Best Way To Add iTunes Cover Art – TuneSleeve

TS_SelectImage_medium.jpgiTunes 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.

Key features:

  • 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.

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8 Responses to Best Way To Add iTunes Cover Art – TuneSleeve

  1. R April 13, 2007 at 8:52 pm #

    This is a great tip and I used it to add artwork to the majority of my collection. Unfortunately, it seems to have corrupted a significant percentage of my collection. A number of my MP3s now skip and warble at different points. I tried using different decoders to make sure it wasn’t just a decoder issue, but the issues happen in the same spot in the song no matter what decoder I use. Has anyone else encountered this issue?

  2. iTunes Music Blog December 6, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    Oh man that\’s great!!! You\’re so right, everyone to date has failed to even see that, kudos!!! I\’m going to link to your blog from my site, ok?

  3. Nicca April 2, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Is this a virus?

  4. rk3dov May 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Try iGCover – it searches album art on google. It’s freeware.

  5. smartkid July 23, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    i allredy now that du!!!!

  6. Car DVD Players September 24, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    iTunes didn’t and then recent versions of iTunes only add artwork to its own database not the raw mp3 file.

  7. security shield 2011 virus December 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Thanks for your sharing!

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