iTunes 11: Add Album Art to Multiple Tracks

I’ve gotten a number of emails and tweets about the fact that iTunes 11 no longer displays album art at the bottom-left of the program’s window, and that there’s no way to easily add album art to multiple tracks. Well, this is incorrect; there has always been another way.

Select the tracks you want to add album art to: multiple tracks or an entire album. Press Command-I (or Control-I on Windows), and you’ll see the Multiple Item Information window. Drag your artwork to the Artwork well, or if you’ve copied it, click in that well and paste it. Click OK, and the artwork is applied to all the tracks.

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16 replies
  1. Detlev says:

    Hi Kirk,

    that’s true, you may add artwork in the information window.
    However, if I paste a 500×500-pixel-cover into the well, the artwork is embedded with a very poor resolution only. I guess around 100×100 or less.

    Have you experienced that as well?

    Detlev

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  2. Tim says:

    Hi Kirk,
    Thanks for many great comments. I have a large library (120,000+ songs – mostly classical and jazzI and often attach several pieces of artwork – the back of the CD image along with the front. How does this work with two or more pieces? in the past putting artwork in the pane of the information window erased existing artwork. Additional images could be dropped on the image frame in the regular view and would just get “added” to whatever artwork was attached to the file already and not erase the existing pieces. What happens in the v11 with this? Mostly what I do now if there are more than 2-3 images is make a pdf booklet, switch it from books to music in Cmd-Info, and label it the same as the album.
    Am guessing this is a bit complicated for your typical reader, but know I appreciate the “finer” details.
    Thanks,
    Tim

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    • kirk says:

      You can add multiple items, but you can’t view them, as the artwork pane, that was at the bottom-left of the iTunes window, has been removed.

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  3. James says:

    The problem isn’t that the removal of that album art pane in the bottom left-hand corner has affected the ability to add artwork to multiple tracks at a time, that has always been simple to do from the Get Info window.

    The problem is that that album art pane could be used to add *multiple pieces of artwork* to one or more tracks at a time. There doesn’t seem to be any way to do this now since the album art well in the Get Info window only seems to accept one piece of art at a time but overwrites whatever was previously stored rather than just add it. And adding multiple pieces of artwork to a single track at a time from the Artwork pane (in Get Info) can get extremely tiresome if there are a large number of tracks.

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    • Paco says:

      Yes. This Exactly. I usually add all materials (liner notes, covers, pictures of the physical media) not just the front cover. I think most people know about adding one picture to multiple files via get info but there doesn’t seem to be a way to add multiple artwork to multiple files like we could before iTunes 11. Personally I don’t care that much about the missing bottom left corner artwork box, but I do care enormously about not being able to add multiple artwork with ease. Everytime I add an album i have to do it track by track!? Insane.

      If someone finds a fix to this please please spread it far and wide on the net.

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      • Tim says:

        The solution for me has been to now let the track only have one piece of artwork (the cover usually). Using Acrobat (guessing Preview would work), I combine the multiple graphics into a single PDF (front, back, cover and liner notes if possible). Move the pdf into iTunes, select the option in the info pane tab that stores the pdf in music instead of books, and label the file to make the album. A problem is that my iCloud account doesn’t upload or store the pdfs from my main library…so the pdf is only available in my “master” library on my main Mac Pro.
        Now what to do with all those tracks that have multiple artwork in them from the past? The only way to even tell if it’s there is to get info. Maybe a script (ala Doug’s iTunes Scripts) to check if there is more than one piece of artwork, grab the artwork into a pdf and save it with the same info as the album?

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  4. Melonåde says:

    I hope I’ve understood the problem, but to add artwork to multiple songs you can just go to the ‘albums’ section of iTunes and drag and drop the image onto the album containing the songs you want to add artwork to

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    • kirk says:

      I can’t get that to work. You are in Albums view, and you drag a graphic onto an album? Nothing happens here.

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  5. Eric Mortensen says:

    Has anyone come up with a solution to adding multiple artwork to multiple tracks all at once? This is totally insane – adding multiple artwork track-by-track is very frustrating. And i want my lower-left pane back, not only to see a larger image than the thumbnail in the title bar, but also to click through my multiple artwork. Why does Apple seem to be going backwards in so many areas like this?

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