How to Change the Song Pictures on an iPod

by David Weedmark

Some iPod models include a display screen that shows album artwork for each song as it plays. If you don't like the picture, customize it for any song using images on your computer or pictures from your favorite website using iTunes to make this change. Once you customize the pictures in iTunes, sync your iPod to ensure your album artwork changes appear on your device the next time you use your iPod to play some music.

Connect the iPod to your computer using the USB cable it came with and then launch iTunes if it does not open automatically.

Select the iPod in the left menu in iTunes. Click the "Music" tab. Review whether the "Display Album Artwork on your iPod" check box is selected. If it is, continue to Step 3. If the check box is empty, click it and then click "Apply." It may take several minutes for the artwork to be transferred to your iPod.

Select a song by clicking it once in iTunes. Click the "File" menu and select "Get Info." Click "Artwork" in the song's Info window. ITunes displays the picture currently associated with the song. Click the "Delete" button to clear the current picture. If no picture is associated with the song, the canvas is blank.

Locate an image to use for the song's picture. Use JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and Photoshop images directly in iTunes, but you must convert images from WAV files before iTunes can use them as artwork. Either drag the image from your desktop onto the artwork canvas or, if the image is on your computer, click the "Add" button, select the file and click "OK."

Drag the slider beneath the picture to increase or decrease its size as needed. By default, the picture fills as much of the canvas as possible.

Click the "Sync" button so that the changes you made to the artwork sync to your iPod. The status bar at the top of the screen will tell you when the sync is complete. Click the "Eject" button beside the iPod in the left menu of iTunes before disconnecting it from the USB cable.


  • Download album artwork for all songs in the same album in iTunes. Right-click the title of a song in iTunes. Select "Get Album Artwork" from the drop-down menu. A dialog box opens warning you that information about the song will be sent to Apple but the information related to your music library contents will not be kept by Apple. Click the "Get Album Artwork" button. If iTunes is able to find the correct artwork, it is automatically added to every song in that album.

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