New on AllMusic: Back Covers

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Now on AllMusic we're offering a way to view back covers for albums and releases whenever we have them available.

If we have a back cover in our system, we'll display an icon in the lower right corner of the album image, indicating that a back cover is viewable: 



Hovering over the back cover will show a zoomed-in view, to be able to see all of those tiny credits and details. Not all albums or releases have back covers scans, and some may be too small to display in a way that makes sense, but if we've got 'em, we'll show 'em.

Check out our post on AllMusic for more information and to see some of our favorites:
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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Randy Carlson

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Instead of focusing on back covers can you tell me why all Columbia/CBS albums have removed their front covers?
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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Hi Randy,
We recently received this message from our data provider:

We would like to update you on a change in the Rovi Music metadata products effective July 1, 2016. 

Rovi has had a longstanding arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment (SME). This contract is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2016 and we have been unable to come to terms with SME on an agreement. Under the terms of your Rovi license agreement, if Rovi is not able to secure rights to distribute certain content, we cannot distribute this content to you. Therefore, effective July 1, 2016 all SME album cover art and 30-second music clips will no longer be part of the Rovi Music metadata products. 

We're working with Sony Music Entertainment now in an effort to side-step Rovi's limitations so that we can provide these covers on AllMusic.
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jason andrews

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How come the back covers aren't showing any  more. Now only a broken page is shown? I loved the back cover feature because it gives a lot of good information.
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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Sounds like our data provider had a bad server in their image pool. It should be resolved now. Take a look!
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jason andrews

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Great, fantastic!! Now all you guys need to do is add PayPal and I'm in for good.
Thank you.