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CoverScout for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Music files without cover art can be annoying on a multimedia music player. Luckily, CoverScout for Mac allows the user to easily search the Internet for related cover art for their music files.

CoverScout for Mac allows you to locate missing cover art for music files on your hard drive. This program begins locating all of the music files on your hard drive immediately once installed. Depending on the number of music files on the hard drive, this file search could take a lot of time. Once the files have been found, the program automatically starts searching the Internet for possible matching cover art. You can choose which Web sites the program will search for the cover art. Once the program has located all of the possible pictures, you can easily scroll through and choose whichever photo you want. The program can easily print any of the pieces of cover art. The free download gives you a complete copy of the program, however a watermark is placed on each photo. The full version costs $29.95 for one license.

CoverScout for Mac is a great program for finding missing cover art for music files. This program seems to be geared for people who have many music files with missing cover art, but the demo version is not suitable for saving files.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of CoverScout for Mac 3.5.7.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Expensive add-on that duplicates functionality"

    October 12, 2010  |   By therealviking

    Version: CoverScout 3.3.1

    Pros

    Will do what iTunes already does without an account.

    Cons

    Price is a joke - no?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works great...when it doesn't crash"

    September 3, 2009  |   By Brad816

    Version: CoverScout 3.2.1

    Pros

    Does a good job of finding covers.

    Cons

    The program constantly crashes. I can only auto assign 5 or 6 albums at a time. If I try to work on more than 5 albums (to edit, assign, etc), the program will crash.

    Summary

    Has the potential to be a great product. I have a library of 600+ albums which needed covers. Easier than iTunes, but way more buggy. Crashes any time it has more than 5 things queued up. I have sent multiple reports to company, they are unable to come up with solution. For $40 I expect a program to work and work well without constant crashes. I felt like I was back on my Windows PC.

    Wish it worked well, needs better functionality for the price.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Update CoverScout 3.1"

    March 27, 2009  |   By marketing27

    Version: CoverScout 3.0.3

    Pros

    Whats new?

    Cons

    Whats new?

    Summary

    We've improved CoverScout! CoverScout 3.1 is now able to show album art that you've already downloaded from the iTunes Store and copy it to your music file. You also have the ability to directly ask SongGenie to identify a song if the title information is missing.

    <UL>
    <LI>NEW CoverScout copies cover art downloaded from the iTunes Store into the music file</LI>
    <LI>NEW Display cover art downloaded from the iTunes Store</LI>
    <LI>NEW Changes in song information can be applied for the whole album</LI>
    <LI>NEW Tracks with incomplete information can be assigned to SongGenie for identification</LI>
    <LI>NEW Tracks with typos and incorrect track information can be assigned to SongGenie for correction</LI>
    <LI>NEW Shows music tracks in SongGenie</LI>
    <LI>NEW Recognizes new music folders that have been added by SongGenie</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Better workflow by an improved user interface </LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Immediately shows changes on a music file made in other applications</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Ignores invisible files and folders</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Improved management of music archives on external hard drives </LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Improved management of music archives with complex hierarchy</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Extended App Preferences</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Bugfixed the error that prevented the ability to stream edited MP4 files</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Bugfixed the error not to display music tracks in deactivated music folders</LI>
    <LI>BOOSTED Bugfixed the error that displayed a track multiple times in one album</LI>
    </UL>

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  • 5.0 stars

    "CoverScout 3.0.3 Release"

    January 22, 2009  |   By marketing27

    Version: CoverScout 3.0.2

    Pros

    No Pros here

    Cons

    No Cons here

    Summary

    New in this Update:
    - Finally fixed a crash related to Wal-Mart and Google searches
    - Fixed a crash that could occur while scrolling quickly through albums while the search results are
    visible
    - Fixed a bug with Google searches which caused some images to be omitted from the results
    - Setting the maximum number of search results for a website to 25 works now

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  • 5.0 stars

    "new update available"

