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iTunes Screensaver

I’m not sure how long ago Apple added an iTunes screensaver but I just got around to playing with it. It’s kind of fun. It loads up all your album artwork and displays it on the screen. Then albums flip and change into new ones. It’s like an iTunes ad for your personal music.

What would be really cool is if it were to be like the iTunes TV ad where the album covers build up a city and then scatter. How great would that be?

iTunes Screensaver

18 Responses

  1. Y’know, I’ve thought the very same thing!

    Looking at your screensaver pic there, we have a remarkably similar library, at least as fat as country goes (Sugarland, Shania, Jo Dee Messina, Rascal Flatts). We should complare notes!

  2. alex says:


    I saw the screensaver on a mac att the party. But i don’t find it on itunes. Is it an add ?
    Where can i find this screensaver ?

  3. Thomas says:

    Alex, it’s not in iTunes, but rather the screen saver settings in the System Preferences.

  4. alex says:

    find it !

  5. Gareth says:

    Wait for OSX 10.5 – I do believe there’s a rather slick CoreAnimation screensaver that does the ‘city’ effect with your iPhoto library.. wouldn’t be surprised if the iTunes Cover Art screensaver makes use of the same effect..

  6. Thomas says:

    Gareth – Like the iTunes commercial on TV? That was cool!

  7. dave says:

    hi, my friends just recommended this screensaver thingy…
    trouble is i cant find where the album artwork is on my computer – is it stored seperately from the tracks?

    ANY help much apprieciated



  8. Thomas says:

    iTunes cover art is located in the tracks as part of the meta data for the audio file. You shouldn’t have to be able to locate it.

  9. sean says:

    is this only a mac feature, or is there anyway to get this on windows??!

  10. Thomas says:

    Mac only as far as I know.

  11. John says:

    For some reason, the iTues screensaver is only displaying artwork from music I’ve purchased through iTunes. Music purchased from eMusic or burned from CDs is not being displayed in the screen saver, even though it’s displaying inside the iTunes app.

    Anyone know why or how to fix this?


  12. Thomas says:

    John – Does the songs in question have artwork in iTunes? Music I’ve added via a CD (not purchased) works as long as I set the cover art in iTunes.

  13. Ray says:

    yea, i’m having the same problem. I have a ton of album art, but only a few of the pix. are showing up on the screensaver!
    anyone with an answer?

  14. John says:

    Yes, Thomas — all the CD’s in question have artwork that display inside the iTunes player — they just don’t display in the screensaver.

  15. Thomas says:

    I wish I had an answer, but I don’t unfortunately.

  16. kaonashi says:

    For those of you who are too poor to own a mac (like me) here’s a windows version. I found it after seeing my colleague has the mac version on his G5.

  17. Benigna Torviso-Marko says:

    I think the art work helps when you are sorting and it gives the cd a personality.
    Benigna Torviso-Marko

  18. Benigna Marko says:

    Having finally decided that itunes is the way to music building, I find the lables easy to when searching for a particular music. Sort of makes you use your memory cells.
    Benigna Marko

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