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Joining CD Tracks in iTunes 11

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Q: Since there’s no Advanced tab in iTunes 11, I can’t figure out how to join audiobook tracks into one. I am trying to add an audiobook to iTunes so I can transfer it to my iPod. For instance, each disc has 10 different tracks. I used to be able to click on the Advanced tab and then click Join and the tracks would be combined into one. I don’t see any option for doing that now.

- Sandy

A: The option to Join CD Tracks is actually still there, but considerably more hidden than it was in prior versions. The CD options in general have been moved to a new “Options” menu that appears in the top-right corner of the CD import screen.


However, to make matters even more complicated, the Join CD Tracks option does not appear on this menu at all until you have selected one or more contiguous tracks.


If you want to combine all of the tracks on a CD, you can simply press CTRL+A (Windows) or CMD+A (Mac) to select all of the displayed tracks and then select the “Options” menu and you should see a third option to Join CD Tracks. The feature otherwise works in the same way as it did in previous versions of iTunes.

For more on what’s new and changed in iTunes 11, be sure to check out our latest article Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 11.


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I was thrilled there was still a way to join tracks, however, on my screen when I select all of a disc, join tracks did not show up under options.  Still no joy on importing audiobooks by disc for me.  Please help!

Posted by yoguhtman in Toronto on December 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM (CST)


I’m with yoguhtman.  The joining tracks option does not appear under options, even after I have selected the tracks I want to combine.  Any ideas?

Posted by bevo in Toronto on December 5, 2012 at 3:24 PM (CST)


As with prior versions of iTunes, the key point is to ensure that your CD tracks are sorted in the normal, track order, as only contiguous tracks can be joined, and only in the same order that they are stored on the CD.

See our follow-up article, Join CD Tracks option not appearing in iTunes 11 for more information.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on December 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM (CST)


Your solution was no solution. The joining tracks option does not appear.

Posted by Joe Cocozza in Toronto on April 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM (CDT)


I’m having the same problem joining cd tracks for audio books. I have followed all the steps listed before and it worked at first. When I put in the 2nd disc and did the exact same steps, the “join tracks” option wasn’t listed. I tried several other audio books and had the same problem. I even called Apple and no one had any idea what happened. Anyone have a similar problem and figured it out?

Posted by Heidi in Toronto on May 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM (CDT)


Worked for me! Thanks for the help!

Posted by Ashley in Toronto on May 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM (CDT)


This was also driving me nuts.  Here is the proper solution…

You have to first click the track number ‘column heading’. eg, sort by TRACK. A small black arrow will appear to indicated that this column is now the sorting preference.

Now select all tracks. Then the ‘Join tracks’ option will appear in the options menu.

This is a stupid requirement. The menu option should always be visible, but maybe have a pop-up warning that reads ‘tracks not in order’.  That would be much better apple.

Posted by Gethen in Toronto on June 25, 2013 at 2:58 AM (CDT)


I an trying to download 1 disc of an audiobook and cannot get the joined track option to drop down.  I have tried everything.  I have downloaded many books before and cannot figure this one out.  The tracks are in the right order.

Posted by Barbara in Toronto on June 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM (CDT)


Is there a way to join tracks that have already been imported as separate tracks? Or do you have to do directly from the CD?

Posted by Mitch in Toronto on August 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM (CDT)


I was able to see the join tracks in the options menu.  However, I’ve imported several audiobooks already and when I play them, instead of playing in order, it just skips around and plays the tracks all out of order. (1A then 5F) Is there anyway to join tracks after the fact? Or, do i have to delete all the files and reimport them from from cd?

Another issue, playing disks in order. When i’ve played the last track on one disk, how do i get it to go to the second disk instead of, for example, the 5th?

I’m using a mac and itunes 11.

Posted by khinton in Toronto on September 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM (CDT)


****** One hot tip here

Make sure you sort the tracks by the track number (the heading above the tracks i.e. Artist, Name etc…) click on the track # column heading to sort them in order, once in order the option will show up.

Posted by Peter Peterson in Toronto on October 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM (CDT)

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