When did iTunes stop supporting transparent covers? Workaround?

Makosuke

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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...
 

siliconjones

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Feb 19, 2004
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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.
 

ayzee

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Jun 12, 2008
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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?
 

ZDarius

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Mar 5, 2010
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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!!!!!!!!
 

racer27x

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May 1, 2011
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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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