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Get Album Artwork for iTunes on Your iPod

Ways to Get Album Artwork for Songs on Your iPod

iTunes Artwork Recovery
First up, you need to activate the album artwork panel. There’s a button on the bottom right corner of the iTunes window, that says, “Show or hide item artwork and window viewer”. Click on it to see the artwork for any song.
You will then click on the “Advanced” panel on the top tool bar on iTunes. There is an option “Get Album Artwork” in the panel. Click on it. It’s preferred you’re not listening to music or using any application that consumes too much RAM. You should get “Processing Album Artwork” on the top middle status bar.
This takes time according to the number of non-artwork songs you have. A point here is to try to remove any and all duplicate songs from your iTunes. Having to download the same image for a song and its copy will only delay the process. Also, the songs must be tagged properly, with no spelling mistakes in the song name, album name or genre.
After the process is done, you’ll get a notification for all the songs for whom artwork couldn’t be retrieved. You can also use Coverflow to double-check if there are any more songs left.
Manually Adding Artwork
The songs that iTunes failed to get images for, are probably the ones you didn’t buy from iTunes. In this case, you’ll have to search for the images manually through the Internet. You’ll have to either get the songs from your iPod to your computer, add the image and send them back to the iPod afterwards to maintain the artwork on both your computer and the iPod.
The best places to get the images from are the record label site,, Wikipedia and You will most likely find the image on Wikipedia, and if you don’t, search the others. Download the image onto your computer when you have found the right one. Another way is to scan the CD front image and using that scanned image.
Click on the song for which you found the image. With the song selected, click on “File” on the top tool bar and click on “Get Info”. A window for the song details should pop up.
There will be an empty square on the bottom right side of the window for the album artwork. Copy the image and paste it onto the square, or drag and drop the image on the square. Click “Ok” and check the song file again. You should have the image on the bottom left corner of the iTunes window.
If there are multiple songs that need the same image, you can select all of them, using Shift-click for grouped multiple songs, or Ctrl-click on the PC and Apple key-click on a Mac. Then click on “Get Info” and add the image like described in the above step. Click “Ok” and then wait for a while for the images to add.
If in case a song already has an image on it which you want to replace, follow the same procedure and drag and drop (or copy and paste) the new image onto the older one.
If you don’t see the image on your iPod, delete the song and add it again. If all else fails, get the song again from iTunes. Take care when you are getting these images from the Internet. There will probably be copyright laws on the images and you’ll have to be careful when you get them from the sites.

ITunes Brings About Changes in the Music Industry

In an era plagued with notorious musical fat cats who would strong-arm the competition with their stacks of greens, and the seemingly unstoppable pirates who would relentlessly steal from the artists and labels, Apple iTunes came as a godsend. Steve Jobs had a complete vision that began with the iTunes – a digital store that would provide all the music that the user wanted, and the iPods, iPads, iPhones etc., where this music could be downloaded and played.

Since its inception in 2003, iTunes has managed to completely redefine the music industry. Steve Jobs, the then-Apple CEO, literally manhandled the major record companies, extracting from them some of the most legendary deals and negotiations which completely altered the economics of music, snubbed online piracy, and did so much more.

In the following lines, we shall learn about the impact that iTunes has had on the music industry, and all the changes that it has brought about over its more than decade-long reign.

How iTunes Revolutionized the Music Industry

1) It Allowed the User to Pick His/Her Song

In the music industry, one can find many artists who are what can be best described as one-hit-wonders. Like firecrackers, they burst into the scene illuminating it with the dazzling brightness of their hit number. However, the glow of their glory is short-lived, rarely exceeding the boundaries of that one hit song.

Now imagine having to buy an entire album full of mediocre and even plain bad songs, just to savor that one good song! You would be literally spending on music you didn’t want. Makes no sense, right? Well that was the way the music industry operated before iTunes came along.

When the iTunes music store opened its digital shutters in 2003, it allowed music lovers to download and pay for only the song which they liked, without forcing them to buy the whole album against their will. Thus, it gave the power of choice to the consumers.

2) It Provided Unlimited Access to Infinite Music

Before the advent of iTunes, music was largely dispersed and usually difficult to obtain. It used to be that, you would listen to a song over the radio or see it on MTV, and then you would go out hunting for it in music stores. If you were lucky, you would find the album you wanted, else you would have no choice but to note it down and pray that it came to your neighborhood store someday in the near future. All this changed when iTunes arrived.

