How to Get Album Artwork in iTunes 12.4

In previous versions of iTunes, you could right-click a track and choose Get Album Artwork to have iTunes download artwork (if it was available) from the iTunes Store. With iTunes 12.4, this has changed. The Get Album Artwork no longer shows up in the contextual menu when you select a track.

To get album artwork now, you have to click the artwork area for an album, and you can do this in any view. Here’s how it looks in Albums view:

Get artwork albums

And here’s the menu item in Genres view (I’ve selected an album that already has artwork:

Get artwork genres

Note that this menu item only displays when you click on an album; it doesn’t display if you click on tracks, even if you select all the tracks of an album.

You shouldn’t use the File > Library > Get Album Artwork command, because that will check for artwork for your entire library, potentially replacing some of your artwork.

8 thoughts on “How to Get Album Artwork in iTunes 12.4

  1. Thanks! I was trying to figure that out yesterday. I’m still trying to fix about 600 albums from which Apple Music deleted the embedded artwork.

  2. Thanks! I was trying to figure that out yesterday. I’m still trying to fix about 600 albums from which Apple Music deleted the embedded artwork.

  3. “You shouldn’t use the File > Library > Get Album Artwork command…”

    Any way to disable that command? Kirk? Doug?

  4. “You shouldn’t use the File > Library > Get Album Artwork command…”

    Any way to disable that command? Kirk? Doug?

  5. There used to be another menu item “Clear downloaded artwork” which seems to be gone. Clearing downloaded artwork must now be done by deleting the artwork in the info window, as if it was manually added.

  6. There used to be another menu item “Clear downloaded artwork” which seems to be gone. Clearing downloaded artwork must now be done by deleting the artwork in the info window, as if it was manually added.

  7. Get Album Artwork has completely stopped working for me in the last few weeks.

    Never returns artwork or even gives me an error message (I’ve reset warnings). I wonder if this feature is broken for everyone or if it’s something to do with my setup? Behaviour is the same on all 3 of my Macs, although they’re all synced through iTunes Match.

  8. Get Album Artwork has completely stopped working for me in the last few weeks.

    Never returns artwork or even gives me an error message (I’ve reset warnings). I wonder if this feature is broken for everyone or if it’s something to do with my setup? Behaviour is the same on all 3 of my Macs, although they’re all synced through iTunes Match.

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