That’s about it. It looks good. It’s salves the OCD gene to have artwork that matches the song or album, but it doesn’t do much for the listening experience, probably because we’re not paying attention to the album art while listening. Still, if album art you must have, here’s a free way.
Manual vs. Automatic Art
iTunes on the Mac has a one-click method to download album art and have it attached to your music collection.
In iTunes, select File, select Library, select Get Album Artwork from the bottom of the pop down menu in Menubar. That’s it. iTunes will tell Apple to download matching album artwork.
Here’s the problem. Apple is always updating the library of songs on iTunes, so new artwork shows up.
What about songs you ripped from a CD, bought from Amazon, but did not arrive on your Mac with iTunes Music Store?
Covered has you covered. Kinda sorta mostly.
Covered is a free Mac app which also searches the iTunes Music Store for album cover art, but does a few more things to make it worth the price tag (hint; it’s free). Covered will search for albums, yes, but also cover art for movies and TV shows.
Covered’s app window lets you choose which iTunes Music Store to search. Select a tab for Music, Movies, or TV Shows. Select the cover art as it appears and click to download to your Mac.
Then, save the art as a specific file with a name and tags.
What you get is what you won’t easily find with iTunes Music Store. The album art you can download is up to 2400 x 2400 pixels– album artwork, movie artwork, and even TV show artwork. You choose the size.
For now, Covered only downloads artwork from iTunes Stores in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. It’s an easy and free way to supplement the artwork already on your Mac, but give you higher resolution images.