Album Cover Finder allows you to search for cover artwork, album reviews, and track listings. Add artwork to your enitre iTunes music library in one step. Sync with iTunes to automatically find artwork and more for the currently playing song as the Artist's Catalog page finds up to 36 other album covers from the same artist. Remote view adds a floating window to the desktop that displays artwork, information for the song currently playing, and simple remote controls for iTunes. Regional Searching for USA, UK, Japan, Germany, France, and Canada helps find more Album Covers.
An album cover is the front of the packaging of a commercially-released audio recording product, or album. The term can refer to either the printed cardboard covers typically used to package sets of 10 and 12 78 rpm records, single and sets of 12 LPs, sets of 45 rpm records (either in several connected sleeves or a box), or the front-facing panel of a CD package, and, increasingly, the primary image accompanying a digital download of the album, or of its individual tracks.
Beginning in the 1920s, bound collections of empty sleeves with a plain paperboard or leather cover, similar to a photograph album, were sold as record albums that customers could use to store their records (the name record album was printed on some covers). These empty albums were sold in both 10 and 12 sizes. The covers of these bound books were wider and taller than the records inside, allowing the record album to be placed on a shelf upright, like a book, suspending the fragile records above the shelf and protecting them.
In 1938, Columbia records hired Alex Steinweiss as its first art director. He is credited with inventing the concept of album covers and cover art, replacing plain covers used before. After his initial efforts at Columbia, other record companies followed his lead. By the late 1940s, record albums for all the major companies featured their own colorful paper covers in both 10-inch and 12-inch sizes. Some featured reproductions of classic art while others utilized original designs.