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Authored by: Unsoluble on Dec 15, '05 02:46:28PM
Well put.

I've been hammering on Apple (through the feedback channels) since the first-gen iPod, trying to point out that there's a whole ton of music out there (some of which Apple is actually pointing to in their press materials) that simply isn't listenable on the iPod in its proper form. If you think about it, there is almost literally no point in listening to DJ mixes on your iPod. Which is just silly.

The real kicker is that there isn't even a workaround. The file-joining methods mentioned here are a step in the right direction, but are ultimately quite flawed. Many MP3 encoders leave a very short silent gap at the beginnings of tracks, which will still be present after you've joined them together.

And even if you do manage to get a seamlessly joined long mix, it still sucks: As mentioned, you lose all the individual track metadata, but what's worse is that the iPod can't handle playing really long tracks without running out of buffer memory and needing to spin up the hard disk, which, sadly, adds in more gaps -- on my second-gen, once about every 20 mins or so.

This clearly adds up to simply being dumb, and it should be fixed.

Note: I'll take a gap every 20 minutes over one between every song mix, any day, so I tend to make full-set single tracks out of my mix albums. But to preserve the tracks' metadata, I simply keep a second copy of the album, all broken up and labelled. With storage space as cheap as it is these days, this really doesn't make any difference, and certainly helps.

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