Help create the new Album Art Exchange!

Over the past seven years, has been the best source for album cover art in the world. Due to the efforts of our contributors who have posted high quality scans and digital images and the generous contributiions of our users, the AAX gallery has grown to over 300,000 images.


Due to increased interest in the gallery and changing technologies, it is now time for an upgrade. The site will soon undergo and redesign that will make it faster, more reliable, and better than ever. However, we need your help to get there.

Like many community-based websites, AAX relies on donations to keep it going strong. The redesign is estimated to cost around $10,000. That will pay for the programming and user interface improvements that many users have been asking for over the past few years.

Please use the Paypal button below to contribute as much as you see fit. If you’re a regular user of the site, this is your opportunity to pay it forward and ensure that it will be up and running for years to come. We’ll keep you updated on meeting our goal of $10,000.




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300,000th album cover uploaded to the Album Art Exchange gallery

The 300,000th album cover was uploaded to the AAX gallery yesterday. The milestone took place at 2:57 p.m. PDT when AAX contributor retrogroove_art posted a scan of the 1981 LP Physical by Olivia Newton-John.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed high quality album cover art to the gallery. You have helped make Album Art Exchange the best source for album art on the Internet.

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Album Art Exchange gallery reaches 225,000 covers

Today, the Album Art Exchange gallery reached 225,000 image uploads. The milestone album cover is Anastasis, the forthcoming album from Dead Can Dance. (The album is scheduled for release on August 14 and is currently being streamed on the band’s website.)

Thank you to all of the AAX contributors for making close to a quarter million high quality album cover images available through the gallery. The gallery is now home to tens of thousands of rare and noteworthy album cover images that can’t be found anywhere else online.

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And the 200,000th cover is…

The 200,000th album cover was uploaded to the Album Art Exchange gallery today. It was uploaded by prolific AAX user and expert album cover restorer Da Guy. I have posted his notes for the image below. I suppose that it is an appropriate album cover to toast the occasion.

1968 ATCO Records SD33-239 release scanned from the original 12″ vinyl LP cover art. The last album from The Fireballs with Jimmy Gilmer. “Bottle of Wine” reached number 9 on the Hot 100 chart before Gilmer left the group in 1969.

The Fireballs – Bottle of Wine (1968)

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Album Art Exchange gallery nears 200,000 mark

The Album Art Exchange gallery will soon reach an important milestone. Within the next few days, the number of high quality album cover images will reach 200,000. 

Unlike many other album art websites, Album Art Exchange does not give prizes or similar incentives to users in order to encourage uploads. The images are carefully screened for quality by volunteer moderators. 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the gallery over the last several years. This amazing number of album cover images would have been possible without you. The 200,000th cover will be featured here on the AAX blog.


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BlockScript on AAX gallery and contact information

I have received a couple of messages from AAX users regarding their IP addresses being blocked by BlockScript. Legitimate users of the site should contact the website administrator to have their specific IP addresses removed from the list of blocked IPs. Please use the email address provided below:

Keep in mind that the site is a hobbyist site and admins are not available 24/7. It could take several hours for your request to be addressed. Please include your IP address and your general location in the email.

BlockScript was recently added to the gallery due to an alarming increase in automated raiding of the site. This resulted in slowing of the site for legitimate users and theft of bandwidth. Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this issue.

AlbumArtExchange is a privately owned site that depends on revenue share from digital music sales and donations in order to remain in operation. If you are a regular user of the site, please consider making your music purchases through the links in the gallery and on the blog. Also, a PayPal donation button is located on the Forums.

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AAX gallery reaches 175,000 album covers!

At 7:30 AM today, the (AAX) gallery reached another important milestone. The 175,000th album cover was uploaded by AAX user aae. The cover is a composite recreation of the 1965 U.S. stereo LP cover for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home.

This cover is an excellent example of some of the special restoration work and composite recreations done by AAX users. This kind of quality work can’t be found on any other album art website.

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iTunes 10.4.1 update addresses artwork issues


I know that a number of AAX users expressed concern over problems adding album artwork in iTunes after a recent update. There is a Forum topic addressing this and hopefully Apple has now provided a fix. I just received a notice for an update to iTunes 10.4.1 that lists a resolution as part of the update. 

Here is the list of main fixes included in the update:

What’s new in iTunes 10.4.1

iTunes 10.4.1 provides a number of improvements, including:

  • Includes QuickTime 7.7
  • Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes
  • Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos
  • Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie

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Scam alert! Fee required to design album covers for major artists

warning.pngI just discovered a website that is asking a $5 to $15 fee for album cover design submissions. I will not post the link to this website. I do not want to publicize something that is obviously a scam. The website claims to be involved in projects for major recording artists.

No reputable design firm or record label asks graphic designers, photographers and illustrators to pay a fee in order to submit their work for consideration. That simply is not how the business works.

Over the years, I have known several art directors who work for design firms and record labels. Not a single one of them would use a service that exploits designers by charging them a fee. This is similar to the scams that charge aspiring models and actors for auditions and expensive portfolios.

On occasion, I have been contacted by young people who want advice on how to get work designing album covers. The truth is, there is not a single path to getting into that line of work. Of those various paths, none of them involve paying a fee.

There are many design firms that hire freelance artists. It takes time and effort to establish a relationship with these firms. However, they do not make graphic designers work for free and they certainly do not charge them for their submissions.

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