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The 6 Best Sites to Download High-Quality CD Cover Art

Ben Stegner Updated 02-12-2019

Music streaming services automatically display album art, but you’re on your own with local music collections. Besides being cool to look at, having proper CD covers help you easily identify tracks and make your collection feel complete.

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Below, we round up some of the best sites to download high-quality CD album cover art. You can use them to perfect your MP3 collection or just collect your favorite CD cover designs.

1. Album Art Exchange

Album Art Exchange

Album Art Exchange is a site wholly devoted to high-quality images of album covers, making it a great resource for anyone interested in album art.

On its About page, the founder mentions that he started the site because so much of the CD cover art online was of terrible quality. These images are often plagued with JPEG compression, poor contrast, scratches, and even scans where someone didn’t bother to take the CD insert out of the case.

As a result, you’ll find excellent album cover images here for over 500,000 albums. Just search for a specific album (or an artist) to find what you’re looking for. Each one displays the image size, dimensions, and user rating, so you can pick the best one for your needs.

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Click the Advanced button on the search page to change sorting options. You can also use the Change Layout option at the top to display more albums per page.

If you’re not logged in, you’ll see a watermark on your downloads. Register for a free account using the button at the top-right first to get unmarked images.

2. Discogs

Discogs Album Page

Discogs is one of the go-to resources for music data online. It’s a huge database that collects information about artists, albums, record companies, and much more. It’s no surprise, then, that Discogs collects album art images as well.

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Get started by searching for your chosen album or artist using the box at the top. After you select an album, you’ll see the chosen image for it at the top-left of the page. Select More images to see other pictures related to that album, such as the CD’s back cover, inserts, special editions, and regional variants.

Overall, the images on Discogs aren’t as high-quality as Album Art Exchange. However, the site has images for singles, compilations, and rarities as well. If you’re interested in those as well as images aside from the main album art, there’s something here for you.

3. MusicBrainz

MusicBrainz Screenshot

Discogs has a lot of information, but MusicBrainz might surpass it. It’s like an IMDb for music, as it allows you to see every place that a song has appeared, track music by tags and categories, find a band’s internet presence, and much more. We listed it in our roundup of the best websites for audiophiles The Internet Music Guide for the Audiophile We have uncovered the biggest sites for music fans in several categories. Whether you want to buy an album, stream songs, discover new music, or just learn more, these sites have it all. Read More .

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This information can be overwhelming at first, but finding album art with MusicBrainz is pretty straightforward. Search for an artist or album name using the bar at the top-right and you’ll see plenty of results for it. Select the album you’re looking for, and it will likely bring up several versions from different regions of the world.

You can select a regional release if you like, but this typically isn’t necessary. Instead, you can access a high-quality version of the cover art on the right side of the root album page.

4. Amazon

Amazon Album Art

The above sites should take care of CD cover art needs most of the time. But in case you’re looking for something more accessible or can’t find what you want on them, you do have other options.

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One of the best is right under your nose. Amazon sells tons of music, and typically features high-quality artwork on each album page. Simply search for the album that you’re looking for and you can access its art easily. You’ll need to right-click and choose Open image in new tab for a copy of the image that’s available to save.

However, there’s a little trick to making sure that you get the highest-quality image when doing this.

Make sure to select the Streaming or MP3 formats from the list, as they provide the highest-quality images. When you open the album art in a new tab, you’ll get a URL like this:

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/91isTuBpKXL._SS500_.jpg

The SS500 part of the link means that it displays the album artwork at 500×500 pixels, which is good but not great. If you change the value after SS, you can adjust the image resolution, in pixels. For example, replace SS500 with SS1400 to get this link, which displays a 1400×1400 image:

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/91isTuBpKXL._SS1400_.jpg

We tested a few albums and found that around 1425 is the highest you can go before adding a white box around the image. This may differ per album, so give it a try to find the highest-quality version possible.

5. Google Images

Google Images Album Art

Still can’t find the CD cover art you’re looking for? Try turning to the world’s largest image search platform. Chances are that you can find the art for pretty much anything, since Google Images searches the whole web.

You’ll have to be a bit particular when looking on Google Images, as you’re likely to find poor-quality images. You may want to set the Size option under Tools to Large to avoid tiny versions of the files.

Google Images may find the photos from the above sites, so it’s up to you which search interface you prefer.

6. Desktop Music Tools

If you only want to grab a few album covers, the above methods work well. But they’re too slow for downloading dozens or hundreds of CD covers for your collection. When you need to add art to a lot of tracks, you should use a desktop tool dedicated to the task.

One of the best tools for this is MP3tag, which makes it easy to edit music metadata, including album art. See our full guide to MP3tag Why MP3tag Is the Only Music Tag Editor You'll Ever Need MP3tag is a music tag editor that lets you import, convert, and do more with tags. Here's an overview on how to use MP3tag. Read More for how to use it.

There are plenty of other choices for CD cover downloads, though. Have a look at MusicBrainz Picard or Album Art Downloader if MP3tag doesn’t do the job for you.

It’s Easy to Find Quality CD Album Covers

This list of resources makes it easy to find CD cover art for any song in your collection. Whether you’re looking to add proper art for a rare release or just want to find high-quality versions of your favorite album art, these sites will deliver what you need.

For more like this, take a look at how to design artwork for your Spotify playlists How to Create the Perfect Artwork for Your Spotify Playlists Compiling Spotify playlists is great fun. Here's how to create the perfect artwork for your playlists. Read More .

Related topics: Metadata, Music Album, Music Management.

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  1. Perfesser Bear
    July 22, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Album Art Exchange No Longer Available? You should probably check your facts before publishing a notice like that. I just checked and as Mark Twain once told a reporter, "The report of my death is an exaggeration."

    • Ben Stegner
      July 22, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      Sorry about this; we have a team that fixes broken links, and sometimes existing URLs are incorrectly marked as broken even though the site is still alive. I've fixed this.

  2. LS
    July 18, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Another good source is Fanart.tv which includes movies and TV as well.

  3. Scott Robb
    July 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    AlbumArtExchange is **STILL AVAILABLE** and has been in continuous operation for almost 13 years.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 22, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out; this was a mistake and I've updated it with the working link.

  4. MC
    May 6, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Likewise was registered and active on AlbumArtExchange but got banned because I sell things on Discogs. Their claim is that I could potentially use their art for selling items there. A few problems with that, firstly, I've never used any of their images on Discogs—what AAE fails to understand is that the vast majority of releases on Discogs already have images in place so when we go to sell items the photos already there represent what you're selling, you rarely if ever need to add images. Secondly AAE's images wouldn't be allowed on Discogs—which stipulates "Images of physical items must be taken by you and cannot be sourced from other websites or third party sources."

    So be forewarned that you will be dealing with an illogical pseudo-powertrip to access AlbumArtExchange (yes contacted them and yes explained Discogs policy but as the other commenter mentioned they live in a world of potential misuse and are acting on it—no "innocent until proven guilty" here).

  5. Nobruca
    December 3, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    I was a registered and active user of AlbumArtExchange until they BANNED all IP's from Brazil years ago due to SPAM (so they say). Banning an entire country due to a few SOB users was one of the stupidest things I've seen on the internet.

    • Scott
      December 5, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Not just Spam but people using artwork licensed to us for commercial purposes, posting it elsewhere and also, trying to start their own sites with our work. Since there is no such thing as static IP addresses, our ONLY OPTION was to ban the country in its entirety. Sorry but yeah, it only takes a few SOBs...