Suddenly I can't add artwork to albums

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ClemTiger0408, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. ClemTiger0408 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    I've been doing this for years, so please no step-by-step instructions on how to normally add artwork.

    Within in the last 2 or 3 weeks, I suddenly cannot add artwork to entire albums. When I select all then "Get Info" for the entire album, I can edit anything. I can edit the album, artist, song name, etc fields no problem and they all update.

    However, when I drop album artwork into the square I've always done it, it won't add. Nothing happens. I drop it and the box stays empty.

    Strangely, if I have the artwork viewer open, I can add artwork to individual songs by dragging and dropping into that pane. But I have to do it to every song individually and that's very annoying.

    Anyone know why this might be happening? It isn't just one set of files, its ALL my files. But songs previously with artwork retained it with no problem.
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I would do simple permissions check, and then if that works, you can always use a program like CoverScout. I've used it and it works great, but unfortunately it's not free.
  3. yancey47 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2008
    I noticed this just today. very annoying. one solution is to select all the songs on the album and drag the artwork to the cover area in the lower left corner.
  4. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    I've noticed this as well . . .

    but it seems to be a function of the individual song. This has happened to
    me for a while (2 or 3 versions of iTunes), and the only solutions I've come
    up with are:

    1. Remove the song from the Library (keep the file, though) and add it to
    the Library again (doesn't always allow the artwork to get added, though),

    2. In iTunes -> Advanced, there is a "Create MP3 Version" option. If your
    song has old(er) "Encoded with:" versions or ID3 tags, converting the song
    updates everything to the current iTunes levels. Then, you can add the
    artwork. If you still can't, then remove the song from the Library and add it
    again. For me, this always solves the problem.

    Hope this helps . . .
  5. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

    Santa Rosa

    Aug 22, 2007
    Same problem here, noticed it once I had updated to iTunes 9.0.2. Solution at the moment is to save the album art to somewhere on your mac, then in iTunes select all tracks to have the artwork added, in get info double click on the white artwork space then select your artwork file.

    I recently did a permissions repair and that didn't solve the problem. Hopefully the next update will fix the problem.
  6. meglet macrumors member


    Jun 19, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Same problem with artwork and 9.0.2 here, as well. I was in the middle of a major artwork cleanup in my library (over the course of a couple weeks) and updated to 9.0.2 in the middle of the project.

    Since all of my missing artwork is coming from the internet, it's EXTREMELY annoying that I can't drag straight from Firefox into iTunes now, and have to save the artwork to my local drive, then add it to iTunes from there.
  7. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    Yaup same problem. Can't drag and drop anymore. Its since upgrading I imagine. It works fine if you download to your desktop but who the hell wants to go through that... SUPER ANNOYING!
  8. iMerlin macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    Same problem here, just noticed it last night and decided to search on the forums here and what do you know... Im not alone!

    Im not entirely sure this is an iTunes problem though. Maybe SL?? I used to be able to drag the album art right from Safari to my Photoshop icon on the dock and it would open PS for me so I can crop out the white background from the artwork, not any longer.

    So I wonder if its something with Snow Leopard?

    Edit: I just updated to 10.6.2 and I can now drag and drop to Photoshop CS3 but still cant drag and drop to iTunes.
  9. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
  10. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
  11. meglet macrumors member


    Jun 19, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    It's not a Snow Leopard issue, as I have the same problem on my desktop PC.

    Between this and the other issues with 9.0.2, I can't wait for 9.0.3. Then again, with my luck it will be worse!
  12. gbandy macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    Try this

    Drag the art to the desktop first and then drag it into the art area of itunes. Works every time for me. Not sure why this is happening now but it only adds one quick step.
  13. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    nice one, thanks
  14. Harvey Mears macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2009

    Same here on desktop with Windows XP and I have been doing this on my old vinyl record collection project for years. Interestingly in cover view the now playing pop-up windows says in grey text "Artwork not Modifiable" and I have not knowingly changed any preferences.

    The drag to desktop option did not work for me. The add artwork tab has disappeared from the get info options as well.

    What has happened with this version??
  15. Harvey Mears macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2009

    The upgrade changed the import format in iTunes to WAV. I have now changed it to MP3 and all seems well again
  16. veloceraptor macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    This happened to me many times on Windows.

    Drop the picture in the square, the square will be empty. Just click OK. Artwork will be added anyway. It may not show up at first but if you go to Coverflow, you will see it. Then if you go to the Albums/Artists view, it will be there.
  17. PeteB macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    Excellent. I've been unable to update the artwork for an album that I didn't rip/buy through iTunes (I used to own a Zune).

    This widget did the trick for me where iTunes just would not allow me to update/drag the artwork.
  18. chandabong macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2009
    That widget doesn't work for me in 9.0.2 with 10.6.2

    reparing permissions doesn't help either

    I'm ripping only as wav, I can get artwork for everything available for sale on iTunes fine, have tried many different methods for adding artwork and nothing is working...
  19. jsgreen macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    try pasting artwork instead

    I noticed artwork didn't show when dragged to the square, however command-v to paste art into the square seems to work just fine.

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