iTunes 12.2 and iOS 8.4: Add Custom Artwork to Playlists

iTunes 12.2 and iOS 8.4 add artwork to your playlists, which you can see in Playlists view in iTunes or in the iOS Music app. By default, this is either the album artwork (if the playlist has music from a single album) or a montage of all the artwork in the playlist (up to four albums). But you can change this artwork if you wish.

In iTunes, just click the artwork in the playlist header:

Change playlist artwork itunes

A popover displays, showing Defaults (the little icons you can use in Messages), Recents (recently used photos), Camera (you can take your own photo, if you so desire), and Other (you can select any file).

You can also just drag artwork on the existing artwork to change it.

On iOS, it’s a bit different. Select a playlist, and tap Edit. You’ll see that the artwork displays a camera button; tap that button, and you’ll see a menu offering to Take Photo or Choose Photo.

Change playlist artwork ios

If you want to change artwork of a playlist, you could find artwork on the web, save it to your Photos app, and then choose it in the above manner.

34 thoughts on “iTunes 12.2 and iOS 8.4: Add Custom Artwork to Playlists

  1. Those four 40px x 40px covers in the montage really bring the artwork to life. It’s like I can almost reach out and touch the art and truly feel what the designer was trying to emotional convey.

  2. Those four 40px x 40px covers in the montage really bring the artwork to life. It’s like I can almost reach out and touch the art and truly feel what the designer was trying to emotional convey.

    • I don’t see any way to do this. Make a new playlist, and move all the tracks there, and it will re-create the artwork.

      • After spending 15 minutes trying to figure this, I just duplicated the playlist and behold! everything’s duplicated but the custom artwork. So that’s an easier workaround.

    • I don’t see any way to do this. Make a new playlist, and move all the tracks there, and it will re-create the artwork.

      • After spending 15 minutes trying to figure this, I just duplicated the playlist and behold! everything’s duplicated but the custom artwork. So that’s an easier workaround.

  3. How about an option to REMOVE this pointless waste of space? Oh right, we can’t. It’s Apple’s way or the highway. Every stupid move like this is pushing me toward Linux one step at a time.

  4. How about an option to REMOVE this pointless waste of space? Oh right, we can’t. It’s Apple’s way or the highway. Every stupid move like this is pushing me toward Linux one step at a time.

  5. I was wondering, on your playlist, the tracks have their album art next to them. I somehow changed my settings and now I want that back ;p Can you tell me how to turn that back on per se?

    • Click the View options menu at the top-right of the window. You can then check options to show artwork, and choose a size.

  6. I was wondering, on your playlist, the tracks have their album art next to them. I somehow changed my settings and now I want that back ;p Can you tell me how to turn that back on per se?

    • Click the View options menu at the top-right of the window. You can then check options to show artwork, and choose a size.

  7. I’ve noticed in my smart playlists (on MacBook), the recent played smart playlist changes it’s banner to reflect the changing nature of my playlist (as it does automatically for all my playlists on my iOS device. But the playlist banner for recently played banner seems to be stuck and has been for well over a month including artwork for things that aren’t in the playlist. Again the corresponding playlist banner on my iOS device regularly changes. It’s a small but niggling thing. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  8. I’ve noticed in my smart playlists (on MacBook), the recent played smart playlist changes it’s banner to reflect the changing nature of my playlist (as it does automatically for all my playlists on my iOS device. But the playlist banner for recently played banner seems to be stuck and has been for well over a month including artwork for things that aren’t in the playlist. Again the corresponding playlist banner on my iOS device regularly changes. It’s a small but niggling thing. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  9. How can I find the photo I took in Finder? I chose the camera option, but don’t know how to view the actual photo by itself.

  10. How can I find the photo I took in Finder? I chose the camera option, but don’t know how to view the actual photo by itself.

  11. Where are these files/thumbnails stored on the Mac? I have some not related to iTunes I’d like to delete.

  12. Where are these files/thumbnails stored on the Mac? I have some not related to iTunes I’d like to delete.

  13. In iOS, what size photo works for playlist artwork? I can’t find dimensions that render properly? Mostly I get enlarged corners of an image no matter what size it is.

  14. In iOS, what size photo works for playlist artwork? I can’t find dimensions that render properly? Mostly I get enlarged corners of an image no matter what size it is.

  15. Kirk, when printing a CD cover insert for a given playlist, is there any way to print the custom artwork, vs the mosaic option?

  16. Kirk, when printing a CD cover insert for a given playlist, is there any way to print the custom artwork, vs the mosaic option?

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