Part of the allure of Apple’s iPhone and its iPod Touch is the ability to scan through mp3s via the cover flow, which shows album covers instead of the usual boring text. The large art that displays while an mp3 is playing is a sight to behold, and for music aficionados, might have been a reason to buy an iPhone in the first place.
However, as many iPhone users learned after loading their music onto their new mp3 players, only certain albums automatically display album art, those purchased from iTunes and other music sites. Other mp3s show a much-less-impressive music symbol. Here’s a guide to adding album artwork to mp3s that don’t already display it on the iPhone or iPod touch.
1. Do a Google image search for the album that you’re missing. If you’re not familiar with an image search, it’s very simple. Go to http://images.google.com/ and type in the name of the album. If you don’t immediately find an image of the album’s artwork, try putting the album name inside quotation marks or adding in the band name of the album.
2. Click on the image that looks the most like your album, making sure that the listed file type is JPEG. A new page will open up; the dialog box on the top of your browser window will offer to show the image alone (and not on the page that it came from). Click this option, which will bring you to the picture that you’d found.
3. Right click the image and select “Save As”. Save the image to a folder on your desktop, you could perhaps make a new one called “Album Artwork.” Go to this folder, open the file you just downloaded, right click it and it “Copy.”
4. Plug your iPhone or iPod Touch into your computer. In iTunes, select the “Music” button under your iPhone’s logo, then scroll to find the album that is missing its artwork. Select the mp3s of the album, right click, and hit “Get Info.”
5. Right click on the “Artwork” area, which is a square in the bottom right hand corner. Select “Paste.”
6. If the album artwork shows as black on the iPhone, there’s one more thing you need to do. It seems that there’s some type of resolution bug that occasionally causes a black square to display rather than album art. To fix it, open the picture that you’d downloaded in Microsoft Paint, hit “Save As”, and make sure to save it as a JPEG. Repeat steps 3-5 and your artwork should display on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Do you have any questions about adding album artwork to your iPhone? Problems not covered here? Post in our comments section below.