How to use iCoverArt (version 2.3)
Make sure that iTunes is already running. You need to be using version 7.7.1 (or later) of iTunes.
Start iCoverArt by clicking on the Windows Start button, choosing All Programs, then choosing Maximized Software, then choosing iCoverArt.
Click the toolbar button labeled Step 1: Scan iTunes at the top of the iCoverArt window. iCoverArt will connect to iTunes and get a list of every song in iTunes. Each song will be placed onto one of two tabs:
- Eligible Songs -- these are songs which have at least one of the following sources of artwork available to be embedded:
- Artwork downloaded by iTunes.
- A file named Folder.JPG in the album's folder.
- Artwork downloaded by Windows Media Player.
- Ineligible Songs -- these are songs which cannot have artwork embedded in them because they are in an unsupported format or because some error has occurred.
Decide what action you want to take (delete artwork, embed artwork, etc), then review the list of eligible songs. Place a check mark next to those songs that you want the wizard to include, and clear the checkbox from those songs that you want the wizard to skip. (You can quickly scroll through the songs using commands on the Edit menu.)
You can click Step 2: Select Tracks for a quick summary of how to select eligible songs.
Click the small arrow on the right side of the Step 3: Run Wizard button and choose the wizard that you want to run. Follow the wizard's instructions. After configuring any necessary options, the final action will be to click the Go! button, and the wizard will then run on the files with check marks.
Note: iCoverArt will only embed process five songs each time it is run until you register your copy. Once you have registered iCoverArt it will process all available songs without restriction.
Downloading Artwork with iTunes
iTunes can download artwork. iCoverArt can help you to use this iTunes feature by creating an iTunes playlist consisting of all songs that do not already have artwork available. Choose Create Playlist of Artwork to Download from the Step 3: Run Wizard button. After artwork has been downloaded, you can then embed it into each individual song file if you want to.
Downloading Artwork with Windows Media Player
You can also use Windows Media Player to download artwork. If you already have Windows Media Player 9 (or later) installed, you should make sure that it is configured to monitor your iTunes Music folder. To do this, run Windows Media Player, open the Tools menu and choose Options, then go to the Library (version 10) or Media Library (version 9) tab, and click on the Monitor Folders button. Add your iTunes Music folder (or a parent folder) and let Windows Media Player run in the background for a while, then try iCoverArt again.
Adding Artwork via Drag and Drop
One of the sources of artwork that iCoverArt can embed is any file named Folder.JPG in a song's folder. You can create a new Folder.JPG or overwrite an existing Folder.JPG file in a song's folder by dragging and dropping new cover art from a browser window onto the iCoverArt window. You can find cover art at several common web sites, such as Amazon.com. iCoverArt can help you to find cover art. Simply select an eligible or ineligible song, then click on the Web tab at the bottom of the iCoverArt window. Then double-click on the web site that you'd like to use as your source of album cover art. iCoverArt will open a browser window at the desired web site. You can then manually search for the desired album. (iCoverArt by default will have copied the artist name and album name onto the clipboard, so you can paste them into the search field at the web site.) Once you have found the desired artwork (in JPG, PNG, or BMP format), simply drag and drop it onto the iCoverArt window. iCoverArt will confirm that you want to save the new artwork as Folder.JPG in the song's folder. Don't forget that the Folder.JPG file can be used by every song in the same folder. After you have updated a folder's Folder.JPG file, you can then run the Embed Artwork (Advanced) wizard if you want to embed it into a song file.
Note: Internet Explorer has the best drag and drop support. If you are using Mozilla or Safari and cannot drag and drop artwork onto the iCoverArt window, try using Internet Explorer instead.
How to uninstall iCoverArt
Use the Add or Remove Programs applet in Control Panel. Select Maximized Software iCoverArt and then click on the Remove button.
By default, every 14 days iCoverArt will display a window which lets you check to see if a new version of iCoverArt is available. You can also manually check for a new version at any time by opening the Web menu and choosing Check for Updates. To change (or disable) this feature, open the File menu and choose Options.
iTunes® is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. iCoverArtTM is a trademark of Maximized Software, Inc.