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    Default Apple Asking Internet Radio Stations to Provide Cover Art for Future Use


    As it prepares to rollout iTunes Radio, Apple has started to send out emails to owners of Internet radio stations asking that they provide cover art – a move which suggests the streams will soon be available as part of the upcoming service. Originally reported first by the folks over at MacRumors, the emails require a fairly large 1,400 by 1,400 pixel JPEG or PNG image file, which is expected to be added to a station’s iTunes Radio page. Existing Internet radio streams aren’t currently supported in the iOS 7 version of iTunes Radio.

    Apple’s email mentioned the following:

    Dear Internet Radio Provider,

    Cover Art

    The iTunes Store now requires cover art for Internet Radio stations. The cover art files must be 1400 x 1400 pixels in JPG or PNG format using RGB color space. The image URL must end in ".jpg", ".jpeg" or ".png". To add cover art to your station, send an email to [email protected] including your contact name, station name and cover art file.

    Cover art should avoid pixelation. Any text should be legible at reduced image sizes on small devices. Note that Internet Radio cover art is not currently displayed.

    Questions about iTunes Radio?

    Check out iTunes Radio here.

    Regards,

    The iTunes Internet Radio Team
    Although Apple’s iTunes Radio is said to offer automatically generated playlists based on specific songs, genres, artists and more, it appears that the company is looking to add true Internet radio streams to the upcoming service. In the existing iTunes app for OS X, Internet radio stations are kept in a tab in a user’s music library. The new cover art suggests that Apple may roll the radio streams into iTunes Radio when the feature launches on iOS and OS X this fall.

    Source: Apple via MacRumors

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    Glad they are going to use cover art!

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