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Before iTunes 9, there was a "Display album artwork" checkbox. By disabling then reenabling it you could rebuild the album artwork database on the iPod (when it gets corrupt by programs like Songbird).

However, I cannot seem to find that checkbox in iTunes 9. It is gone forever, or just hidden?

How can I rebuild the album artwork database on an iPod when it gets corrupt?

The album artwork is embedded into the files, so I just need to rebuild the artwork database in {iPod}\iPod_Control\Artwork so the iPod displays them correctly. Retransferring all the media again to the iPod would be my last option.

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foobar2000 and mediamonkey are able to recreate the artwork database, based purely on the embedded album artwork.

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It looks like this option has been removed in iTunes 9, with no equivalent available.

The closest thing to a workaround would be to:

  • Select all your songs (+A or ctrl+A)
  • Right click > "Clear downloaded artwork"

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  • Confirm by clicking "Clear downloaded artwork"
  • Right click > "Get album artwork"

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However, I have not tested this as I don't have a corrupted iPod so I cannot be 100% sure if it works or not.

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where should the "clear downloaded artwork" option be? in the context menu? i can't find it... – akira Sep 28 '09 at 10:35
The the right click-ed contextual menu. – Josh Hunt Sep 28 '09 at 12:12
nope, no such entry in my menu, i ll have to check the mac version as well, but i am pretty sure to not have seen such an option. – akira Sep 28 '09 at 14:30
They should be there. If they are not, I suspect it is because iTunes automatically downloaded the album art for that album. If it is not there, simply ignore that step and see if it still works. – Josh Hunt Sep 28 '09 at 20:12
the context menu you are talking about is only available in the normal media library, not at the songs on the ipod ... – akira Sep 29 '09 at 4:53

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