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iTunes Artwork Screensaver

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I have been using the iTunes Artwork Screensaver for many years. Was working perfectly on my late 2015 21.5" iMac. I made the fatal error of upgrading this machine to Catalina. The computer became slower than slow after the upgrade and various programs would just stop responding. I decided to purchase a new 27" 5k Retina iMac and loaded it with 32gb of ram. I used the latest Time Machine backup to transfer everything from the 2015 iMac to the new 2019 one. Everything is working except the iTunes Artwork Screensaver. It is just a black screen with no artwork showing. The 2019 iMac is running the latest Mojave.

 

Any ideas on how to get this working again?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Oh, sorry, I saw the bit about you upgrading to Catalina, and didn’t pay attention. What was the backup that you copied to the new iMac from the older iMac running Catalina? Have you watched iTunes yet on the new iMac? What happens if you go to albums for you; do you see artwork for all your albums?


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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Yes, it was a Catalina backup but the OS on the new machine stayed Mojave. I do see all my artwork in iTunes currently. I really enjoy having the artwork screensaver running when I am sitting for an extended music listening session.

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I'm thinking the Catalina backup munged something. Maybe give it time for iTunes to fully cache all the artwork. But it doesn't work on Catalina at all, so I'm thinking there's something that Catalina did to your artwork, settings, or caches.


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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I removed 12.9.5 but was not able to install 12.8.2 so I had to reinstall Mojave to get iTunes back. The good news is that the artwork screensaver is now working!

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According to a number of sources there are continuing issues with Catalina. They recommend NOT to upgrade at the current time. The frequent updates to Catalina show that Apple made some poor decisions/programming errors.

 

I have a number of 32 bit apps and widgets that I am loath to lose and only 64 bit apps will work. so I'm sticking with Mojave for the meantime.

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