How to Add Cover Art

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Adding cover art is usually done by creating a relationship between a release and Amazon, using the "has Amazon ASIN" relationship, but can also be done by creating a relationship using one of our other supported cover art sites.

Note: It is important to only add cover art from sources that have given us permission to do so. See our list of cover art sites to see which domains are supported and how to go about adding support for additional domains.

To create a new cover art link, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the release you'd like to add cover art to.
  2. Click on 'Relate to URL'
  3. Select the 'has cover art at' link type (Note: Use 'has Amazon ASIN' if adding an Amazon URL)
  4. Enter in the URL

In most cases when entering the URL it is important to paste it, not type it, or the server may not be able to parse it properly.

Domain specific notes

Amazon

When adding Amazon cover art do not use the 'has cover art at' link type, use the special 'has Amazon ASIN' link type instead.

The URL will be parsed by the server and modified upon pasting, make sure it is in the following form:

http://www.amazon.tld/gp/product/ASIN.
Where tld is the country code and ASIN is the 10 or 11 character ASIN code.

Do not link to a cover art image directly, the URL should always be in the above form.

Things to remember:

  • Do not add URLs to products that are only sold by custom sellers (those that don't have an Amazon price).
  • Use the right regional Amazon! Don't link to amazon.de if the release is British, link to amazon.co.uk
  • Be careful to add the right ASIN to the right release version. You should not link a CD release to a vinyl or MP3 page! You should also make sure the Amazon page is for the right barcode; you can use Nikki's nice ASIN to barcode converter for it.

For more information see the Amazon relationship type page.

CD Baby

Enter the URL of the release page, e.g. http://cdbaby.com/cd/esposthumus.

Jamendo

Enter the URL of the release page - taking care to remove any language specific path, e.g. http://www.jamendo.com/album/1003/ not http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/1003/

Internet Archive (archive.org)

Archive.org requires linking directly to the image file, but since it does not have a consistent scheme for music URLs and cover art URLs you need to add a separate 'get the music' link to the music page, e.g. http://www.archive.org/details/xgn017_-_dissident. You may choose any of the 'get the music' link sub-types. This will link in the cover art and make sure the 'info' link below the cover art goes to the right place.

Other sites

When adding cover art from a supported site enter the URL to the image itself (i.e. ends in .jpg or .jpeg) Cover art can be added from a restricted number of other sites, using the CoverArtRelationshipType. For any of these sites, follow the instructions at CoverArtSites as to the type of URL to add.

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