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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes Apps
While listening to an MP3 of a live performance by one of my favorite artists, DJ Shadow, I really enjoyed a particular segement of the performance. I thought: I'd like to hear that that segement over and over again.

So here's a basic hint that explains how you do it in iTunes (submitted with iTunes 4.6, but I believe all versions support this feature):
  1. Play the file in iTunes and note the start time and end time of the segment you want to loop by observing the elapsed time for the file (for example: 1:14:05 is the "start of the loop" and 1:18:30 is the "end of the loop" time in my case, with the notation in hour:minute:second format)
  2. Highlight the file in iTunes (command+L to show the file currently playing)
  3. Choose File -> Get info (command+I)
  4. Select the Options tab
  5. Enable the checkbox for "Start Time" by entering the time value for the start of the loop 1:14:05
  6. Enable the checkbox for "Stop Time" by entering the end of the value for the end of the loop 1:18:30
  7. Press OK to save changes.
  8. From the Controls menu select "Repeat One"
  9. Double click the file to begin the loop process
  10. Enjoy the loop.
Note: To "undo" this hint, simply uncheck the checkboxes for the Start Time and/or Stop Time (or you could manually re-enter the values for each field). Select "Repeat Off" from the Controls menu to stop the looping.
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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: risc on Sep 13, '04 01:28:55PM

For some reason the url to the DJ Shadow website does not load. The correct url is www.djshadow.com

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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: readparse on Sep 13, '04 02:29:23PM

I'm wondering about the hintworthiness of this hint. Pretty straightforward (and documented) to specify a start time and end time for a track, and likewise for the single repeat. Putting the two together is no big deal.

No offense, but one reason this site is so useful is because of the policing of hints done by the users. It has happened to me also.



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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: mustang_dvs on Sep 13, '04 03:07:16PM
I happen to agree with you, readparse, it's not really a "hint" as much as a "documented feature."

(And I question the sanity of someone wanting to listen to the same four seconds of a song over and over and over and over and over and over and over...) ;)

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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: joquiroz on Sep 13, '04 03:42:31PM

Actually it's about four minutes
hour:minute:second

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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: PancakeMan on Sep 13, '04 05:18:41PM

Isn't DJ Shadow music repetitive enough without putting it on Repeat? ;-)



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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: Dave Creek on Sep 13, '04 03:09:21PM

Well, maybe you're correct but I, as one of the low-tech-expertise readers of this forum, find such hints useful and I appreciate Risc taking the time to lay out his idea.



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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: marcrespass on Sep 13, '04 11:38:18PM

This is a great hint! One reason you might want to listen to a segment over and over is if you are a musician. I've been learning a tune. It would be great to set it to loop a section so I can practice with it. I recently told a friend that iTunes does not have repeat. I admit that it's tedious to setup in iTunes but there it is and I was on the verge of writing my own player. This is a good hint. What makes it a hint is not that it exposes a hidden feature but also that it brings forward a feature that is not necessarily right in front of you. For what it's worth, I was unable to find information in iTunes Help about looping a song so I don't know where it's documented.

Thank you for the hint
Marc



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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: david-bo on Sep 13, '04 04:51:43PM

This is not a hint. Period.

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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: gourls on Sep 13, '04 04:58:27PM
Maybe it's not much of a hint, but it's something I can figure out. Unlike most things. (cough cough)

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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: Frederico on Sep 14, '04 12:35:01AM

Let's go ahead and add one step to turn this into an actual hint:

Once you've set your start/stop times and closed the Get Info window, rather than select the song and hit play/repeat, instead use the iTunes->Menubar->Advanced->Convert Selection to [your favorite format].

You will end up with just the defined section of the track, duplicated with same name and info, leaving your original track intact. Go turn the start/stop times off in your original track, and rename the new snippet to a unique name. Voila. Now you can either play the whole song, or just the snippet. Repeat at your discretion.

You can also use these snippets for ring tones on compatible phones, email alerts, etc.

Have fun



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THAT's really a hint
Authored by: tinb on Sep 14, '04 11:23:29AM

... and a wonderful one. I was looking so long for a possibility to snip single songs from "whole CD" tracks.

Thanks a lot



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Loop audio file snippets in iTunes
Authored by: mproud on Sep 14, '04 09:54:37PM

A word of caution: Crossfading. This can spoil your perfectly cut song.



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