A few Computer Audiophile readers have frustratingly stumbled upon the iTunes 24 bit AIFF Album Art issue. Fortunately most of the readers don’t even know about the issue. All the details have yet to be fleshed out as there is no official written document from Apple mentioning the issue. Here is what I know at the time of this writing. Every version of iTunes subsequent to 7.62 will not support album art with new 24 bit AIFF files. iTunes version 7.62 fully supports album art with new 24 bit AIFF files. The issue is certainly not new but as more high resolution downloads become available the issue will become more prominent.
Those of you who follow my frequent Twitter updates (hint: left side of this page) know that I've been researching the iTunes 24-bit AIFF album art issue. In fact I talked to Apple about it for an hour yesterday. The first 45 minutes were either spent on hold or explaining exactly what the problem was over and over again. After three trips to seek help the initial Apple representative passed me on to someone who at least understood the issue and reproduced it himself while I was on the phone. This Apple rep would neither confirm nor deny that Apple removed the functionality in iTunes versions newer than 7.62. The only official statement I could get out of him was this - Adding album art to new 24 bit AIFF files does not work in iTunes currently and it did work up until version 7.62. At least we Apple's confirmation that the "problem" exists. The only thing the Apple rep would do for me was notify an engineer that this feature is in demand by those of us who use 24 bit AIFF files. He also recommended that I complete the feedback form that goes directly to the Apple engineers (I seriously doubt that). So, I'll take this one step further and encourage all the Computer Audiophile readers to participate in this feedback opportunity. If you want this feature in iTunes please visit http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html .
I am actively researching work-arounds to this annoying issue. If anyone wants to help out the fellow readers here please post a comment about what works and what does not work. I converted a 24/96 FLAC file fromHDTracks to 24/96 AIFF using Max and xACT . Neither file would accept album art once imported into iTunes. I do know if you already have a version of a specific album in your library with album art, the 24 bit AIFF files will pick up and display that art automatically.
I hope we can convince Apple to bring this feature back to iTunes and in the meantime maybe we can develop a solid work-around.
Another discussions of this issue: http://discussions.apple.com/thread....sageID=7795110