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How to get iTunes album art, lyrics

13 September 2010 5,949 views 2 Comments

iTunes 10 has arrived and brings some new stuff to the table, notably improved performance, Ping social and a few user interface tweaks. Still, after 10 versions and nearly a decade, there are some basic needs — cover art and lyrics — that haven’t been met. Here are some handy tools for getting those things — really, sing the right words.

Yes, iTunes offers album artwork functionality (Advanced > Get Album Artwork). However, as has always been the case, iTunes can’t find artwork for all of the stuff I have — of the 4,000 or so albums in my library, it couldn’t find art for about 10 percent. Further, iTunes misidentifies a fair number, as well (perhaps another 5 percent), and downloads the wrong art.

Enter AlbumCoverFinder ($9.95). This handy-dandy app brings all of the customization and tweakability that iTunes’ Get Album Art by design lacks, putting you in control — whether you want to “fill entire library” or track down that one cover for that obscure title.

See also: CoverSultra, album art plus a whole new way to control iTunes.

For lyrics, I’ve been using TunesText, a free Dashboard Widget, for years. It searches three top lyrics databases — MetroLyrics, Sing365, Utamap — and saves them to iTunes, where they’re accessible to you on your iPod, iPhone or iPad.

And, for the inevitable moment when you find a lyric that’s just wrong, you can use TunesText to edit.

See also: Get Lyrical

Now, with your Goldman-like need for iTunes artwork and lyrics precision satiated, give your inner Narcissus a little sway with Twune, which tweets what you’re listening to right now — artist, title and album. Keep your tweeps swooning with this free app.

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