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iTunes Album Art and DJ Features

Monday, July 19th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Multimedia
 
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I love using iTunes to organize my music – all of my media can be accessed from one place with play counts and everything! However, I sometimes encounter problems which I later learn can be fixed with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Album Art
I often find that paid music downloads from online music stores other than iTunes don’t come with album art. Album art appears down the bottom left-hand corner of your screen while music plays on your PC, and takes a prominent position on the screen of an iPod. Album art changes depending on which track you’re playing (obviously!), but looks something like this:

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When no album art is associated with a track on your PC, the following image will appear instead:

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As the placeholder ‘art’ suggests, there is a way to make the correct album art appear instead! Firstly, head over to Google Images and search for the album your song is a member of.

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Now, find what image you are looking for and click on it. Click See full size image. Now, click the image, and, without releasing your finger from the mouse, drag your mouse cursor over the iTunes icon on your taskbar. iTunes should automatically open up. Now, position your mouse cursor over the box that reads, “Drag Artwork Here,” and release your finger.

Congratulations! Album art should now appear in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Remember, if you have an iPod, this art won’t update on your iPod automatically, and you’ll have to re-sync your device for the art to update.

iTunes DJ
Human disc jockeys are things of the past – you can now let iTunes pick a list of songs for you from your music collection and play them in different orders through iTunes DJ! If you’re hosting a party, this will work especially well, as I’m sure you’d prefer to concentrate on hosting than deciding which songs to play.

This tip works best if you’ve got a relatively large music collection. Anything too small and you’ll get bored hearing the same music over and over.

To set up iTunes DJ, simply click iTunes DJ on the left sidebar of iTunes.

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Now, hit Settings in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. In this interface, you can choose how many songs you would like iTunes to line up. I suggest checking Play higher rated songs more often. This way, iTunes will choose songs with higher star ratings (if you haven’t seen these before, they’re next to the song title in your music library) for inclusion in your list more often.

Now, hit Refresh and your list of songs will be chosen! Simply hit the play button as normal and your music will spring to life.

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Your music will play in the order in which it appears in the list. Every time one song ends, a new song will be added to the end of the list, so you’ll never run out of music to listen to!

Have fun with your iTunes music!

~Brandon Zubek

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