Adding Album Cover Art to iTunes

Now that both the iPod nano and regular iPods have color screens to display album cover artwork, I decided to learn how to add cover art to my iTunes collection. Songs purchased at the iTunes Music Store already come with art, but not those ripped from CD or purchased at eMusic (or elsewhere.)

I had fooled around with doing this once or twice before, but didn’t find it intuitive. So to save you the trouble of figuring it for yourself, here’s a short tutorial.

1) Open iTunes and select an entire album (using the shift or control key to select multiple songs) and then right click to open the “Get Info” dialog box.

2) Open a browser window with the album cover art you want, and click and drag the image over to iTunes. Hover over the iTunes button in your task bar and the “Multiple Song Information” box will pop open.

3) Now simply release your mouse over the empty Artwork panel and click OK. Then respond “Yes” to “Are you sure you want to change the artwork for multiple items?” question.


  1. Lucy says

    Thank you so much for this info! Helped me a lot, beats having to download a load of files that supposedly ‘does it automatically for you’

  2. Mark D. says

    Poor li’l Ziggy. It must be a terrible existence being exponentially smarter than everybody else.
    Thanks for the info, Barbara. It used to be simpler in earlier iterations of iTunes, with the “Drag Album Art Here” box in the main window, but I couldn’t figure it out for v.9.
    Ziggy, I agree we’re being dumbed down, but you are a tool.

  3. ziggy says

    yes, thank you, this is not new information to me – i think anyone would be able to figure this out on their own, but im not disappointed as i know most people are complete idiots.
    i have a problem, and since the internet is flooded with these BASIC tutorials, i wondered if anyone writing them had any idea of how to troubleshoot a real problem.
    i go into the multiple item information box, i double click the artwork space, and select the .jpg, it displays it, and then when i press ‘ok’ nothing happens in the main library. this doesnt happen for all, or even most albums, just a very few.
    no offense to the mouth breathers that didnt know about adding their own album art, i know some people are simply too involved with makeovers and wondering why machines cant be “smarter”.
    “omg omg omg!!1! humanity is slowly becoming completely retarded, but i need my hilary duffZ cds crappy art!!”

  4. Alex says

    Thankyou so so much! It worked for me, because i had album artwork i didn’t want, and i could delete it and replace it with artwork that i did want!

  5. Mel says

    I tried it. It worked for two albums, but it’s not working for any of my other albums. Any suggestions?

  6. dink says

    instead of dragging you can double-click in the artwork area to pop-up file selector dialog

  7. casey says

    thank you soooo much!!!!! it was really irritating not having art for some cds.

  8. dan says

    thx a million I just wish itunes was smart enough to be able to get the cover art itself even if you don’t purchase it through itunes even when all or most of the meda data is there…

  9. Susan says

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! this worked for many of the tasks I had previously done… one by one. I have many opera CDs and frequently the genre is wrong or the Itunes puts a different title on the 2nd disc. This and the artwork tip has saved me hours already!!!! thank you. Mille Grazie!!!!!!

  10. Morgan says

    I figured out a workaround to get album images thanks to Nick’s recommendation of
    Find the image you want and save it as a JPG onto your desktop. I then opened Word and inserted the image into a document so that i could copy the image then pasted it into the “Get Info” section as the original poster describe. On the little info tab that pops up, select album art and then right click to allow for the paste. Worked great!

  11. sasquatch says

    Maybe this is new, but you can drag + drop images from websites! No need to actually download the files, and it seems to work with ease. Where I had problems with local files, I just found the same image online and dragged the image from Firefox into the appropriate iTunes field. I’m running WinXP and iTunes, if you were having troubles.

  12. surfychik32 says

    yeah i’ve tried this many time with lots of different songs but THEY JUST DONT WORK! Like even with the album in the bottom left of the screen it says “Drag Album Artwork Here” i do that, itunes freezes for a second and then the album wont appear!
    PLZ HELP! oh yeah a good site with albums is

  13. says

    To mark, and anyone else who comes across this… Amazon is a good source for getting album covers, but sometimes artists put the image on the CD.

  14. Mark says

    I tried that, it kinda works. The only problem is that the artwork is pretty blurry. I guess the original image is too small. How do I find web sites with clearer images?