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How to get album artwork in iTunes

Ideal if you use Cover Flow view

Apple's iTunes is great software for organising your digital music collection. It allows you to organise files by track name, album, artist, genre or star rating that you provide, as well as letting you create playlists of tracks. These tracks can then even be transferred to any of your devices that run iOS, such as an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod or shared with other computers located on your home network.

As well as displaying the information about the album, for example track and artist name and even genre, iTunes will also allow you to see the album artwork. This is especially useful if you use the Cover Flow view, which displays all the album art in your music collection and allows you to select tracks by scrolling backward or forwards through the images. Furthermore, if you transfer music stored in your iTunes library to an iPod or iPhone, you'll be able to see the artwork when the track is being played on this device.

For any tracks you have downloaded from the iTune store, the album artwork will be automatically displayed. However, it is possible to obtain the artwork for CDs you have imported into the software too. It's worth noting you'll need an iTunes store account to access this feature.

Step one
From the Start menu, select iTunes to launch the software.

Step two
From the Advanced menu, select Get album artwork. You'll be asked to confirm you want to proceed with the action and then Apple will trawl the iTunes store and get the images need.

Step three
You'll be alerted once the album artwork has been completed and you'll also be able to see if any of the art work could not be found.

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