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I already tried eyeD3, but that doesn't work for m4a files, and If I convert the m4a to mp3 format, I lose the image.

What other choice do I have?

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If you're referring to Apple's music files, I can drag the artwork from iTunes onto my Mac desktop. – Kyle Jones Nov 1 '12 at 4:26
@KyleJones I don't have a Mac hmm – warl0ck Nov 1 '12 at 4:29
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You can do this with mp4art, part of the mp4v2 project. On Ubuntu, you can find it in the mp4v2-utils package.

mp4art --extract mysong.m4a

should extract the covr-box. See the docs for more details.

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