I like to smile. I like iTunes. I like my iPod. I like podcasts. I like download Tuesdays. I like album artwork. I like Texas Hold ’em. I like Dennis Quaid. I like Steve Earl. I like Saturday Night Live. I like that I can play, watch and/or listen to all of this when I’m traveling or need a break from “cube cruisers”. And that makes me smile. But, I especially like music album artwork!
My CDs are “stacked” in a way that you’d never see artwork unless it’s during my once every decade spring cleaning cycle. I’ve always been annoyed that the easiest way to get artwork imported was to re-purchase the song/album on iTunes. This doesn’t make sense given that I have 12GB/3000 songs and even though I like artwork I’m not going to re-purchase what I already own. Sure, there are various 3rd party tools with relative success in obtaining and importing the album artwork. I’ve tried a couple with limited success.
One news items that didn’t get a lot ‘noise’ as Apple marched on in it’s path to the digital living room, was Cover Flow. Cover Flow was the work of Andrew Enright and a colleague. He came up with the idea and then put it on the Web and Apple purchased the technology and IP.
The latest release of iTunes (7.0) and the new album-browsing technology is not perfect, but did populate ~80% of my library. Sync your iPod and now you’re groov’n with picts of your fav artists. In addition, you can visually search on artwork – nice. If you have not done so, try it. In iTunes go to “advance –> get artwork” and after a slight delay your library is now populated with album artwork.
Yet another idea from the internet edge where helping people entertain themselves makes $$. Apple being the feature and customer focused company they are, acquired the technology and enhanced their product. That makes me smile.