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Let us assume that I have a perfectly tagged MP3 collection - at the very least Artist and Album Name are all intact. The only lacking thing is the album covers.

What tool should I use? I note there are many but it's difficult to figure out their quality.

I am specifically looking for a batch approach - push play and let it go, taking hours or days if necessary.

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Taghycardia performs automated cover art downloading and embedding for large MP3 libraries.

It first looks if a cover is present in an MP3 folder itself. If yes, it embeds the locally found cover art, otherwise it performs an online search.

The program analyzes the pictures already present in the tracks for inconsistencies so the user could unify cover art across a folder or leave it as is.

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I've been a long time user of MediaMonkey, which will pull album covers from a variety of sources and allow you to fine tune the search for older albums that will help you find the cover art you need.

If you're looking for more of a "batch" approach, iTunes has to option to "Download Album Artwork" and it will search your entire collection. While it does process things in batch, I've had issues having it find some of my more obscure albums.

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I'm definitely looking for a batch approach, I am not familiar with iTunes - are there any 'lock-in' issues to be afraid of? Will edit my question to clarify. –  Andy Smith Mar 28 '11 at 21:12
    
@Andrew: iTunes will create a database of album artwork, to reduce file size. However, there is a script (dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=embedart) that will embed the artwork into the file directly. The database might be a for of "lock in" for you, but will go quick. My collection is probably smaller than yours, but I prefer MediaMonkey because I can directly embed the artwork, and it it was worth it to go album by album. A few nights through the process of a week and I was done. –  Dillie-O Mar 28 '11 at 21:39
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I chose the Album Art Downloader because this mostly suits my needs. Unfortunately it grabs files to an external file but I will have to embded them later.

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