How to do seamless playback of mp3s on iTunes
Posted 20 April 2003 - 05:16 PM
When I encode these songs as mp3s and play them on iTunes (or on my Rio portable mp3 player), there is an audible gap between songs. The same thing happens with the shareware program Audion, even though it has a feature, "seamless transitions" that's supposed to prevent this.
Crossfade playback doesn't help; I want to make one song abut the prior one with no gap OR overlap.
Even better, I'd like to encode the whole album as a single mp3 file, so as to eliminate the problem both on my laptop and my portable mp3 player. But this doesn't seem to be an option.
Surely there are other listeners out there with the same problem--have any of you come up with a good solution?
Posted 20 April 2003 - 07:35 PM
Take for instance Dr. Dre's classic "The Chronic."
The second track, Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin'), leads right into the third track, Let Me Ride. It is a seamless transition with no audible gap -- both on the original CD, the mp3 playlist and a copied CD.
The problem could be a slow hard drive, unable to process the seek quick enough. Most likely, it's over your refusal to use crossfading. Try setting it to 1 or 2 seconds. It's barely noticeable and can make all the difference in the world.
Did you rip the mp3's from CD's you own or just tracks you downloaded == 'cause they might just not sync up...
Posted 21 April 2003 - 12:31 PM
Posted 22 April 2003 - 12:19 PM
Under the Advanced menu in my version of iTunes 3.0.1, the choices are:
Convert Selection to AIFF
Get CD Track Names
Submit CD Track Names
Join CD Tracks
Remove Audible Account...
Convert ID3 Tags...
Posted 22 April 2003 - 01:02 PM
You're right, and that's exactly the key to making the song transitions fully invisible. Several people wrote to suggest that I use a one or two second cross-fade, but that simply doesn't work when the transition from one song to the other is dynamic and rhythmic.
Why this option is buried up in a special menu, though, is another question entirely.
Still, kudos to iTunes for having a solution.
And kudos to Jon_Seff for pointing it out to the rest of us.
Posted 22 April 2003 - 06:29 PM
Posted 22 April 2003 - 06:31 PM
I'm a moron.
I thought you mean the Advanced section in iTunes preferences. You actually meant the Advanced menu -- my bad.
Pardon my error -- I'll slink back over to the Kahloz forums now. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif