off the album. Doing this instantly regenerated the album artwork. No way to automate it, but faster than right clicking 'Get info' and changing artist name.
  9. PabloGS macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2007
    I had this issue with movies...

    So I just right clicked a movie, information, went to the album artwork, it appeared instantly, I hit okay, done :)

    Stupid bug tho...
  10. Spikeywan macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    I've not seen this on my new Mac (yet?), but it happened all the time on Windoze.

    I just opened the properties window, then selected the album art tab, and copied the picture into a folder called 'Album Art' with an appropriate name. If any go missing, I can just re-add them easily. Every time I add a new album, I copy the art into said folder, and yet again, Bob's your father's sister's husband.
  11. Richard412, Mar 22, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013

    Richard412 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I have used a script from Doug Adams' site:
    Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

    The script is Re-Embed Artwork.

    I tested it by just selecting one album - the artwork reappeared.
    I then selected all the tracks in one genre - it worked again.

    Thanks to Doug Adams for the script.

    Please check you have a backup of your Music/iTunes folder before trying this.
  12. Richard412 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I few tracks still showed no artwork.

    I used the trick posted by Lvivske to fix them.
    Lvivske - Thanks for your help.
  13. iGromit, Aug 10, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013

    iGromit macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2013

    Wanted to add my thanks to Lvivske here, as this method worked for me on my missing covers as well, after I migrated my collection from a windows computer to a new mac mini.

    However for me the cover artwork disappeared on almost the entire first half of my collection, despite the artwork being properly embedded in the audio files (for some bizarre reason I got almost no artwork for artists between A-F, but all my artwork for artists G-Z showed up fine). The method of renaming the artist and then renaming it back was taking too long, since it had to change each track individually. Perhaps because my collection is on a NAS, each change took several seconds - so it would take 30+ seconds to change the artist name for one album, and then another 30+ seconds to change it back. That wasn't something I wanted to do for 100+ albums.

    I tried mcstain's method of playing the first track - that did nothing for me. However, what DID work was doing "Get Info" on the first track of an album. The artwork I had embedded into the file was there. I just hit "OK" without making any changes, and boom, my artwork showed up for the album. So you don't actually have to change the artist name, or in fact make any changes to the metadata at all - in fact you can just hit "cancel" to get out of the Get Info view, and the album artwork still updates!

    So then I made a smart playlist of all the "Track 1"s in my library, and then did a get info (command-I / CTRL-I) on each and now all my artwork is back.

    NOTE: this only works on tracks that have the artwork embedded in the file - but I've spent many hours over the years meticulously adding metadata and artwork to all my music files, so I was very relieved to find a relatively easy way to restore that artwork.

    Lvivske, thanks again for putting me on the right track! Nothing I'd found worked very well before I found your post.
  14. Marcellus Mark macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2014
    Solution when only the first song has artwork

    I just discovered that one can "get info" for the song that has artwork, right click the artwork, select copy, return to iTunes, "get info" for the whole album, right click artwork, and paste. Go to the next album or artist and repeat.
  15. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    This didn't work for me. When I change it back / remove the 2, it removes the artwork from the Artist sidebar.

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