Where to get decent sized cover art?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Sgt.Pepper, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Sgt.Pepper macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2008
    So I'm starting to slowly tidy up my music collection, something which is years overdue, and is going to take a long time.
    It quickly became apparent that iTunes can't find the cover art for all of my CD's and it gets it wrong occasionally too.
    Does anyone know a website(s) where I can get cover art of a decent quality/size. I've been using google images so far, but often it doesn't come up with satisfactory images, or it takes me a while to find a good image, so an actual website, or a few websites would be a great help.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    http://www.getvideoartwork.com is quite good for movies, TV shows, and music, although the library is very probably limited to what is in iTunes.

    What's wrong with just going into iTunes and choosing "Get Artwork"? How does it get it wrong?
  3. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Google Image Search, but refine the search to 'large images only'. This usually works for high quality images.
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I've not changed ways since this post:
  5. Captain Nougat macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Orange County, CA
    Those are good and I would also like to add that I go here often: www.albumartexchange.com the site is very meticulous with how they scan album art and it's user generated so sometimes the quality varies depending on what equipment they use.
  6. Jinsou macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2007
    i use the amazon artwork widget.... download from apple.com, it's pretty awesome
  7. bigslob macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    I'm currently doing the same thing, and I've found for the most part that wikipedia is pretty good minus a few exceptions.
  8. The SpinDoctor macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008
    Best thing I use is a windows only program called mp3tag, i love it to pieces, did about 500+ albums over about 12 hours

  9. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

    SLC Flyfishing

    Nov 19, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I use this too! It works great!

  10. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
  11. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    This site is awesome. I always use this place first, if it's not there I try iTunes.
    iTunes has a habit of pulling Greatest Hits albums instead of the original album.
  12. iHarrison macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2009
    Madison, Wis.
    i typically just google the album name and then use google images to find a good sized graphic. Another good place to go is Amazon.com. Search for the album that you are looking for and then use their cover art image.

    hope it helps....
  13. adrian.oconnor macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nottingham, England
    I used Google image search to fill in the stuff that iTunes couldn't find. Apart from a dozen or so of the rarest albums, the search results usually had a really good 300 x 300 image in the first two rows. Lots of images came from Amazon, and those had a white border that needed trimming (Preview has a crop tool).

    I'm now missing just one cover (a trance single from the 90's by Kimball & Deckard, I'm tempted to give in and just scan it myself :)

    It took me ages to import everything and then find the artwork, but it makes me smile every time I see those little albums all neatly lined up with their artwork
  14. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    I'd go with that - discogs is pretty good for the truly anal retentive (not that version of the single cover, I want THAT one), and the more people who join and contribute, the better it'll get.

    I've been surprised how much is generally available, with the main exceptions being obscure singles and compilation albums (which tend to have a short release life and are frequently specific to a territory)

    Mostly I just end up scanning them, or photographing them (vinyl won't fit on an A4 scanner). Partly because it's often faster than trying to find a decent image online, but mostly because the personal wear and tear makes it all yours - this is that album that you had when you lived in that crappy (but really expensive) loft apartment and the roof leaked and it glued all your vinyl together and you spent ages separating them and half of them still tore anyway... ooh look, that's the limited edition cover I bought for $1m on Visa when I was a student and my girlfriend borrowed and spilt red wine all over at that party..
  15. ilovemacs84 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2009
    Is there any way to get artwork for something that's on your iPod but not your computer?
  16. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  17. wpc33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    After much experimentation, I have abandoned art-apps forever.
    The iTunes art function is moronic. "Yeah, let's save the user the trouble of waiting for the actual id3 tags to write, and just save the art to their Music folder. They'll never need to move their music and maintain art, no way."
    The third-party apps I've tried gave me no luck.
    Nothing's more effective than a Google image search(Don't search large only. You won't get jack.). I pick my fave pic and drag it into the info, and the album's folder.
    300x300 is enough to fill your screen in iTunes art viewer. 5-600 is about all you could need. Keep in mind that the artwork gets added to the size of each file. Stay away from master-quality covers, in your tags.

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