How to Set iTunes Song Information Manually on Your MacBook - dummies

How to Set iTunes Song Information Manually on Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

If iTunes can’t find your CD in the database or you have an MP3 with incomplete information, you can change the information on your MacBook yourself — you probably want at least the artist and song name, as well as the genre! To view and change the information for a song, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the song in either the Library’s Music category or a playlist.

  2. Press cmd+I or choose File→Get Info.

  3. Edit the song’s information under the Info tab.


Keep in mind that the more work you put into setting the information of the songs in your Library, the easier it is to browse and use iTunes. Incomplete song information can make it more difficult to find your songs in a hurry. If you prefer, you don’t have to set all the information about a song.

Normally, you can get away with setting only a song’s title, artist, and genre. The more information you put in, however, the faster you can locate songs and the easier they are to arrange. iTunes tries to help by automatically retrieving known song information, but sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and do a little work.

What about cover art? iTunes can try to locate artwork automatically for the tracks you select. (Note that adding large images can significantly increase the size of the song file.) Follow these steps to locate cover art:

  1. Select the desired songs from the track list.

  2. Choose Advanced→Get Album Artwork.

You can set iTunes to automatically attempt the addition of album artwork every time you rip tracks from an audio CD or when you add songs without artwork to your Music Library. Click iTunes and choose Preferences; then click the Store button and select the Automatically Download Missing Album Artwork check box to enable it.

Want to manually add album covers to your song info? If you select just one song in the track list, you can display the Info dialog and then click the Artwork tab. If you select multiple songs from the same album, first display the Info dialog. Now launch Safari, visit, and do a search on the same album (or search an online artwork library, such as

Drag the cover image from the web page right into the Info dialog, and drop it on top of the “sunken square” artwork image well. When you click OK, the image appears in the Summary pane, and you can display it while your music is playing by pressing cmd+G or by clicking the Show or Hide Song Artwork button at the lower left of the iTunes window.

By the way, if you buy tracks or an album from the iTunes Store, Apple always automatically includes album covers.