Tip: Add missing album art (Mac)

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Sonos Support in Tips & Tricks

Whether it’s the classic prismatic triangle from Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon or the floating baby on Nirvana’s Nevermind, we understand that album artwork complements the music you’re listening to.  In fact, seeing cover art on your Sonos is sometimes just as important as hearing the music.

Unfortunately, if most of your digital music has come from ripped CDs, your files may be missing a lot of that cover art. The process of saving artwork within a music file is called embedding your artwork, and even some of the most common CD ripping programs such as iTunes don’t properly embed artwork to the files you save. And if it’s not embedded in the music file, you won’t be able to view it on your Sonos.

Luckily, there is a solution. For Mac users, it comes in the form of  CoverScout, a program that can match albums to their cover art, as well as automatically embed artwork into your iTunes music library files. Below, you’ll find some tips on using CoverScout to make your digital music files complete.

And don’t worry, PC users–we haven’t forgotten about you! Stay tuned for our next tip.


1) Download and purchase CoverScout from Equinux (a free limited trial is available).
2) Open the app and select an album–or albums–that does not currently have album artwork.

3) In the Search menu, choose “Search and Assign Automatically” (or if multiple albums are selected, “Start Searches and Assign”).

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4) Choose 400 pixels as the minimum and 1024 maximum, check the “Image is Square” box, and then click Search.

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5) Sit back and relax as the album art rolls in.

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If you already have all your album artwork–or you have used the iTunes “Get Album Artwork” feature to and it’s still not showing up–CoverScout can automatically embed all the album artwork in your iTunes:

1) Open CoverScout
2) Click File -> Move iTunes Covers to Files

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3) Select “All albums,” and then click Move.

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This may take some time depending on the size of your library, but once it is finished any iTunes album artwork that was not previously embedded will be.

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Sonos Support in Tips & Tricks

  • Facebook User

    So many simple free options on Windows

  • carpas

    Any solutions on how to do this if you use a NAS drive to store music?  CoverScout is awesome for music stored on a mac but it can’t see NAS drives.

    • Tim

      Yes. Try Media Monkey. It’s the best program out there for managing tags on your music tracks.  I have used it for years.

    • Tim

      I should have also said I also have a NAS drive and it works fine.