How To Get iTunes Album Art Without Using iTunes

11/26/2011

A friend shared with me an interesting tip, which allows one to get iTunes album art without using iTunes, but instead from a web browser. Since I always want to add album art to my music when I rip CDs, and don’t always find it in iTunes (select the tracks, Control- or right-click and choose Get Album Artwork), this technique, which is brilliant yet simple, will save me a great deal of time.

Start by doing a Google search for the album whose art you’re seeking. Do the search like this: [artist] [album name] site:itunes.apple.com. This restricts the search to Apple’s iTunes web site, where you can see information about items on the iTunes Store via a web browser.

You’ll get results such as the following:

Click on the link that corresponds to your album. You’ll see a web page. In most cases, the page will attempt to redirect you to iTunes. There are two ways to prevent this. The first is to press the Escape key as soon as the page loads, but before the redirect occurs. The second is to use, if you have Safari, the NoMoreiTunes extension. This blocks the redirect, but, as you can see below, provides a button you can click if you do want to switch to iTunes.

Next, Control- or right-click on the album art you see. Choose Open Image in New Tab, or Open Image in New Window.

Click in the URL in the address bar; you’ll find a section at the end of the URL like this:

170×170-75.jpg

Change the 170s to 600, so the URL ends like this:

600×600-75.jpg

Press Return. A larger image will now load:

Control- or right-click on the image and either copy it, by choosing Copy Image, or download it, by choosing Save Image to Downloads. You can now add this 600 pixel image as album art.

Note: in some cases, 600 pixel images are not available, but 700 pixel images are. If you don’t find a 600 pixel image, try using 700 in the modified URL above.