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Q: I’ve been using iTunes now for a couple of years now, and I cannot live without it. But one thing has been bothering me since when I started using iTunes: if I’m listening to a song that’s part of an album and browsing through my library at the same time, adding songs, sorting songs, etc., and the album is not visible, playback stops at the end of each song. I then have to go through my library looking for the next song on the album to continue listening. But when songs are playing in Party Shuffle, smart playlists, or regular playlists, this abrupt stop in playback does not happen. Is there any way to have uninterrupted playback without having to create new playlists?

- Ace

A: Nope. It annoys us too. The only solution is to make a playlist for the album you’re listening to: select all the music then press Command-Shift-N on Mac on Control-Shift-N on Windows to make a new playlist from your selection, then delete the playlist after you’ve finished listening.

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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#1: Check the preference to disable iTune’s volume controls for Airport Express output. It’ll sound better that way anyway.

If you’ve got your AX connected through the digital output, keep in mind that sources using digital connections often output at a lower level than analog sources.

Finally, some stereos/receivers will let you set a volume offset for different sources. You could tell your receiver to automatically apply more gain to the AX.

Posted by mattwardfh on July 7, 2005 at 1:15 PM (CDT)


#6:  If the album you want to listen to already exists on a playlist you can narrow the playlist down to just that album through the search capability and play it from the playlist while organizing other songs your ‘library’

(for example, all my non-holiday music is on a playlist called “This Ain’t No Holiday” I typed “Social Distortion Roxy” in search - so now it’s just the live at the roxy album and I’m surfing around in my Library, using the ‘get info’ command etc and it’s playing through just that album)

the solution here is great, but I have a billion playlists as it is, so i try to limit the new ones created…

love the column.

Posted by Puck on July 7, 2005 at 4:02 PM (CDT)


after loading my idop software onto to my dell laptop, it worked but started locking up as I would load CD’s.  I have attempted to load the software onto my desktop and it seems to work with the following glitches: The IPOD appears on the the ITUNE source list momentarily, loads an album or playlist back onto the screen but when you access the IPOD to play the tunes, there is nothing showing on the IPOD at all.  The IPOD screen button seems to disappear also after awhile.  I have tried to reload the software 3 times, but it won’t let me reformat the IDOP (it says I don’t need to).
HELP! what can I do…I don’t want to go back to the laptop due to it locking up…the HP desktop is a fairly new one…help…!

Posted by danbranipod on July 7, 2005 at 8:29 PM (CDT)


Well I’ve gotten myself into a pickle.  I plugged my iPod into a friends computer while on vacation (he assured me that it wouldn’t effect my iPod and I was dumb enough to listen) and all my songs got “erased”.  I tried everything I could think of and eventually reset my iPod following Apple’s instructions. I then tried to add songs back on.  I chose the update selected playlists option and thought I put about 1000 songs on (I’ve got a 40GB).  Now whenever I plug in the iPod iTunes thinks it is a new iPod and asks me to register…and even though the songs on my iPod show up in iTunes (and can be played)they do not show up on my iPod…in other words, when I eject the iPod and try to use it independent of iTunes, the iPod shows nothing…zip, nada, blank.  Also, when the iPod is connected, it says I’ve used 12.64GB and only have 16.66 free (where is the other 10.7 GB gone off to?)  Can anyone help?

Posted by jtocon on July 8, 2005 at 3:21 PM (CDT)


Within 25 – 30 minutes of using my iPod it freezers up, the battery is fine as you can see the song details on the screen. No controls work and the only way I can get it going again is if I run the battery out and recharge it.

Can anyone help?

Posted by HacketD1 on July 9, 2005 at 7:32 AM (CDT)


My ipod selection will only let me put 140 songs onto my ipod mini. I know they are supposed to hold 1000 songs. I do not understand it al all! Please help me! My email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please email me or just post it here!

Posted by jewels1600 on July 9, 2005 at 11:23 AM (CDT)


Hi, i have a mini(4GB) ipod, and for no reason it just wouldn’t do anything, i tried to charge it, it worked for about 3 seconds before it froze, when i disconnected it, it started to restart with the apple screen….. but then a picture of an ipod with a frown and X’d out eyes comes on, and a ! in a triangle…..then it shuts off again, can i fix this?

