Apple Music uses moving images as artwork/cover art/release art. Can we adopt?

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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.
Questions appear:

  • 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)


None moves for me (Firefox for Android 68.11.0).

ok maybe it’s not working in your environment. i have Firefox 91.0.

news from 2020-12: Apple Music adding animated album artwork with iOS 14.3 and macOS Big Sur 11.1 - 9to5Mac

edit: i do not use an apple account and i am not logged in

I made a thread on this a few months ago. I think the answer was that CAA needs to adopt .webm for this to work.


Which would be a pretty huge undertaking, as working on videos (which these “animated pictures” are) is a lot more complicated than simply processing static picture files.

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.

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I haven’t seen something like this before, but it’s html5 trickery. If you download the image, it will not move at all. Integration of webp would be great, but it will not help in this case.

It’s a video element that’s manually taken out of the regular document flow using pointer-events: none. For example, the video for the first link is at this url.


Tidal also have videos on some releases…