iTunes is a great application, but the way it handles certain processes will create problems in other areas. Take for instance the way it adds artwork. Until recently, iTunes didn’t and then recent versions of iTunes only add artwork to its own database not the raw mp3 file so that other players and applications can see your tracks in all their glory.
I’ve just discovered what for me is the best free (as always!) application to add album artwork to iTunes. TuneSleeve not only has a very intuitive interface allowing the best artwork to be selected, but it also adds the art to raw ID3 tag in the mp3 file so that all players can see the artwork.
- Being able to work with albums, not individual songs. We’re talking about album artwork after all, aren’t we?
- Being able to choose what artwork I want among all possible results found on the internet, because the CD cover for an original edition is not always the same as the 20th anniversary special edition.
- In addition to automatic searching, being able to launch an external search in my browser and manually choose the artwork I want by dragging it from my browser to TuneSleeve.
- Being able to download artwork for my entire library or a specific playlist.
- Being able to exclude songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store, since they already come with good quality artwork.
- Being able to exclude songs that already have album artwork, as I might already have spent some precious time manually finding and dragging album cover images for these songs.
- Being able to replace existing artwork with the downloaded artwork or to add the downloaded artwork to the existing one, because the software might find a better quality album art than the one that is already there.
What more could you ask for? One word of warning, before you get started. To get the most out of this application you need to ensure that your mp3 files are tagged correctly. The best guide to doing this can be found here.
If you want to dive straight into getting artwork, then download TuneSleeve here.