Newbie question about Coverflow and ripped CDs

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  1. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all.

    I am thisclose to buying a 32G Itouch tonight, but have one question that I just can't seem to find an answer to. (I did do some searches, to no avail, so I apologize if there IS a post here covering this)

    While I do plan on buying some music from ITunes, at least to start my intent is to primarily rip a boat-load of my owned CDs and loading them onto the ITouch. My question with this is how will these work with Coverflow? Will it even show generic covers for these CDs I transferred and the album title? Will it not even acknowledge them if they were not purchased via ITunes? Or perhaps (I hope!), if the cover is available at ITunes you can use/get the cover from there? (for free?).

    Thanks in advance for any answers and I am sure I'll be a regular here once I make the purchase :)

    Mike
     
  2. scr1968 macrumors regular

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    If it is in the iTunes library then iTunes will display the album of the CDs that you rip. If they are not in the library, you can easily add them yourself manually OR buy an inexpensive utility that will do it for you.

    SCR
     
  3. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    What utility?

     
  4. jimjoebob macrumors newbie

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    in addition to the post above, they (the CD's cover art) will only be recognized by iTunes IF the tags from the CD Database are the SAME as the tags in iTunes the database.
     
  5. cheeseadiddle macrumors regular

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    To do it manually, go to Google, search images for your album. Select a suitable image and drag it to your desktop. Select all album tracks in iTunes, right click the selection and pick Get Info. Drag your album artwork image into the Artwork box. Done.

    I've used the utilities, but since my entire collection has artwork, and I only need to find artwork for new additions, this is the way I do it. The other thing about this method is that if you are anal about it, you can choose the image you like the best. The utilities usually grab an image off Amazon.
     
  6. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    The iTunes application has a function in its Advanced menu called Get Album Artwork, which will attempt to fill in any "unlabeled" albums in the Library with images from Apple's (Amazon's? Gracenote's?) album art database. It's rather imprecise, to say the least, and it'll take a while to check each album over the Internet, but it's a start.

    Until then, you will see a simple translucent box with a white musical note in it to represent an album that has no artwork.

    Use some of the other tips here (Google for artwork, then Get Info and drag it in, etc.) to fill in the gaps left behind.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Amazon has become a great source of missing album art.
     
  8. DuckSoup thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone!

    I be a proud new owner of a (so far) unopened 32G ITouch :apple:. Even bought a wireless router so I can play with it in other rooms.

    Figures though. I get home and my latest gas/electric bill is in my mailbox, and it's over TRIPLE what my monthly bill normally is. :(

    However, the ITouch stays here and does not go back! I never take back new toys! :)

    Thanks again and I am sure I'll be here looking up info and asking questions when I can't find solutions.

    Mike
     
  9. jimkraz macrumors newbie

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    There is a program called iTunes Art Importer, it gets covers from amazon.com, oh and its free, google it. Jim
     
  10. mayonnaise28 macrumors newbie

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  11. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Do note that the iTunes album art finder requires a iTunes Store account. Also, I haven't had lots of luck with it lately. Tagging needs to be spot on with the iTunes store. Amazon is always a good place to look for art that iTunes does not locate.
     
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Not to mention that many users have cleaned up and enhanced album covers from the 70s and 80s.

    Living in a hotel is boring as hell. I spent about 5 hours last Sunday adding album art from Amazon and cleaning up my iTunes library.
     
  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    At least you get room service, which more than you get at home, I bet. :)
     
  14. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Yes and yes.

    At least the hotel's got a decent bar.
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    And if you don't have one of them at home, who's fault is that?
     
  16. chall5 macrumors regular

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    Google and Amazon art can often be too low res - even some art iTunes provides is quite poor, try cdcovers.cc for better quality art, unfortunately you have to do this manually, I don't know of an automated tool that can pull back art from cdcovers.cc
     

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