Dear Lifehacker, I'm a music artist that's planning on releasing some music. I was wondering if I could edit this picture and use it for a single/album cover? I found it online and don't know who made it. My album will likely be put out for free/non-profit use.
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Windows only: Create CoverSearch searches Amazon, Yahoo, and other sources for cover art to automagically fill the visual gaps in your collection.
Point Create CoverSearch to your music directory and it will return all sub-directories that have no cover art. For each folder, the app displays available cover art in a variety of sizes for you to select from. Create CoverSearch performs exactly as advertised, but will work best for those with consistently organized music collections. You need to give the application a regular expression to use for searching—the default is \$artist\$album\, meaning it expects all your music to be organized like \Black Sabbath\Paranoid\. You can select from two other preset expressions, or input your own variation such as \$artist - $album\, or any combination of the variables $artist, $album, and . So if your music collection is all over the map, Create CoverSearch might be a bit of a fussy pain, lacking any kind of fuzzy search to crawl your loosely-named tunes. But there is at least one work-around—use only the $artist tag and cherry-pick the album covers you want from the discography it returns. For those with uniform naming conventions, the application will speed up album art plugging considerably. Create CoverSearch is freeware, Windows only.
One watchful Lifehacker reader noticed a small arrow button in the newly-released iTunes 8. Click it in the left-most column of list view, and album art pops out, resize-able by widening or shrinking the column. Cool find, and it makes for a nice compromise between the helpful data in list view and pretty pictures of CoverFlow. Haven't downloaded iTunes 8 yet? Check out other features and screenshots in Adam's first look at iTunes 8. Thanks Runar!
Your digital music doesn't stay in one place, and it should look the same no matter where it's playing. But somehow, in all the transfers from system to system, onto and off of MP3 players, and to and from the net, the album art illustrations that should add visual cues and familiarity seem to always get lost. If you're looking to match up all your music with their album covers, read on for a quick guide to the best tools and sources for finding and locking down album art, no matter what computer you're using.
Web-based album art library and search engine AllCDCovers just may have the missing art you've been looking to fill in your digital music collection. Despite its name, AllCDCovers carries both album art, DVD covers, and game covers, front and back, with pretty high res versions available for free download. AllCDCovers didn't have the indie artist I tried, so the really obscure stuff might not be here; still, when the iTunes Store fails you it may be a good stop. Share your favourite online source of downloadable album art in the comments. AllCDCovers
Got a new MP3 player and decided it's time to gussy up your music library with high quality album art? Web site AlbumArt offers lightning fast search results for CD and DVD cover art for an impressively wide range of artists and albums. A lot of the art appears to come from Amazon, but good luck finding it as quickly by searching the source. We've actually mentioned AlbumArt once before, and though it's not as high quality as my previous now-defunct album art source, it's a wonderful go-to source for quickly filling out your music library with quality art.
With the launch of Apple's iPhone and the newer iPods, CoverFlow adds a whole new visual element to your music experience on the go. While iTunes alone can help you get the album cover art you're missing into your library, it's not as obvious how to get that eye candy on your iPod device. Here's how to fill in the missing album art in your iTunes library and add it to your CoverFlow-enabled iPod in just a few steps.
Since previously mentioned iTunes Album Art Grabber stopped working, programmer Josh Powell has been scrambling to develop a suitable alternative that aggregates the best album covers from three retail sources: Amazon, Walmart, and Buy.com. You won't get the 1425x1425 pixel quality that iTunes afforded us (and hopefully Apple will offer again), but regardless, if your cover art is looking rather bland, these three sources should keep you occupied.