Jackson R. from Mississauga, Ont. asks: “How do I add a photo to MP3s on my computer, so I can see them on my MP3 player?”
Great question, Jackson.
Adding photos to an MP3 — one at a time or in a batch — is a fairly painless endeavour.
Import a song or album from a ripped CD. If it’s just one song you want to add a photo to, simply click on the file so that it turns blue and then right mouse-click and choose the first option, called Get Info. Now choose the last tab, Get Artwork. Click the Add button and browse your hard drive to a desired JPEG photo, such as the scanned CD cover. Once a photo has been selected, click OK to close the window. Now when you play this song on your iPod you’ll see the album art or other picture associated with it. You should also see the photo when you play the song in iTunes (if you don’t, go to View and click Show Artwork).
If you want to add photos to an entire album or playlist, click on the first song, hold down the Shift key and click on the last and all files will be highlighted in blue (alternatively, you can click CTRL + A to select all). Now right mouse-click and select Get Info. Now you’ll see a small box called Artwork on the right-hand side of this window. Simply cut and paste a JPEG photo anywhere on your hard drive to this spot and click OK. It might ask you if you’re sure you want to add the same artwork for multiple songs. Click yes. This might take a few minutes if there are a lot of tunes.
Note: iTunes also offers a Get Album Artwork option under the Advanced tab but results are mixed.
This free tool is also good for adding photos to one MP3 or as a batch job.
Type the name of the directory where your music is in (e.g. My Music) in the bottom left-hand corner. Highlight the song(s) you wish to add artwork to and then right mouse-click on the window with the round record inside of it. Choose Add cover and select a JPEG photo from your computer. Click the Save button on the toolbar at the top to apply the changes.
Now when you play these songs on an MP3 player or personal computer you’ll see the assigned artwork appear with the song.