So i recently noticed, that Apple Music’s cover artwork is moving. You might have already noticed that. I tried to search the MB forum for this new development, but couldn’t find a discussion. So i used a lot of synonyms in the topic name to be able to be found again. Below are three examples.
Since i am not familiar with web coding i do not know if it is possible to save these moving images and i do not know in which format they appear. But i sure would be in favor of reflecting these on MB.
Is it possible by law?
Is it possible to copy these moving Apple Music thumbnails or larger versions?
Can the MB Database reflect these images?
Does MB want to display these artworks?
(the Lorde one needed to load a bit, maybe that differs)
I only see them if I open up a release on my iPhone in the Music app. Looking at them on my laptop, they are always stationary. Tidal does this too now on some releases, but they are actually videos, which we can not upload currently as artwork.
a very late reply, but it seems the animated covers have now been added in-browser! i just don’t know how we’d retrieve them, because clicking “open image in new tab” just leads to the regular album cover.
Last year, I’ve created a small userscript to extract these videos (in the highest possible quality), it adds download links on each Apple Music page with animated cover art for “HD” (1080x1080, H.264 video codec) and “4K” (2160x2160, H.265 video codec, has little/no(?) browser support) downloads:
It has two minor issues (because Apple Music is a single page app) which haven’t been fixed yet (as I don’t know how to do it without wasting more time to research them):
It only works on page load, but not after you navigate the Apple Music website. Currently it requires a page reload to inject the links again for another release.
You can’t simply click the links, you have to open them in a new tab or directly download via “save link as…” because the app intercepts external links.
i think you’re referring to canvases? i don’t know if this is good for musicbrainz though, because the artist can change it in their app very easily at any time. it’s used for promotion a lot. pop artists like to add it to every song in their discography so that anyone who listens to them will see “new song out now” or something in the now playing screen.
for example, on taylor swift’s birthday, she changed all of her songs to display confetti, but then changed it again a few days later.
I don’t think that’s what I was referring to. The animation I had in mind only appears when playing a track from that particular album.
Unless Spotify allows artists to use a canvas on one album at a time or something…
Apple nowadays provides two version, square and portrait format.
But here comes the twist. File format is MP4 (what else) but videos are published as Apple’s HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) streams. Which is also expected, since they want the quality and size of the video to be adaptive to screen size and bandwidth of the user. But they used it for a tiny trick too. It seems Apple wanted to protect themselves from simple video file ripping. If one simply downloads the the MP4 file referenced in HLS files, a good eye will note video “jumps” and “skipping”, while the browser shows perfect endless loop. It’s because the HLS instructs browser to read parts of the video file in a special order to form the correct video
I’ve written a script which fixes the video files.