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Enable continuous music playback in iTunes2 Apps
mp3s are great for compressing your music collection, but sometimes you'd like to listen to a live CD the whole way through (e.g. Nirvana Unplugged, or some classical album). Before iTunes2, listening to consecutive songs always had annoying interruptions of silence between songs (as the computer loads the next MP3 into ram and begins decoding). Lucky for us, Apple's engineers have a solution to this problem: just use iTunes2 to set the crossfade playback to 0 seconds. You can't just turn crossfading off, you must enable crossfading, and then set the slider to 0 seconds. It works great!

To set this, select Preferences -> Effects -> Crossfade Playback, and move the slider to "0".
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Not quite a 100% solution
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 16, '02 08:59:32AM

Works very well, but isn't perfect. You can still hear a slight pop w/continuous mix tracks-- Dark Side of the Moon or various ambient stuff.

The problem is within the MP3 format itself. It simply *does* *not* support seamless playback between two tracks in the same fashion as AIFF.

(Note that since this was written, VBR has become viable and preferable when using a good quality encoder. The decoder still needs to perform extremely well to be able to play back VBR without aliasing.)

If you are happy with the way it works, then don't worry about it...

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Setting Per Playlist
Authored by: rbest on Jan 16, '02 09:57:55PM

I just wish you could set this on a per playlist rather than universal.
I LIKE cross fading except on those playlists that don't sound good with it ( Les Miserables is a good example)

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No solution at all
Authored by: paulio on Jan 17, '02 03:04:17AM

Setting crossfading to zero still leaves a very short gap between songs.

This problem especially annoying when listening to techno or house, where songs must not only play without a break in between, but they must also sync up exactly so that the beat of the first song continues unterrupted into the next. Techno DJs spend years practicing the art of how to make the beats match up, so that it's difficult to notice where one song starts and another on ends.

Turning off crossfade (or setting it to zero) still leaves a jarring gap of silence between the songs. Turning on crossfade causes the end of one song to overlap the beginning of the next, making the beats skip. If you listen to rock or jazz then you probably can't even hear the gap or the skipped beats, no matter what the settings.

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No solution at all
Authored by: quentinsf on Jan 17, '02 02:27:53PM
This problem especially annoying when listening to techno or house

Mmm. Apple engineers probably only listen to real music!

(Only kidding. And showing my age.)

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the solution for DJing is not iTunes
Authored by: garbanzito on Jan 18, '02 08:53:14PM
if you want to be a DJ, you need Audion. you can mix 2+ tunes, and beat-match them.

if you have Toast Deluxe, i think Audion should be on the CD, otherwise try Panic

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Not Audion either
Authored by: paulio on Jan 21, '02 12:37:32PM

Sorry, but Audion has the same problem only worse. The gap between songs is much longer than the gaps that iTunes has.

And no, I'm not a DJ nor do I want to be one. I just want to listen to MP3s without gaps between them.

Maybe you listen only to rock and roll so you don't understand the problem. Ok. Get Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here. Listen to the CD on a regular CD player. Note that the tracks run together such that you do not notice the end of one track and the beginning of the next.

Create MP3s from the entire CD. An individual MP3 will be created for each track. Play the tracks in order using iTunes. Be sure that crossfading in turned OFF under iTunes | Preferences | Effects. Listen to the gaps between tracks.

Turning crossfading on is not an option as it only masks the gaps by making tracks overlap in time. The overlap causing the beats in the songs to skip. This happens with dance, techno, and house. I can't think of an example on a rock CD.

This does not seem to be the right place to discuss this issue. I'm going to continue this discussion in the new forums.

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No solution at all
Authored by: joestalin on Jun 23, '03 03:06:29PM

Ask the DJ is a brilliant little beat-matching app. It's a bit of a one-trick pony, but it does that trick really well--calculates bpm, switches tracks on the beat, and can skip intros/outros

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