Seems like it wasn’t all that long ago that we were reporting on Apple’s most recent requirement change to the iTunes specifications for album artwork. Last time, iTunes set the spec to 1400x1400px minimum with a maximum of 2048x2048px. Apple has upped their artwork requirements once again, as now the official iTunes Making a Podcast page states:
Create your cover art, which must be in the JPEG or PNG file formats and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels.
Overall, it’s not a huge change from the previous spec. But it’s been less than a year since Apple increased it the last time, which is one of the shortest periods ever between changes in the iTunes album artwork specification. Is it possible that Apple didn’t like the way the previous spec was looking on Retina Display devices? Or does the technology company have something new in the works that will really take advantage of these extra pixels?
Your guess is as good as mine. In the meantime, be sure to get all of your artwork updated to these new specifications.
Tip of the hat to IAIB who broke this news earlier today.