Import Cover Art Plugin
As promised yesterday, here's the follow-up post to the yesterday's release of beaTunes 3.5.8. While attending this year's ISMIR conference in Porto, I became aware of the joint MusicBrainz/InternetArchive effort to provide users with an open and public way to look up and download music cover art: The Cover Art Archive at coverartarchive.org.
In order to take advantage of the new service, two things had to happen:
- Better support for managing cover art in the beaTunes API
- A plugin that could take advantage of the API and also talk to coverartarchive.org
AudioSonginterface now offers additional methods for dealing with cover art. Part two is what this post is about:
The new Import Cover Art plugin.
(for the curious, the sources are available as maven3 project)
How to install the plugin
To install the plugin, start beaTunes 3.5.8 and open the Plugin pane of the application's Preferences. Click on the Available plugins tab, select Import cover art from coverartarchive.org, and click on the +-button.
Once you hit Analyze, beaTunes will attempt to look up MusicBrainz Release Ids for the selected tracks and use those to retrieve the image files. Notice that I write attempt. If beaTunes can't find the release id, it can't use coverartarchive.org. The other problem that you will most likely encounter, is, that the artwork may not be stored in the archive yet. Therefore, please contribute!
Contributing to coverartarchive.org is simple. The fine people over at MusicBrainz wrote a neat little guide. Just follow the guide!