Main photos from Apple Music database

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My suggestion is to make available the photos of the artists (main pics) direct from the database of Apple Music. Besides being recent photos, they are beautiful and with quality. and avoid bots and spam accounts to down photos. See examples from the pages of Madonna and Megadeth, for example, users vote negatively on the photos just to flood and hurt other users, as well as the artist's own image.
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The difficulty with this would be that Apple Music's database isn't free to collect photos from. Artist images are typically under copyright, and while for press photos the copyright for their use is often waived (to some extent, so publications and websites and so on can use them freely), it can't be taken for granted for importing images en masse. The same goes for any database - and it's also why Last.fm asks you to not uploading anything you "do not own or are fully licensed to upload" on the image page.

Also, another thing to note is that, back in the day, Last.fm allowed artists and their represenatives here to upload an image of their choice. Users here hated that: We ended up with really outdated, low-quality photos for some major artists, which the userbase couldn't vote down to remove. So just using the images that Apple Music, or any other service, chooses likely wouldn't go down much better.

There are some active suggestions to reform the image voting system, by the way, including this one. :)
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...back in the day, Last.fm allowed artists and their represenatives here to upload an image of their choice. Users here hated that: We ended up with really outdated, low-quality photos for some major artists, which the userbase couldn't vote down to remove. So just using the images that Apple Music, or any other service, chooses likely wouldn't go down much better.
Exactly this.

Last FM voting may be slightly flawed but at least it is an interactive and democratic system. I remember the annoyance of finding an artist who had chosen their main image and your suggestion would create a similar set-up. Thankfully, this appears to be a thing of the past.

Aside from the points Katy makes, I would ask how often Apple Music actually changes the images. Furthermore, Apple Music wouldn't be much use for artists whose work isn't on their database, such as more obscure acts.
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He's dead, Jim!

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Not to mention the problem with several artists using the same name.
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And even Apple Music does not have artist pics for every artist!