God put the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, and Mr. Jobs planted iTunes―the tree of music―in the Gardens of the Internet. All you need to do is bite into the ‘apple’ from it, and you are able to access an unlimited amount of music. And the best part – it ain’t no sin! Thanks to iTunes, you have all the music you want right at your fingertips.

The Popular Console Piano

Piano is an abbreviation of the word Pianoforte, which is an Italian word for the instrument. It is a stringed instrument, which produces sound when keys are pressed, which in turn causes hammers to strike the steel strings with various intensities. The hammers then rebound causing the strings to vibrate at their resonant frequency. Bartolomeo Cristofori created the gravecembalo col piano e forte in early 1700s. The changes that were made to the early invention became the basis of what today’s pianos are. They were originally large and horizontal, and used to take up much of the floor space. As the need arose, and thanks to technology, pianos were turned up vertically. As of today, there are two types of vertical pianos – console piano and spinet piano. Here, we will have a detailed look at the console piano.
What is a Console Piano?
Console piano is the most popular of the upright or vertical pianos, with other four being spinet, the consolette, the studio, and the professional. They are smaller than the usual pianos that most people have. It was developed in the 19th century keeping in mind the space-saving factor unlike the Grand pianos that are horizontal and large. It gained popularity in the 1900s as a piano of mid-range size and enhanced tones. So, if you are particular about your decor complementing the piano, then console is the one for you. It comes in a variety of choices. Owing to the digitized world, composing music has become easy and fun these days. Its design has made it a popular choice for many homes these days. The appearance ranges from wooden finishes with ornate inlays to modern sleek lines. The most renowned manufacturers of quality console pianos are Steinway, Kawai, and Yamaha.

The major difference in the five types of upright pianos is the height. The height of the console piano ranges from 40 inches to 43 inches. The height of the console piano falls in between the heights spinet and professional pianos, with spinet being the shortest and professional being the tallest. The tallest piano is about 55-60 inches in length and 21-25 inches in depth.
It weighs slightly more than the spinet. It also depends upon the material used for making a console. It usually weighs between 300-500 lbs. The action is considered to be the heaviest part of the piano. It is still lighter as compared to grand piano, which is 1300 lbs. Their light weight makes it easy to move them around, and are portable.
Other than height, pianos are distinguished on the basis of action also. The action of a piano is the mechanism that causes the hammer to strike the strings when a key is pressed. Console pianos have direct-blow action i.e. the action is above the keys. In indirect blows, the action is below the keys.

Learn to play the piano

The music made on the piano is conventionally scripted in the form of staff notations on the music sheet. Hence, familiarizing yourself with the piano notes and the staff music notations is an extremely important task.

It’s always a subjective matter of finding one instrument easier to comprehend than another, but for many, the piano helps make learning theory very easy. Playing a scale is simplified once you know where the notes are, which is also easy to figure out. In this article, we tell you about the different notes that you need to know in order to play the piano and give you some tips that will help you play the instrument.
Getting to Know the Piano Notes
Synthesizer Isolated On White
A grand piano has 88 keys. Of those, 52 are white and 36 are black. Each key represents a particular note, whose pitch is not replicated anywhere else on the piano. You have the seven natural notes in music: C, D, E, F, A, B, all of which fall on the white keys. The sharp (or flat) notes, A#, C#, D#, F#, and G#, fall on the black keys. Since B and E don’t have sharps, you get the black keys in groups of two and three, with two successive white keys in between.

The white key to the left of the group of two black keys is always C. The key that represents C in the middle of the piano is called the ‘Middle C’. It represents the center of the grand staff, which is the C note that divides the bass clef and the treble clef.
Piano Notes in Scales
Notes on a piano
In your beginner’s technical training, you’ll come across scales. To play the scales on the piano is quite easy, once you know which scale has accidentals. Let’s take the first, and the easiest example, of the C major scale. The scale is made of all natural notes, no accidentals. The scale goes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and the higher C. To play the scale in an ascending order, all you have to do is to locate the starting note C, and play all the white notes from it.

Taking another scale, G major, we come across a sharp F here. F# will be the black key that comes right after the white F key. So the scale G, A, B, C, D, E, F# will be played with all the notes from G to E on the white keys, and then you play the black F#, skipping the F. Similarly, all the other scales will respectively employ white keys for naturals and black keys for accidentals.