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How To Add iTunes Artwork To MP3 ID3 Tags Using iTunes


With iTunes 7, Apple added better support for album artwork. Previously iTunes wouldn’t automatically add artwork if you imported your own tracks. Now with iTunes 7, the program will automatically search the iTunes Music Store (ITMS) for artwork, and if any is available it will add it to your files.

The problem is though, iTunes doesn’t add the artwork to the actual ID3 tag within the file that is read when other applications play your mp3s, so the artwork is only visible to iTunes.

I’ve discovered a very quick way of fixing this, which will add the iTunes artwork to your track’s ID3 tag. I prefer using iTunes to add the artwork rather than an external application, as (i) it’s quicker, and (ii) the iTunes artwork is much better quality.

To add album artwork using iTunes do the following:

  1. Find the album you want to add artwork to
  2. Select all the tracks in the album you want to add the iTunes artwork to the ID3 tag
  3. In the bottom left-hand corner click on ‘show/hide artwork’
  4. Right-click on the artwork image that is displayed and select ‘copy’
  5. Now right-click on the tracks you’ve highlighted and select ‘Get info’
  6. In the pop-up box that right-click in the artwork field and select ‘paste’

Once you’ve done this iTunes will now add it’s high quality images to the albums ID3 mp3 tags, which will mean that other mp3 players and apps will now be able to display the artwork.

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68 Responses to How To Add iTunes Artwork To MP3 ID3 Tags Using iTunes

  1. boguzz January 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Or you can use Mp3Tag to include album art intro mp3 file.
    http://www.withsteps.com/602/include-album-art-into-mp3-files.html

  2. Prtk Bnsl March 9, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    No. Its not working in OSX. PLease help me. Maybe I’m doing it in wrong way. Its only showing it in the itunes.

  3. ijf0 May 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Hey all, even easier, in iTunes 10 you can paste the artwork right back into the icon in the lower left corner (copy from and paste to the same location) … no need to open the Get Info dialog!!! superb.

  4. Jim Smith August 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    THIS DOES NOT EMBE ARTWORK IN MP3, SO THAT THERE IS AN THUMB ON THE ALBUM ART W/THE MP3 FILE. HOW IS THAT DONE?

  5. security shield 2011 virus December 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    you are a life saver

  6. Jesusisawesome35 February 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    doesn’t work with iTunes 10! MAC OSX

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