Why do I want Album Cover?

Have you ever encountered this problem: you have a bunch of music files and you want to import them to iTunes library.

Ok, done! Now you have all your favorite songs in iTunes. And … “Wait a minute, this is really ugly!” If you think that way, you’re very very likely one of those that just can’t stand the white placeholders for your album cover. Having artworks can be really aesthetically appealing and seems to somehow make your songs nicer.

Before we jump to the point, I want you to know that this works for all albums that are available on iTunes, but not necesarilly any album. May the title was kinda a clickbait?Anyway, let’s get to it!

Yo! Tutorial Starts Here!

So here is an example of the format of the URL you could use to search for your desired artwork:

http://itunes.apple.com/search?term=V+Maroon+5&entity=album

and term=V+Maroon+5 is the part of the URL you want to change.

In the above example, I’m trying to look for Maroon 5’s album “V”, and I simply used + for the “space bar” that you would usually put for all your Google searches.

Personally, I recommend that you do term=<album name>+<artist name>.

Then, you should see something like this:

{ "resultCount":50,
  "results": [
{ "wrapperType":"collection", "collectionType":"Album", "artistId":1798556, "collectionId":993352739, "amgArtistId":529962, "artistName":"Maroon 5", "collectionName":"V (Deluxe)", "collectionCensoredName":"V (Deluxe)", "artistViewUrl":"https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/maroon-5/id1798556?uo=4", "collectionViewUrl":"https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/v-deluxe/id993352739?uo=4", "artworkUrl60":"https://is5.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Music7/v4/b3/fb/cc/b3fbcca9-85a0-c25d-cb20-feee4900bdb2/source/60x60bb.jpg", "artworkUrl100":"https://is5.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Music7/v4/b3/fb/cc/b3fbcca9-85a0-c25d-cb20-feee4900bdb2/source/100x100bb.jpg", "collectionPrice":14.99, "collectionExplicitness":"explicit", "contentAdvisoryRating":"Explicit", "trackCount":16, "copyright":"℗ 2015 Interscope Records", "country":"USA", "currency":"USD", "releaseDate":"2015-05-15T07:00:00Z", "primaryGenreName":"Pop"},

Just do a Command (Control for Windows) + F search in the browser to whittle down the results. Usually, like the example I’m giving you right now, the first result should be the one you are looking for if you are using the structure I’ve just suggested above.

So, now you might consider looking for the string artworkUrl100, which should be pretty easy to find. And you’ll see this link right after that string:

http://is5.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Music7/v4/b3/fb/cc/b3fbcca9-85a0-c25d-cb20-feee4900bdb2/source/100x100bb.jpg

You should copy that URL and change the ending from 100x100bb.jpg to 10000x10000bb.jpg. What this does is essentially getting a link for the .jpg with a much higher dimension.

Now you’ve got the final link you need here:

http://is5.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Music7/v4/b3/fb/cc/b3fbcca9-85a0-c25d-cb20-feee4900bdb2/source/10000x10000bb.jpg

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