Sunday, August 5, 2007

Lessons Learned: iTunes Album Artwork and Giant Posters

I've learned a few valuable lessons about life, love, an iTunes album artwork in the last few weeks. Let's share.

Lesson One

iTunes 7 introduced a handy new feature for automatically downloading album artwork. Now, I don't have an iPhone or a newer iPod that can display album artwork in a sleek way. In fact, I really don't have any good reason to find the album artwork for all my music. However, everyone has a little bit of OCD locked up in their brain that needs feeding from time to time so maybe there is a reason I spent a couple hours one evening finding all the artwork for the 400+ tracks of the recent Mixtape Challenge.

Imagine my dismay when I discovered that none of the artwork was transferred when I put a mix on my iPod or shared a mix with a fellow mixtaper. Turns out that iTunes keeps all the artwork separate from the actual music file by default. A simple applescript can set things straight. Oh well.

Lesson Two

Right around the time I spent hours digging up album artwork for the Mixtape Challenge, linked to an article about creating giant posters from your iTunes album artwork. Sounded like a cool thing to try on the mixes, no? Unfortunately, the posted solution was Windows-only and assumed ownership of Photoshop. What's a lowly Mac owner such as myself to do? Write up my own Applescript to do the same thing. Grab the script source and give it a run, or check out my own poster:

Album Artwork Poster