Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Fetch Art 1.2 and iTunes 7

Today apple announced iTunes 7. I'm currently at work and cannot test it with Fetch Art (although I am downloading the new version, it's going slow, the servers must be busy.) However, they claim they've added an album art download feature which may make Fetch Art obsolete.

I'll have to do some testing to see how it works (and how well it works) to see if this will signal the end of development on Fetch Art which of course will break my heart.

UPDATE: I've completed testing with iTunes 7 on several PowerPC Macs and am happy to report Fetch Art runs great on all the machines I tested on. Still working towards Intel Mac support though.

I'd love to hear you comments as well. Let me know if you think the new feature of iTunes successfully replaces Fetch Art or if there are still reasons to continue developing the application.


akseeker said...


I tried to use FetchArt with iTunes 7, for an album that's not listed on iTunes (Led Zeppelin), enough of a reason to continue development.

The error displayed was:
Can't locate LWP/Simple.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /System/Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level /System/Library/Perl/5.8.6 /Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level /Library/Perl/5.8.6 /Library/Perl /Network/Library/Perl/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level /Network/Library/Perl/5.8.6 /Network/Library/Perl /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.8.6/darwin-thread-multi-2level /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.8.6 /Library/Perl/5.8.1 .) at /Applications/Fetch Art.app//Contents/Resources/fetchart.pl line 15.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /Applications/Fetch Art.app//Contents/Resources/fetchart.pl line 15. (2)

Larry said...

I just ran a test on iTunes 7 and downloaded album art within iTunes. Works great.

I have used FetchArt for a long time and love it but it looks like its life is over. Too bad.

editcandy said...

Aw heck. I just tried to grab some cover artwork for Beck's Mellow Gold. iTunes 7 got me nothing. Fetch Art worked like a charm.

TheToyDog said...

Hi - I just tried Fetch Art with iTunes 7 - I got the same error as akseeker

Incidentally, iTunes 7 art download is dependent on having an iTunes store account - those countries that don't have an iTunes store (like us folks in New Zealand) simply can't use it - good reason to continue Fetch Art - call it aid for the underdeveloped world in the 21st century - like the Peace Corps used to do!

jfp said...

Same error and same comments as below. Please continue the support of this nice application.

scott said...

Fetch Art is still necessary. iTunes doesn't allow for running specified songs - its your entire library or nothing. And given how error prone all artwork grabbers can be - I really don't want to run it on my entire library. Please keep up the good work.

rob said...

Some people also simply don't have a creditcard or similar and thus not the option to create an iTunes store account ¬.¬

Please, keep up the great work! <3

backwater-dweller said...

I had the same problem as akseeker but have installed the following perl bits and bobs but doing the normal perl Makefile.PL;make;make install.

They have all been put into /Library/perl/5.8.6

I wonder what happened to them? Did iTunes 7 remove them when it upgraded? I have only ever tried Fetch art with iTunes 7.

It now runs without errors, it seems to look for stuff and lights flash very briefly on the ADSL modem but no artwork is ever returned.

Just like 'thetoydog' I am in New Zealand and there are no iTunes accounts for us due to unfeasibly mad copyright laws. Just listening to music is virtually an infringement since it involves a change of format.

If I can help with debugging please let me know.

Dmitri Bilgere said...


I get the same error as others do.

I think your app is actually MORE needed now, because apple seems to have a MUCH more limited range of cover art than amazon does, and the new cover-art-search feature is only cool if you have the cover art!


Aric said...

Hey all. I've gotten lots of feedback (not just at this blog, but through email too) since the iTunes 7 release.

I am working to catch up with all correspondence, so please be patient.

My goals are to work to debug the increase in Perl errors that are getting reported as well as to evaluate the interest in continuing development. So far most people have asked me to continue development for various reasons, one of them being, that Apple's music store often doesn't find artwork for songs as well as Fetch Art.

Aric said...

Also, for the record, I have completed my testing on iTunes 7 and have found Fetch Art to be 100% compatible and working great on the systems I tested on.

filix said...

same error, it would be very nice if you continue with fetch art for all the non apple store account holders

gatorbobinc said...


I installed the new version yet the script menu does not appear in the itunes menu. any ideas? i launched the program manually instead.

thanks, love the program.


filix said...

same error can't locate LWP....

JeeKay said...

Same error, but i'm running macos x 10.4.7 fr and itunes 6.0.5 fr.

flibberty said...

I'm afraid this is not working at all for me on 10.4.7, althought the old version worked fine with 10.3 and itunes 6.
I got rid of all signs of the old one.

It doesn't install into the scripts menu. If I drag it into the scripts folder, it won't open from the itunes menu. So I have to open it as a separate application.
Then I get the same Perl error message as everyone else seems to.
Then when I highlight some songs and open Fetch, the songs appear in the window, it says it is downloading, and then it just stops. If I eventually click on the fetchart window, I get the message NSContainerSpecifierError (2).

I hope it gets better.

gatorbobinc said...


I've downloaded and installed the new version of fetchart. but the script menu does not appear in the new itunes menus.

what do i do?


Be A Song said...

I have a LOT of music that iTunes 7 did not find the art, but FetchArt did on Amazon.

Many thanks.

Aric said...

Beta Testers needed:

See my new post here: http://aricsblog.blogspot.com/2006/09/fetch-art-beta-testers-needed.html

Anonymous said...

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