iTunes Artist Photos
The iTunes API doesn't provide a way to grab artist images, but the iTunes website uses Open Graph meta tags, which embeds a
meta tag with a
property attribute value set to
og:image. As it turns out, this seems to be the same image used in the iTunes artwork.
The URL structure is similar to the
artworkUrl values returned by the API, but what concerns us here is the part I've indicated at the end of the URL.
http://is3.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Music7/v4/68/68/41/68684190-833b-bfb4-5018-e5a2e6f69eb0/source/1200x630bf.jpg └─ widthxheight
The maximum image dimensions seems to be 10,000px by 10,000px. We can simply replace
1200x630bf.jpg with the dimensions we want.
var x = document.querySelector('meta[property="og:image"]').getAttribute("content"); var image = x.substring(0, x.lastIndexOf("/") + 1) + "10000x10000-999.jpg"; window.location = image;
-999 at the end, which denotes that we want the highest quality image.
For example, consider Taylor Swift
Running the above gives the following page:
What's nice about this is that this method can be used to grab any images (including album art, TV show pictures, movie pictures, iBook covers, etc), since they all use the
og:image Open Graph
meta value. I don't use iTunes as my daily media player, but this should be the same as the iTunes artwork for all the media types.
You can even cobble together a bash script to download the image files you need (it might be easier to run a headless browser, like a CapserJS module, or at least something that can parse DOM).
url=https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/taylor-swift/id159260351 img=$(curl $url | grep -Eo "<meta content=\"[a-zA-Z0-9 :\/\.\-]+.jpg\" property=\"og:image\" \/>" | grep -Eo "http(s)?://[a-zA-Z0-9:\/\.\-]+.jpg") wget $img
You can combine this with the API and search for an artist, grab their
artistId, navigate to their artist page (which is just your country's base iTunes url with
/artist/id and then the
artistId). From here, you can then grab their artist and album art photos.
For most operations (other than getting the Artist Photo), you can just use Ben Dodson's iTunes Artwork Finder, which works by leveraging the iTunes Search API.