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How to clean up your Mac iTunes library

Fill out your album artwork to get a grid of great-looking music in iTunes on your Mac

mainThe latest version of iTunes is very focused on making the most of the visual side of your music. Your library is now displayed as a grid of albums, each showing off the colourful album artwork, and when you open one of these albums the song drawer uses colours based on the cover to create a beautiful effect.

However, if you have missing album artwork, have randomly named tracks or just haven’t updated your library in a long time, the results can be a confusing interface that can make it hard to find a song, or just an ugly grid of grey squares. But in just a few short steps you can populate your entire iTunes catalogue, creating a beautiful library filled with bright and colourful artwork, ready to play whenever you want.


step 11 Sign in

First things first, if you aren’t already signed
in with your Apple ID in iTunes, then click Store>Sign in. You’ll need to be signed in if you want to complete the next step.

Step 22 Get Album Artwork

Now you can start filling in the gaps. Click File>Library>Get Album Artwork. iTunes will read the names of albums without artwork and match them up with albums in the Store.

Step 33 Check the names

If there are still gaps after this, go through the blank albums and check their names are correct, then use the Get Album Artwork method again to see if any more are picked up.

Step 44 Go online

To fill in the remaining gaps, open Safari and search Google for the name of the album followed by the word artwork. Under Images, find the biggest file you can and download it

Step 55 Get Info

Back in iTunes, right-click on an album and choose Get Info. Drag and drop the artwork you’ve downloaded into the box in the bottom- right to add it to all the tracks at once.

Step 66 Track names

Sometimes when CDs are imported, the track names are missing and you end up with multiple albums filled with Track 01, Track 02, etc. Highlight the first track in question.

Step 77 Renaming

Open the Get Info panel again and input the proper name for the track. You’ll need to repeat this step for each track individually, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Step 88 Sorting options

The Sorting tab is great if you have an album with multiple artists, or several collaborations. Set the Album Artist to a single band or person to keep the tracks together.

Step 99 More in Store

Finally, you can complete your collections by downloading the rest of the albums by a particular artist. Select an album, then use the In the Store section to get more tracks.

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