The iTunes/iPod Gap

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Jeff Carlson -- Managing Editor of TidBits and author of Peachpit Press' iChat AV 2: Visual Quickstart Guide and iMovie 4 and iDVD 4 Visual Quickstart Guide -- forwarded a message from Peter Wesly, who was concerned about the gaps that play between tracks in iTunes. His concern (and annoyance) stems from the fact that pieces of classical music that are normally joined on a CD, are interrupted by a moment of silence when played in iTunes and on an iPod. Is there anything to be done?

I regret to say, not much, unless you want your recordings to be comprised of a long, single file. These gaps are a function of the formats in which the files are saved. To create gapless recordings you must do so when you rip an audio CD. To do this, select two or more adjacent tracks in the list of tracks on the CD, and choose Join CD Tracks from iTunes' Advanced menu. The selected tracks will be ripped as a single, gapless track.

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