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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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I am new to ipod and not very computer literate so please be patient. I have several audiobooks i want to load on my ipod. They load as tracks,e.g all track one together then all track two etc., rather than sequentially. How do I load from ITunes (i have a Mac) to Ipod in the correct order. Thanks.

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Posted by ratch333 on February 17, 2005 at 10:04 PM (CST)



When you import the audiobooks, make sure to tag each CD with a separate album name.  With separate CDs denoted this way, the track numbers will keep each track in order.  Without album names, they’re all considered one album… which is why they’re playing sequentially by track number only.  See info on importing here.

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.


If you’re sure it’s been stolen, there’s not much you can do… it’s fairly safe to assume he’s not giving it back.  However, you could try alerting Apple that your iPod (supply a serial number) is now stolen, should the thief call for support. 

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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Sorry about that sent the Q to the e-mail.

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Posted by ecbizzo on February 23, 2005 at 11:58 PM (CST)



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Posted by MrJeff in Stamford, CT on February 25, 2005 at 10:35 PM (CST)


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Is it possible to download music from Real player to an iPod?

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Posted by tph in dallas on March 20, 2005 at 12:44 PM (CST)


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Posted by oogabooga on March 21, 2005 at 8:51 PM (CST)


i have a 4th generation ipod and am newly converted from a pc to an imac.

i would like to use my ipod for my contacts and calendar as well as music and books.  i have enabled it as a hard drive but am unable to download any of my contacts and calendar from my e-mail client…  is there any way to export address and calendar info into a program that will then export it in a format that an ipod can import?

i hope someone can help me…

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Posted by yo yo yo in minnesota on March 23, 2005 at 4:49 PM (CST)


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The sound quality is very bad. Until now, my good old sony hand-held cassette-recorder does the job much better. Can anyone help me?

The sound quality that Apple enables on all the recording-capable iPods is stinky - low bitrate, low frequency. Probably some deal with the record companies. Unless the 5G features dramatically better recording options, or Apple rejigs the older firmware to enable high quality recording ands a new generation of mics are released, you will not get high-fidelity recording using iPod.

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Posted by Demosthenes on March 25, 2005 at 1:45 PM (CST)


i need to tranfer music from one ipod to another how is this done????? need help pls….i have no idea….

Posted by claudia in australia on March 26, 2005 at 7:31 AM (CST)


the songs on my ipod mini keep skipping. At first, it was just the purchased songs. Now it is all the songs. The purchased music i brought from itunes won’t play at all. Plz HELP.

Posted by sharie' in home on March 26, 2005 at 11:45 PM (CST)


What happens if I delete my songs from iTunes (they are taking up a lot of my computer memory) ? I assume I will lose the songs from my iPod Mini when I connect. What is the best way to get around this?

Posted by SpyWriter on March 27, 2005 at 4:45 PM (CST)


Ok wel i just got a new computer and i was wondering how you add all of the songs from my ipod into my new Itunes without having to download all of the songs again or having to import all of my CDs al over again. Anyone know how to do this..?

Posted by Mflo on March 27, 2005 at 5:37 PM (CST)


Is the Ipod mini worth the money?

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which one is better ipod shuffel or ipod mini?

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I’m new to iPod and when I go on iTunes and then I click on iTunes Music Store it tell me I can’t. And I don’t know how to download songs from the internet. How do I do all this?

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Posted by pmania in RI on April 2, 2005 at 7:36 PM (CST)


what do i do my ipod mini has freezed

Posted by madmike13 in chicago on April 3, 2005 at 2:18 PM (CDT)


I am deaf in one ear. I would like A single mono earbud, or the ability to download in mono.

Posted by elindso in Montreal on April 3, 2005 at 11:33 PM (CDT)


I had planned on buying a Bose SoundDock for my bedroom and using my 40 GB iPOD’S Alarm facility to wake me up every morning with a different song that I’d select from my iPod the night before.

Is there some way of selecting a single track from within my iPod and programming the alarm function to access it?

It seems this is impossible without connecting my iPod to my laptop and downloading the desired song into an ON THE GO list. Does anybody have a simpler solution?

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2.)  What Mac software can be used to edit digital audio captured via the iPod Photo with microphone attachment?  Can this audio subsequently be burned onto a CD?

3.)  What is the best (i.e., lightest, simplest to use, and draws power from the iPod) add on device to use with the iPod Photo for downloading digital photos from your digital camera or carmera SD card, while travelling?

Posted by jimsky in south africa on April 4, 2005 at 4:34 AM (CDT)


I just purchased the 10 Gig Ipod from my friend. I know this is probably a really dumb question but how do I get the music from my computer on to the Ipod itself? Do I need to download software? Is the software on the net? Or will I have to get her to give me the CD’s that came with the Ipod when she purchased it.

I am using Windows Millennium.


Posted by joeblo in Toronto on April 5, 2005 at 5:41 PM (CDT)


I just bought a ipod mini 4GB. I am trying to learn all I can do with this thing. Can anyone tell me anything I should know. I also hear people talk about ipod shows and listening to things like that. How do I do that. This site is kewl are there others I should know about?

Posted by Mrwalton in Nebraska on April 6, 2005 at 5:30 AM (CDT)


i just traded my 3g ipod 15gb to a 30gb i-pod photo..its just sooo cool!! but im having a problem with importing and deleting photos in my i-pod..and i also cant put and delete individual photos in my i-pod..i have to do everything by folders..any ipod photo veterans here? help me pls..

Posted by oinkygoodboy in hk on April 6, 2005 at 7:52 PM (CDT)


Ive just purchased a new PC and want to copy my iTunes library over to the new PC. What do I have to make sure I back up to ensure an exact copy of my current library??

Posted by boboonthecorner on April 8, 2005 at 9:00 AM (CDT)


what’s the deal with ipod battery
life . do they give you the cheap battery so that 6 monthes later you’ll have to buy the 100 dollar version to get your mini ipod to run over an hour. anyone else being sucked into their marketing ploy on us music lovers???
mike devereux
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Posted by ryno on April 8, 2005 at 10:11 AM (CDT)


Ok, all i want to know is this.

how do i put songs i downloaded using limewire into my itunes library?

it can be done…right?

Posted by c h r i s on November 9, 2005 at 9:31 PM (CST)


Do I absolutely have to burn a CD in order to get music on my iPod? Do I need the MP3 capabilities to get music without my own personal playlist? Do I have to have a personal playlist? Where can I download music without having to burn a CD?

Posted by kakarottonoouji on November 20, 2006 at 12:16 PM (CST)

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