Posted by alexander32 on July 9, 2005 at 2:46 PM (CDT)


Hello, i just want to first say that this site is just my ipod haven, if i got a problem with my ipod shuffle, i go here to look for a solution, but apparently nobody seems to know the answer for this issue and i thought i could just personally ask ipodlounge. well, here’s the deal: when i plug my shuffle and itunes opens, it updates, but when it updates, it adds the recently added songs to it and i dont like it cuz i prefer to manually transfer them, how do i stop this from happening, cuz this has never occured to me before; before, i plugged the shuffle, it updated and then i manually added the songs. I want it to be like that again but i dont know how. Is there any other solution besides from unchecking the boxes of some songs or erasing them? I would REALLY appreciate it if you could help me with this problem cuz its gettin down right frustrating. Thanks!

Posted by shuffle11 on July 10, 2005 at 12:50 PM (CDT)


Your answer to one question is incomplete.  You write:  “there are two ways to play music through a stereo: either by streaming from iTunes to an AirPort Express, or by simply connecting the iPod using a 1/8”-to-RCA jack cable.”

However, you can also use a 1/8”-to-RCA jack cable on the computer itself to stream from iTunes to a stereo.  There’s no need to go for Airport Express, provided (a) you have no other use for a wireless system, and (b) your computer is located reasonably close to your stereo.

Posted by curmudgeon on July 10, 2005 at 2:52 PM (CDT)


i want to convert my library to aac right now it is a mix of aac,mp3 and lossless,when i convert i get 3 converted copies plus the original.what can i do?

Posted by sudgut on July 10, 2005 at 5:40 PM (CDT)


I bought an ipod from a DJ who put 1500 songs on it with a number of palylists. Now I would like to transfer those song to I-Tunes and onto to another ipod which I use for playing music at home only. Can anyone help???? PLEASE????
I have tried using podutil and ipodagent but these do not recognise the ipod I purchased from the DJ.


Posted by CokerI on July 11, 2005 at 4:40 AM (CDT)


My 3rd generation Ipod suddenly is not working properly (no trauma to it).  When I try to play an album or artist or an individual song, the machine starts but the counter clock stay at 0:00 and it suddenly proceeds to the next song without playing any part of the original song.  Ironically the podcasts play immediately after selecting one.  If I choose to play the whole song list (7598 songs) then it runs through the first 6 songs as described above and suddenly starts to play the song without any problem

Posted by DR. Ipod on July 11, 2005 at 9:03 AM (CDT)


I just bought a new computer and i am planning to use my ipod on it.  My ipod is currently being used by another computer, and has 2600 songs on it.  How can I start to use my ipod on my new computer without losing any music?

Posted by CobaltSpeed89 on July 11, 2005 at 6:43 PM (CDT)


My pc computer(with itunes and windows xp)does not recognize my ipod when it is connected. It does an autoplay, but the ipod never appears in itunes. I drag down the file option but cannot update my ipod. Any suggestions that will not make me loose music I have in my ipod.

Posted by nasalseptum on July 11, 2005 at 8:59 PM (CDT)


When listening to iTunes and “organizing” other songs in your library, play your music from the original window that opens when you start iTumes and then open a new window from your library and the songs will continue to play through the original window.  This works for PC; I would be curious to know if it works for Mac.

Posted by mtully on July 13, 2005 at 9:54 AM (CDT)


Bought IpodAgent and was able to tweak all i wanted in my Ipod with the software
but now I am unable to sync “my tweaks” in my Itune
Little confused.please could you help

Posted by chefouille on July 14, 2005 at 2:09 AM (CDT)


I have a pc with windows xp loaded with itunes(1009 songs).  I want to load this music minus unchecked songs onto a new 4 GB mini.  Please provide step by step instructions as I am novice and do not want to lose itunes library.  I can not figure out the manual/ auto sync part.

Posted by jimw on July 23, 2005 at 2:59 AM (CDT)


There are items in my itunes library on my computer, but they are not being loaded onto my ipod.

Posted by suzy on September 22, 2009 at 10:28 PM (CDT)

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