Tutorial: Modifying the Default iPhone/iPod Touch Album Artwork

Another simple thing I haven’t been able to find tutorials on.

Ah well, if you want something done right, do it yourself.

Fortunately, as with iPhone OS’s desktop counterpart, just about anything is easily changed.

This can probably be done in Winterboard, but if it can’t/the theme you’re using doesn’t do it, here’s how to change the default album artwork on an iPhone or iPod Touch (assuming it would work on the Touch, my sister has my old one now).

This was tested on my iPhone 3GS running iPhone OS 3.1.


1. A jailbroken device.

2. iFile.

3. VSFTPd, correctly installed and configured.

4. An FTP client on your desktop computer.

5. The common sense to backup your files first. Seriously. I’m not joking. If you screw something up, I’m not responsible.

6. A 320×320 PNG image.

Now, why would you want to do this?

If you’re like me and have a huge (in my case, well over 20GB and 10000 songs) music collection, almost all of it obtained from various sources around the internet, almost none of it will have album artwork. So instead of staring at the bland music note icon, give yourself something else to stare at (I take no credit for the graphic used in this demonstration; I didn’t make it and I can’t remember who did).

1. Using iFile, navigate to /Applications/MobileMusicPlayer.app/

2. Rename noartplaceholder.png to something else. DO NOT delete it.

3. Rename the 320×320 PNG image on your desktop computer to noartplaceholder.png

4. Using an FTP client, upload the image to /Applications/MobileMusicPlayer.app/ on your device.

5, Reboot or respring your device.

Obviously, to restore the original image, delete the modified one and name the original one that you backed up back to noartplaceholder.png





In theory, any graphical element of iPhone OS (or the desktop version of OSX) can be replaced by this method. Due to this, this is probably the last tutorial I’ll write on replacing graphics in either. Or perhaps not. If I find something truly notable, I’ll gladly write up a new one.

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