Album Art Downloader is a free open-source tool that is regularly updated and regarded by many as the go-to utility for downloading cover art.
It uses an impressive array of sources to find album art and might make the difference when trying to find the correct cover art—particularly for rare albums.
Platform: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (last updated April 2018)
Music streaming services automatically display album art, but you’re on your own with local music collections. Besides being enjoyable to look at, having proper CD covers helps you easily identify music tracks and makes your collection feel complete.
Below, we round up some of the best sites to download high-quality CD album cover art. You can use them to perfect your MP3 collection or just collect your favorite CD cover designs.
Album Art Exchange is a site wholly devoted to high-quality images of album covers, making it a great resource for anyone interested in album art.
On its About page, the founder mentions that he started the site because so much of the CD cover art online was of terrible quality. These images are often plagued with JPEG compression, poor contrast, scratches, and scans where someone didn’t even take the time to remove the CD insert from its case.
As a result, you’ll find excellent album cover images here for over 650,000 albums. Just search for a specific album (or artist) to find what you’re looking for. Each one displays the image size, dimensions, and user rating, so you can pick the best one for your needs.
Add cover art to iTunes
Album art is one of the best ways to bring your music collection to life, especially where iTunes is concerned.
The problem is, there’s not always any album art to choose from especially if you’ve got an eclectic collection. Album Artwork Assistant is a simple wizard that helps you to bring your iTunes library to life, helping you find the covers of your albums and labeling them correctly.
Using Album Artwork Assistant is simple. All you have to do to use it is select the name of the album you want to check for from your iTunes collection. Album Artwork Assistant will then give you a whole host of choices of album art to choose from – too many in most cases – and you can then select which one you want. All of the album covers possible are shown in the lower window.