The Rising Popularity of iTunes Artwork

Why Album Art Matters

Album art is more than just a visual treat; it plays a crucial role in organizing and enhancing your music experience. According to a study by Nielsen, album artwork can increase the likelihood of a song being playede by 20% (Nielsen, 2017). This is because visual elements help in quicker identification and recall of music tracks.


Adding Artwork to iTunes

Purchased Music

When you purchase songs from the iTunes Music Store, they usually come with album cover art or an artist photo. You can view this artwork in the lower-left corner of the iTunes window by clicking the “Show or Hide Artwork” button. The artwork changes based on the song or album you select.

Ripped CDs

If you rip audio CDs to iTunes, you might notice that the album art is often missing. This is because CDs do not come with digital cover art. However, you can easily add this manually.

Scanning Album Covers

  1. Scan the Cover: Use a scanner to digitize the album cover.
  2. Save the Image: Save the scanned image in a format supported by iTunes, such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or Photoshop.

Downloading from the Web

  1. Find the Artwork: Use a web browser to search for the album cover.
  2. Download the Image: Right-click (PC) or Ctrl-click (Mac) on the image and save it to your hard drive. Most web images are in GIF or JPEG format, so no conversion is needed.

Adding Artwork to iTunes

Individual Songs

  1. Select the Song: Choose the song in your iTunes library.
  2. Drag and Drop: Drag the image file from your folder to the artwork viewing area in the bottom-left corner of the iTunes window.