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iPod: Artwork missing from songs

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Symptom

If none of your artwork appears on your iPod, make sure you are using iTunes 4.7 or later and make sure you have selected the Display album artwork on your iPod checkbox in the Music section of the iPod pane in iTunes Preferences.

If you manually add some songs to an iPod but then change iPod update preferences to automatic in iTunes, the artwork for the manually added songs will not show up on the iPod.

Solution

First, switch back to manual updating of the iPod:

  1. Connect the iPod to the computer.
  2. Click on the iPod in the Source list of iTunes.

  3. Click the iPod button in the lower right of the iTunes window.

  4. Click the Music button.
  5. Choose "Manually manage songs and playlists."
  6. Click OK.

Then delete the songs that you first added to the iPod manually:

  1. Click on the iPod in the Source list.
  2. Select the songs you added manually in the main part of the iTunes Window. You can select multiple items by holding down shift or option before clicking them.
  3. Press Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click OK in the window that appears.

Then Switch back to automatic updating of the iPod:

  1. Click on the iPod in the Source list of iTunes.
  2. Click the iPod button in the lower right of the iTunes window.
  3. Click the Music button.
  4. Choose either "Automatically update all songs and playlists" or "Automatically update selected playlists only."
  5. Click OK.

For information on adding artwork to songs in iTunes see iTunes Help or click here.

This document will be updated as more information becomes available.

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012

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