    January 12, 2009  |   By marketing27

    Version: CoverScout 3.0.1

    Pros

    nothing new, see Summary

    Cons

    nothing new, see Summary

    Summary

    New:

    - Improved stability when performing Wal-Mart or Google searches
    - Improved reading of song information
    - Fixed a problem which sometimes changed genre information to numbers
    - Now provides a quick way to find or delete missing tracks
    - Filter now supports search terms containing quotation marks
    - Fixed an issue with the iSight integration
    - The album list now shows covers instantly after they have been assigned
    - Cover Flow shows selected cover correctly after changing filter
    - Now updates the total number of albums in the filter pop-up menu after activating or deactivating music folders

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  • 1.0 stars

    "sooooo S - LL -- OOO --- WWWW!!"

    June 12, 2007  |   By veshman

    Version: CoverScout 2.3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I had previously bought 1.x, which worked pretty good as I recall, but not great. Decided to try out the latest version. It is SO SLOW that it is essentially unusable. Basically, it takes a long time to load the library. Then, after it makes changes to some files (which isn't too slow) it takes FOREVER again for the software to give you back control. It feels like the program is resorting the list again or something. I highly recommend you stay away from this one. In the middle of writing this review, I started using Curator, which is really good, even though it is only 1.0. If a couple of features could be added to that, it will be the best.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well for me"

    May 31, 2007  |   By robfol

    Version: CoverScout 2.3.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Normally finds pics on Amazon - if not the Google images search is brilliant - easy to use - also consolidated all images into the music files so they work on all players. Price OK and even better in a bundle

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Shameful"

    March 22, 2007  |   By dochogan

    Version: CoverScout 2.3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This program is complete rubbish. They seem to have totally dropped the ball since iTunes 7 came out. It fails to recognise albums that have covers from iTunes and can't seem to find covers for those albums that don't. I can't believe I wasted money on this when there are many free alternatives. Do yourself a favour and don't go near this piece of s***.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Shreded my MP3's"

    February 20, 2007  |   By MarqueMarc--2008

    Version: CoverScout 2.3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.

    Used the 2.3 version on PPC together with iTunes 7.0.2.

    Yes, it did its job. And with it, I was faster in finding covers than doing it manually.

    But it is very intollerant about slightly different writing on either the interpret or the album title. Use a + instead of an & - and this programm will not find anything anymore. It is even not possible to modify the search criterias - You would have to do this in iTunes.

    I also don't like that the iTunes-lib-files have to be in the music folder - working with different libs isn't easy anymore.

    But worst of all is the experience I had last weekend:
    I gave this programm a couple of jobs which are done in background so you can work further: Finding some covers, attaching covers to the files, deleting small covers, find new covers, attaching more. You must know that the programm has a job list for finding and one for attaching / removing, so I thought I even hurried to give the programm some new job to not let the queques get empty. After about 50 albums I wondered about one album only having 2 songs allthough I knew there had been more. I changed to iTunes to find hundreds of songs without any tags! They were listed only with filenames. Normally thats the time were you roll back the backup - but sadly I didn't had one because they were freshly ripped from my CD's. So I tried to separate them by their filenames - just to realise that they have also been mixed! None of the filenames were right anymore! When being astonished about this I realized that the songs didn't start right. A deeper check shows that even the length that iTunes shows was right, the songs were played from somewhere in the middle, then stop suddenly. I made a new iTunes-lib and imported the songs - nothing changed!
    The songs were chopped in a way I have never seen before


    My tips:
    Don't give this programm to many things to do at the same time, and wait for the jobs to be done.Let it search for covers.When finished, let the covers be attached.Then search for more again...
    And, of course, ALWAYS MAKE A BACKUP before using this program!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not worth the money"

    September 18, 2006  |   By paxilface

    Version: CoverScout 2.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I paid for this product,, and wished I didn't. Can't find alot of covers from Amazon, reduces sizes to blurs, and puts the wrong cover in my itunes library.
    Try something else. Best bet is to do it yourself manually or rely on Apples new
    cover finder.

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