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Many people have had issues with album artwork disappearing after updating to Catalina or Big Sur. The new location where artwork is stored is now ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.APMArtworkAgent/Data/Documents

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That doesn’t help. The format of the files is different, so you can’t just copy over the old files. For most people, all the artwork displayed after a few days. I don’t know why it take so long, but that seems to of been the case for everyone I’ve been in touch with who had problems.

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

Author of Take Control of macOS Media Apps

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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What happens with albums for which Apple Music cannot find artwork? 

 

I have many albums that I had to obtain artwork from (for example) Google images or by scanning the CD insert. There are a lot of albums that fall into this category e.g. older classical or jazz albums, fan club CDs, one-off concert releases, remasterings etc.

 

I didn't upgrade from Mojave (10.14.5) to Catalina because I didn't want to lose all this. 

 

 

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If the artwork is embedded in your files - you added artwork to them - it won't be lost. There have been some issues with people's artwork not displaying, and,, in most cases, it does display after a few days. Worst case, the artwork is still in the files, and if you remove it and re-add it, it displays. 

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

Author of Take Control of macOS Media Apps

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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