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Windows: iArt 2.0 released

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Friday, July 16, 2004
News Categories: Windows Software

iArt is a freeware program that can be used to download album art for your iTunes library. It allows you to choose what playlist (or your library) to get album art for. You can then choose exactly what tracks you want music for, and then iArt will download covers for your music from Amazon! This program depends on your tags so having good tags usually gets better results. However, iArt will also work with music with missing tags, as long as the artist tag is there, it can attempt to find a match!

What’s new in this version

This version adds support for getting album art for your music through jpegs that are in the same directory as the music.

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP and iTunes 4.5

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Comments

1

Worked like a charm… a little slow though, i used it on my work machine (only 1.7GB) and it took about 5 minutes.  If i use it on my home computer (~37GB) it would take forever!  But well worth it, a solid program.

Posted by limey6413 on May 21, 2004 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

2

This is a great program and has gradually evolved to become a fully functional program. It saved me so much time and found art for the vast majority of my albums.

Well done

Posted by mikePod on May 21, 2004 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

3

simply fantastic!!!!

Posted by dede on May 21, 2004 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

4

ok so 35 gb on a 56k conection….how long do you think?

Posted by rivlinm on May 21, 2004 at 11:29 AM (PDT)

5

I think it took about 1-2 hours for 12Gb on a 56K connection for me. If you disconnect during the process you son’t have to get them all again though as the program updates each file as it goes.

Posted by mikePod on May 21, 2004 at 11:34 AM (PDT)

6

ok it says

“class does not support automation or does not support expected interface”


any suggestions

Posted by rivlinm on May 21, 2004 at 11:39 AM (PDT)

7

So am i just missing somthing. When i download iArt all i get is an .exe file (windows file). Is this only a windows program? and if so where’s the MAC program?

Posted by shehstar on May 21, 2004 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

8

mac version please…....  heh heh   =:-{))

Posted by Xtoast in midwest usa on May 21, 2004 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

9

This is excellent!  But I worry if it’s going to make my music collection take up another 100 MB.  Some of these images are pretty big.

As for a mac version: Hell no.  Keep it windows-only.  Great iTunes apps that are Windows only are few and far between.  Suck it, mac users!

Posted by Jeremy on May 21, 2004 at 12:41 PM (PDT)

10

This just amplifies what’s broken with how iTunes implementats album art. Why embed the album art in tags and piggyback them along with the files? Especially because the current iPod can’t even display that album art.

iTunes should take a leave from VideoLAN or Media Center and use a metadata file/NFO associated with the album or song. That metadata file references the album art using simple XMl lookup.

Then when you are synchonrizing to a portable device or streaming across the network, you can choose whether or not to also include the associated album art, and exactly which kind, class, or category of associated file to transport.

And iTunes needs some good visualisations to work with the album art. Take a leaf from Media Center and render the album the art into some 3D landscapes, then do camera flybys over the album material rendered within the album art landscapes. It’s excellent for parties!

Posted by Bulking Up on May 21, 2004 at 12:46 PM (PDT)

11

hey jermey whats up with your hostility to those who enjoy macs…were you a mac user gone bad?

Posted by rivlinm on May 21, 2004 at 2:58 PM (PDT)

12

Hey guys, there is a 100+ post thread in the forums where most of these problems & questions are answered.

It is located here

Posted by mikePod on May 21, 2004 at 3:06 PM (PDT)

13

this is a really good program. a REALLY good program. thanks a lot.

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on May 21, 2004 at 3:27 PM (PDT)

14

mine never finds any artwork… none whatsoever

Posted by Uranus on May 21, 2004 at 3:38 PM (PDT)

15

i thought it would find art by album, not by song. i have a few soundtracks/compliations and the art for them is the artist’s album, not the st/compl album.
there should be an option [if possible] to search by album only, not by artist/song

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on May 21, 2004 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

16

ughh jeremy i hope you dont have an ipod. if so its from apple. anyways yes its a great program took about 30 mins on 56k it even found this korean album!

Posted by projecthenry on May 22, 2004 at 10:45 AM (PDT)

17

I just downloaded the program and I was reading the read me included with it.

“All album art is stored IN the mp3 file. So it will make the mp3 file a bit larger.”

Does this mean it wont be supported with my AAC files? cause i converted all my mp3’s to AAC cause its smaller.

Posted by J Doc on May 27, 2004 at 7:34 PM (PDT)

18

ok its not working for me for some reason.  It doensnt find anything, not even DMB or Tim McGraw

Posted by ganjan on May 31, 2004 at 8:39 PM (PDT)

19

well witht he previous ver it never found any songs of 8000 with artwork but now its finds art for nearly 90% 

when you have greatest hits cd’s witha slightly mistitled album name it usually resorts tot he original album for that song but its still really really nice….  only 25gb more to find music for!!!!


god love dial up

Posted by rivlinm in saint louis on June 10, 2004 at 9:21 AM (PDT)

20

anyone that the program doesn’t work for, can you contact me?

email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

I would like to fix this problem as it works for me and some other people but not for some others…

Posted by Prashant on June 11, 2004 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

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