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Old 11-03-2009, 03:19 AM   #1
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An open source program able to successfully load album cover art onto an iPod

I have been searching for some time for an application able to automatically download and store album art on an iPod Classic, but without much success. It seems that most applications either require the audio files to be in a computer directory (instead of only on the iPod) in order to automatically download the album art, or that the user find the album art his or herself and copy it manually to the iPod.

The problem for me lies in the fact that I prefer not to simply sync my music to my iPod. Instead, I just copy over what select music I want whenever I need to. Some of the music on the iPod is *only* on the iPod. I don't have a copy elsewhere. Is there an application I can use that can access the iPod, read the music that I have copied to it, automatically find the album art, and then download and copy that album art to the iPod? I would really prefer not having to copy to my computer all the music that is on the iPod just in order to get the album art, and then have to copy it all back to the iPod.

If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it greatly.
Old 11-03-2009, 04:47 AM   #2
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Apple ipod

if it is an ipod classic or any other ipod you must have a collection of all your music some where.. in some itunes liberary... as your ipod syncs to the itunes library to get the mp3 files.

If you ever get the software that you desire that will change all the mp3 files with the proper music album art then , as soon as the s/w has done its work you will not be able to play any music on the ipod. why? because ipod has a hash check for its files when you embed any image to the mp3 tags those hash values change the ipod shout out alarm that the ipod files are corrupted and you are asked to sysnc you ipod again..

your only options to get the images in the ipod properly are
1. manually using mp3tags (painfull ). This adding will be done to the files which are there in the itunes library. your original mp3 collection.

2.There a paid version of this somwhere on the net which automatically goes online to download the files. Its good but you have to pay for it. But for this all your mp3 tags must be in proper order. ie your album info and the artist info. other wise you might get some random artists album art for your apps
Old 11-15-2009, 08:24 PM   #3
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Sorry for my really late reply...right after I started this thread, I got quite sick. But anyways, that's besides the point. :P

So to answer your first point, I actually don't have an iTunes library anywhere. At least, not in the sense that my music is in the folder that iTunes can use to create its library. The reason for this is that I use the stand-alone application Floola (copied to a folder labeled "floola" in my root iPod directory) to copy music to the iPod. I suppose there might be some kind of database that Floola creates in order to keep a listing of what music and files are on the iPod, but I don't know for sure.

I see what you mean about the iPod's hash check and how that can cause issues for third-party album art applications. That's unfortunate...

I can add album art manually with Floola as well, and it works ok for the most part. But once or twice my computer crashed while the iPod was connected via its usb cable, and I think Floola was open as well. That caused my album art to disappear, and I haven't really felt like adding album art manually to 400+ albums. :P Floola also offers the option to "Save artwork in files", as well as an option to "Rebuild artwork db". From what I can tell, this system would be used after I manually added the artwork to each album, and then saved the artwork in the files, whereupon I could rebuild the artwork database in the instance that something happens and I lose my artwork. How would this work in the case of the hash-checks?

Again, any help at all is appreciated.



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