Three tips for classical (and other) music and iTunes
Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:55 AM
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Also, it only works with Ogg Vorbis FLAC files, last time I checked.
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 06:55 PM
Posted 26 March 2010 - 04:17 PM
If you have Quicktime Pro, and possibly just Quicktime, you add the pieces together and create one song, a long piece of music that can be played in iTunes.
Posted 31 March 2010 - 01:33 PM
Keeping related tracks together has been a bugbear of mine for 10 years or more. It's not just a classical music thing, either.
Best solution I've found is to merge (preferably lossless) tracks into a single file like brazos1 suggested, but with one refinement: take advantage of AAC's chapter support (used for podcasts and audiobooks) to maintain access to the sub-tracks. In some ways it's more elegant than the .cue files supported by some Windows apps.
I've long used Doug Adams' Join Together for this but haven't got it working on 10.6 yet. (I see there's a new update that might solve my issues.) Audiobook Builder does much the same, but because of its audiobook focus you have to do some extra fiddling with tags afterward to make it a proper music file.
The universal disdain among the major commercial services for album tracks that are supposed to flow together seamlessly (think concert recordings or concept albums) irks the hell out of me. There's no good reason for Apple to be selling Dark Side of the Moon as separate files when their own AAC podcast format does a wonderful job of keeping the album's integrity intact. I don't blame Pink Floyd for suing EMI over it, even if it is just about the money.
This is why I still buy some of my music on CD and rip it to Apple Lossless as an intermediary, and I even wrote an Applescript to generate random playlists that respect the Grouping tag built into iTunes. Another place Apple dropped the ball on this.
This post has been edited by TheFLP: 31 March 2010 - 01:34 PM