I searched for "iTunes Artwork" and I don't believe anyone here has had this issue.
I add artwork to iTunes (currently 7.4.1) a couple of ways:
- select album, command-i and drag/paste image into square
- select song, drag/paste image into drop artwork here square
- iTunes "Get Album Artwork" feature
- CoverScout 2.3.5 (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/coverscout/index.html
Probably every month or so, I then select all the songs in my library and Convert ID3 tags to version 2.4. This has worked really well - maybe 5 or 10 songs without artwork.
Something went incredibly wrong yesterday. Approx. 10% of my songs have lost their artwork and now will not accept it (using any of the above methods.) Plus, dropping them into a virgin iTunes (new user on computer,) I see that they don't have the ID3 info I applied and won't accept it. What's even stranger is that it's random - on the same Foo Fighters CD (bought from HMV and imported as 192kbps MP3,) 3 songs have artwork and the rest don't and won't accept it.
CoverScout analyzes the artwork on my iTunes and it's quite odd what it comes back with. Initially in CS, that Foo Fighters CD appears to have 3 songs with embedded artwork and the rest appear to be missing (which is correct.) Using CS to apply the artwork, the album appears to be fixed (all songs are marked green,) but looking at the individual songs, it shows that nothing has been fixed (CS is fooled/mislead.) The songs may appear to be green in the list (meaning CS is detecting embedded artwork), but CS's own preview of the attached artwork is empty.
It's like the MP3s will suddenly not accept artwork or ID3 tags.
I've done the following:
- I restarted my computer
- repaired permissions
- deleted the Album Artwork folder (from my iTunes folder)
- deleted my iTunes preferences.
- double checked my ownership permissions on the individual files (they are read/write)
The only solution so far has been to reconvert the affected songs into MP3s and apply artwork/ID3. I can't possibly do this - hunting around for 100s of random songs, losing my metadata - I need a life outside my computer.