one more iTunes artwork question...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ghanwani, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

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    When I download artwork from iTunes, the sizes of the song files don't change.

    When I get the artwork from elsewhere and add it (a) I get a warning from iTunes that this cannot be undone, and (b) the sizes of the song files get changed. So, if I want to change the artwork on such files at some future date, does it mean I would pretty much need to re-rip the CD?

    Is it not possible to add external artwork without changing the song files?

    Thanks,
    Anoop
     
  2. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    Huh? :confused: I've never seen that warning. But anyway, you should be able to change the artwork as often as you'd like. It's true that iTunes's automatically downloaded artwork is not added to the files while manually added artwork is written as metadata to the song files themselves. But that doesn't mean that you're permanently stuck with artwork once it's been written to the file...Unless we're talking about some weird-ass format here, that I'm not aware of. :D

    It should be pretty easy to try and reproduce this yourself by the way :p
     
  3. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK...I will give it a try...wish I had save the original file. In that case deleting the artwork should have returned me back to the original file size. So I'll have to re-rip the CD and test.
     
  4. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I discovered 2 things.

    (a) It is not possible to delete the artwork at an album level (even though when adding it I can add it to all items under an album). This means one has to go in to each individual song and perform the delete.

    (b) The file size after deleting the artwork from the song is larger than before the artwork was added. Here is the file in question:

    Before adding:
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 anoop staff 26635166 Feb 14 15:32 01 Summer Night City.m4a

    After manually adding non-iTunes artwork to all songs in the album:
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 anoop staff 26779879 Feb 14 15:41 01 Summer Night City.m4a

    After going into the song and deleting the artwork for just that song:
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 anoop staff 26637691 Feb 14 18:32 01 Summer Night City.m4a

    After going back in and adding the same piece of artwork to the song:
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 anoop staff 26779879 Feb 14 18:42 01 Summer Night City.m4a

    The last one was a relief. :)
     
  5. keaide macrumors regular

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    Maybe you could consider some external program to add/delete/modify artwork?

    I love mp3tag (Windows program) and run it via WINE (created an icon in the application folder) and it works just fine. I'm sure there are also some native OSX apps for that.

    After changing the artwork, simply uncheck the album songs in iTunes and then recheck them again. Did work for me.
     
  6. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is this similar to the widgets referred to in this thread?
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1096183
    e.g. http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/music/albumartwidget.html
     
  7. tkermit, Feb 15, 2011
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    tkermit macrumors 68030

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    That seems to work for me without problems. The change is reflected in the file sizes as well.

    Is that a problem though? I'm honestly interested in why you're concerned about this at all? :)
     
  8. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I must be missing something then...when I right click on the Album and do a "get info", I don't even see the artwork, let alone an option to remove it. I pretty much have to go to the song to view/remove artwork.

    Don't like the fact that I can never get back to the original file size. It is a REAL problem? Probably not...but I kind of like knowing how to "reset" things and in this case it's not possible.
     
  9. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    Simply check the box. :)
    [​IMG]

    Fair enough. :p
     
  10. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That worked...thanks!
     

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