This web site started with my personal collection of album artwork. The great majority of what I firsted posted here was been scanned from CD inserts from my own CD collection, with an occasional LP sleeve scan thrown in. Some of those images started with online sources like Amazon.com and the iTunes Store, which I subsequently edited to improve image quality.
I'm fussy about album artwork. It's easy to find a lot of the same artwork found here elsewhere online, but often the quality is terrible: Small low-resolution images, heavily compressed with lots of visible JPEG artifacts. Bad colors and poor contrast. Excessive cropping. Heavy-handed artificial sharpness. Dust specs, scratches, creases, and scuffs. Crooked, misaligned scans. Scans where it looks someone didn't even take the trouble to pull a CD insert out of its jewel case, or didn't even bother to remove shrink wrap from a CD, before slapping the artwork onto a scanner.
This collection, which has now grown well beyond my initial personal collection, aims to do better. Much better.
The artwork found here, once only a small and quirky collection based on my personal tastes in music, is now far more varied, but still, the collection is hardly comprehensive. Hopefully as time goes on, and more people join the web site and post their own images, the variety of what can be found here will improve.
This artwork is provided for others who, like me, enjoy not only listening to music, but seeing the artwork which goes along with that music at the same time. I'm providing these images to help legitimate owners of the associated music, not to help music pirates. If you like the music you're listening to, you should pay for it before worrying about dressing it up with pretty pictures.
Disclaimer / LEGAL NOTICE: Images and all other content found here are the property of Album Art Exchange and the original copyright holder(s). Access to these images is contingent upon your agreement to limit their use to that of your own PERSONAL, PRIVATE and Non-Commercial usage. This also means that you agree may not post these images online or otherwise disctribute these images ANYWHERE else. For the most part, users of this web site have done scanning and editing of the images found here under agreements with the music labels and under the "Fair Use" provision of U.S. Copyright law, original sources for these images typically do not belong to the users who have posted here — copyrights belong to the appropriate record labels and artists. Should any copyright owner object to their album artwork being made available on this web site, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know which images you wish to have us remove your particular image(s).
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