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Q: When I import dance CDs into iTunes, and then to my iPod, it replays them with a one-second gap between songs. How can I get these dance tracks to play without gaps?

- Gavin

A: Unfortunately, the iPod inserts gaps between tracks at all times. The only way to get around this is to import an entire CD as a single track. You won’t be able to play individual songs from the CD, but you will be able to play it in order with no gaps.

To do this, insert a CD into your computer. When the CD’s tracks display in iTunes, select them all (Command+A on Mac, Control+A on Windows), then select Advanced > Join Tracks. This joins all the tracks into a single track. When you click the Import button, iTunes imports the entire CD as one track.

You can also join just a few tracks on a CD, or join groups of several tracks. Select the ones you want to join (they must be consecutive), and select Join Tracks. When you import the CD, you’ll have several tracks, each containing a few songs.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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ratch333 (1)

Deactivate “shuffle” for that particular playlist, using the button in the bottom left corner of iTunes.

If you’re talking about a smart playlist, you can enable manual sorting by clicking the title bar that is above the numbers to the left of the song titles.  This effectively removes any existing sort order (Artist, Album, Playcount, etc), and allows click-and-drag reordering.


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Alternatively, if you purchased with a credit card, you may qualify for some sort of automatic insurance… Call and ask.

ratch333 (2)

Your “Most Recently Added” smart playlist is doing what it’s supposed to.  “Most Recently Added” will show the 50 (or so?) songs added most recently—- even if that was 6 months ago.

What you really want to do is change “Most Recently Added” to something more definite—- Try “Songs Added in the Last 2 Weeks” or so.  To do this, edit the existing “Most Recently Played” smart playlist (by right clicking on it and selecting “Edit Playlist…”).

Then, add the following line to the conditions list:

No further modifications are necessary.

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