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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4 Apps
If you are like me, then you have lots of CDs that are continuos mixes (trance, techno, ambient, other?). Before iTunes4, you could not really remove the split-second gap in-between tracks when you encoded a CD. This caused much annoyance when you listened to the CD.

But now, with iTunes4, you can remove the gap when you encode your CD by selecting all of the tracks then going to the Advanced Menu and selecting "Join CD Tracks." When selected, iTunes4 renames the first track to the name of the CD, and will play this track as the full disk of tracks you have joined together. If you start with a track that is not the first track, say number 5, it will only play that track then pause, then play track 6 like it usually does.

You cannot join tracks that you have already ripped. If you try this, you may also see that it could mess up your ID3 tags, but I have not had the time to figure this one out yet.

No clue how this works with an iPod, as I do not own one. But if someone does and wants to try this out and let me know, that would be lovely.

[robg adds: Showing my age, I think I only have one CD (Dark Side of the Moon) that may qualify as "continuous tracks," so I can't verify that this works as described ... but we've discussed the limitation before...]
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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: b3uk on Jun 23, '03 10:39:47AM

Yes this works perfectly on an iPod. I've been doing it for a while with my mix CDs, but I really wish that it would just play individual files seamlessly, even the crossfade playback setting in iTunes (set to 0 seconds) never ever works as described - there is always an audible jump or gap. Also, there are several limitations of this method, including no track names and no easy way of skipping tracks other than scrolling through and guessing where the next track might be :-( Apple, please please sort this out!

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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: wgscott on Jun 23, '03 11:19:21AM

I can also verify it works on an ipod, and yes pink floyd was the first application that popped into my head. But I have other CDs where the numbering is basically used as an index and the audio stream is supposed to be unbroken. This will really help, but I agree an apple "proper" fix will work better.

One thing that works almost as well is setting the fade in/out at the end to overlap.



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: igor on Jun 23, '03 11:46:15AM

This feature was in iTunes 3 as well. I use it when ripping Audio Books to make a single track that is one chapter.



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iTunes Help, anyone?
Authored by: DougAdams on Jun 23, '03 12:38:16PM

From iTunes help ("Adding songs from CDs to your library"):

"You can import songs from your CDs into your iTunes library. Imported songs are encoded and stored on your hard disk so you can listen to them without having the original CD...

If you want to remove the gap of silence that normally occurs between songs, select two or more adjacent songs and choose Advanced > Join CD Tracks.

iTunes imports any joined songs as one track. To change back to importing the songs separately, select the joined songs and choose Advanced > Unjoin CD Tracks."

Does the "Unjoin" info qualify as a "hint", too?

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iTunes Help, anyone?
Authored by: jimhill on Jun 23, '03 01:12:51PM

I love iTunes/iPods, don't get me wrong, but until I can successfully rip "Abbey Road" the way it was recorded, those items are incomplete.

And that's all I have to say about that.


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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: feste on Jun 23, '03 02:28:11PM

This really isn't new. More importantly, it doesn't only work if you start from the first track, as the OP says. You can join any adjacent tracks, and there will be no gap between any of them. Absolutely necessary, say, for a CD of Scottish fiddle tunes, in which each tune gets a separate track number, but the CD is recorded as a set of medleys (ie, tracks 1-4 together, 5-7, 8-10, etc.).

The newly created joined track will be given a name which consists of the name of each track separated by a hyphen (ie, "Montgomeries' Rant - Glasgow Highlanders - Spootiskerry").



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: carlaz on Jun 25, '03 06:35:28AM

Indeed, the join-multiple-tracks feature has been around a little while, and is very handy (especially for live segues). However, I wish there was a way to specify a song separation character for joined tracks other than the default hyphen. I prefer an arrow-like greater-than symbol (>) and currently replace the hyphen with this manually, but it would be nice to figure out how to change the default .... A .plist somewhere?.



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: silicondiode on Jun 23, '03 03:12:23PM
old news: http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11564&

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Older than that...
Authored by: DougAdams on Jun 23, '03 05:07:54PM

As was mentioned, Join Tracks was part of iTunes 3, which debuted July 17, 2002.

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Hey robg! :D (Off Topic)
Authored by: Maxwell on Jun 23, '03 05:55:02PM

Hey robg, I don't know your age, but you don't have to be young to encounter CDs where tracks are joined, remember Abbey Road... The Beatles :) 1969 :p

(oh and by the way i'm only 23:D)



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: psandiford on Jun 23, '03 09:53:58PM

I haven't been able to get the "Join CD Tracks" to select (it remains grayed out) using iTunes 4.0.1 (117). I've been forced to use QT as a work-around.



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Solved
Authored by: psandiford on Jun 23, '03 10:08:10PM

You must sort by track number to use this tip



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: tyagi on Jun 24, '03 03:48:34AM

Are there the usual side effects of having a long track when playing these back on the iPod? It would be great if the multiple tracks could be played back as if they were a single, long track, without _actually_ being a "single long track" (if you see what I mean). This would give significant power benefits when using the iPod for playback.

Anyone any experience?



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: psandiford on Jun 24, '03 07:08:46AM

I'm trying it today; I'll let you know.



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: silicondiode on Jun 24, '03 10:30:00PM

the best answer i can give is, "sometimes..." every now and then when playing a track that's bigger than the RAM buffer i've noticed a pause or a "hiccup" at some point during playback. i don't always hear it and it's never in the same place twice in my experience. when it happens i find myself looking down at the iPod and saying "what?" to myself (a habit i picked up when i had a nomad jukebox, which had the hiccups so much it needed burping...) and then as fast as the pause comes it goes. it's not a prob.

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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 25, '03 05:44:53AM

This tip comes just at the right time! I was just looking for a tool to concatenate MP3 files - I have a lot of classical recordings where the music runs over track separations.

Thanks! I had never noticed that in iTunes.

Kirk



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: ankh on Jun 26, '03 02:22:41PM

Please say more about how this is working out.

I've tried (with a 400 mhz Pismo and now a 500 mhz Pismo) to archive classical music from CD, and always get pops and burps -- starting with the first copy from the CD drive to the hard drive -- and more when that file is then written as mp3 to a CD-R.

It's really not tolerable, and a big disappointment. Apple has never heard of anyone having this problem while under AppleCare, of course (sigh).

If you're getting unmangled classical recordings out of a Macintosh, please say exactly what setup works.



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Why Not Do It Better?
Authored by: japancakes on Jun 25, '03 12:36:45PM

Well, better for me anyway. The main problem with this method is that you lose the ability to jump to a particular track (unless you memorize its timecode). Instead, why not do it with playlists?

Create a normal playlist, put all your continuous albums in there, sort by album, and don't crossfade or shuffle. Or you can perhaps enter something descriptive in the Comments portion of the tracks' info and create a Smart Playlist that contains all the tracks with that comment and, say, randomizes play based on alubum.



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: Eukaryote on Jul 16, '03 11:20:01PM

Another great thing that they have in iTunes 4.0 that I LOVE for my mixed albums is to make a playlist (or not even doing that) and then going to the options... You can select whether to shuffle by song or by whole album, so I can listen to one mix, then randomly hear the next. I didn't see any mention of this, and it's not something you would always find, but it's great!



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Import multiple CD tracks as one song in iTunes4
Authored by: McHai on Apr 23, '04 03:50:28PM

I must be asking a stupid question, but I just got my ipod (15gb 3th) and have a problem with transfering mixed cd's to ipod.
The track names and artist are not beening recognized, everything is track 1, track2 and so on. What did I do wrong?
Thanks a lot.



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