When did iTunes stop supporting transparent covers? Workaround?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Makosuke, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I noticed a while ago that if you used a PNG with an alpha channel as the cover in iTunes, the transparency was fully supported. This was pretty awesome, since you could do semi-transparent covers (in particular, I made a blank CD image where the center hub was partly transparent).

    But at some point recently (not sure when, I wasn't paying that much attention) iTunes stopped supporting this, and 7.5 doesn't, either. What the heck!

    When was this change made, and does anyone know of a workaround? Not like it's necessary, but it'd be nice to have back...
  2. siliconjones macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2004
    It happened at the 7 release.

    The artwork is stored in an .itc file. Its an image file with additional metadata. I think originally the image component of it was .png now for some reason it is JPG. Therefore no transparency.

    The annoying part is, if you ad a png with transparency it will keep transparency till you quit itunes, which I think is when the png stored in memory is replaced with the .itc which is stashed on your hard drive.

    Additionally and most annoying, the no-album-artwork image has transparency.

    I'm trying to find a workaround, I had lots of sweet album artwork built using transparency, now they've been overwritten without transparency.

    Undoubtedly, the new .itc is to facilitate some limitation of the store/phone.
  3. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    Ive been trying to solve this problem ever since i bought my iMac!
    Interestingly the only coverflow that stays transparent in my library are the ones on my movies bought from iTunes Store.

    Could there be a solution from this?
  4. ZDarius macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2010
    Any luck in making transaparent .png files work again

    Any luck in finding a way to get transparent .png files to work in iTunes again.
    I too have had to change a great deal of my artwork from iTunes from really
    nice transparent CD's to simple boxes and hate it!!!!!!!!
  5. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
  6. racer27x macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2011
    I noticed this problem this morning. I have an Intel Mac Mini, OS X 10.6.7, iTunes 10.2.1. I dragged one of the non-working "transparent" images to the desktop and then deleted and re-added it in the Get Info/Artwork window and it started working again. I quit iTunes and reopened it and the transparent image still worked. Strange:confused:

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