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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Printing CD Covers from iTunes

You know, the worst thing about being a long-time user of any piece of software is that you sometimes don't catch new features. Case in point...

Somewhere along the lines, iTunes added the ability to print CD insert artwork. You can print just a track listing, or a cover that uses the artwork that you have embedded in the MP3 (you HAVE been adding artwork to your MP3s, haven't you?). A mixed CD can be printed as a "mosaic" of cover artwork.

Kewl. I'm going to have to go back through all the iLife apps and check the "what's new" section to see what else I may be missing.

In a related note, I've switched from iView Media Pro (250$ CDN) to iPhoto (99$ CDN, and comes with a bunch of other free apps, like iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, and Garageband). iView is good, but they haven't been doing much to keep up lately. iPhoto, on the other hand, has gotten really really good with version 5. If anyone is interested I'll post a "top 5 cool things in iPhoto", but it's so hard to miss with iLife 05 that you probably should just go and pick it up. If you only use two of the apps you'll be getting an incredible bargain.


  • I just tried this tonight - sweet! A reason to actually resurrect my printer and blow off the dust.

    By Chris, at 7:53 PM  

  • Two nifty utilities to deal with cover art...

    a) FetchArt is an AppleScript that runs under iTunes to go to Amazon and using their XML interface, get the cover art.

    b) Clutter uses album art as an iTunes interface. It also uses Amazon for cover art.

    By Tim, at 12:29 PM  

  • I second that about Clutter - a sweet little app I've used to put cover art into my entire mp3 collection

    By Chris, at 7:57 PM  

  • I'm curious about why you picked iPhoto '05 over iView Media Pro.

    For me the biggest thing pushing me towards Media Pro is that I'm really short on disk space. I keep recent photos on my laptop and the rest on a removable external device. Media Pro is able to handle a volume-spanning library rather well. If iPhoto can't handle this yet, I can't use it.

    By Kiran Jonnalagadda, at 8:05 PM  

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