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Can I set interval commands within my playlist?

916 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 7:30 AM by Zyriab RSS
Roxanne4338 Calculating status...
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May 7, 2012 8:45 AM

Can I set interval commands within my playlist?  Would like to use for interval training.  THank you!

iPod nano, 5th gen
  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)

    I think the answer is no, but if you explain what it is you're trying to achieve then maybe we can come up with some kind of workaround.

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    May 7, 2012 10:11 AM (in response to Roxanne4338)

    OK, that's not really possible.  One way that you could do this is to add the markers manually using something like Audacity, but then the beeps would be permanently embedded in the tracks and would still sound even if you weren't training.

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    May 7, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to Roxanne4338)

    I suppose you could have a set of tracks that you just use for training and put the audio markers in those!

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    May 7, 2012 12:47 PM (in response to Roxanne4338)

    Download Audacity (it's free) and install it:



    Import the tracks you want to use into iTunes.  If importing from CD I suggest you set Import Settings in Preferences to encode as .wav.  This is important if you want to maintain sound quality, as the compression comes later, after you have added the markers in Audacity.  If you start off with a compressed file (.aac or .mp3) you will be compressing twice and audio quality will be affected.


    Next, open the audio file in Audacity.  Move the pointer to the point in the song you want the marker to sound, let's for the sake of argument say that you want the first one 2 minutes into the song, put the marker at the two minute mark.  Drop down the generate menu and select the kind of sound you want and the length.  A good one might be pluck for 0.5 seconds.  Or you might prefer tone.  Experiment and choose one you like.


    Finally, from the File menu select Export and export the file as either .aac or .mp3, whichever you prefer.  I tend to use .aac myself.  You should then remove the original .wav file from iTunes and import the new file with the audio markers.  When you have all the songs you want with markers in, create a playlist and sync your iPod.


    It might sound a bit complicated, but have a play around with Audacity and you'll soon get the hang of it, and you'll see it's actually pretty straightforward, if a bit laborious!


    Good luck, and feel free to post back if you have any questions.

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)

    You need to open the song in Audacity.  Then create a new track and insert the sound at the point you want it - you can see minutes and seconds along the top of the waveform.  Finally export the file as .aac/.mp3.  Like I said, it's gonna be a bit labour intensive but I can't think of another way to do it with an iPod.  Tho' at least it will be exactly how you want it!

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    May 8, 2012 12:13 PM (in response to Roxanne4338)

    In Audacity select File -> Open then navigate to where your songs are located after you've imported them into iTunes.  They'll probably be in <your_account>/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music.  If they're not there then open iTunes Preferences and check iTunes Media Location.

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)

    Audacity doesn't work with playlists in the way that iTunes or your iPod does.  It just works with individual audio files as at the end of the day it's an audio editor, not a player program.  You don't need your iPod connected to use it either.  If you don't have any other copies of the songs, or can't import them from CD, then open them from your iTunes library - you don't need to re-purchase the songs!  If you want to keep the original version and have a separate version with the marker sounds for your training playlist then save them to a different location, i.e. use 'Save As' and save them to somewhere like the desktop, then import them into iTunes.  If you're not confident about using Audacity yet play around using files that don't matter, or copies of songs in your iTunes library, rather than the files you actually listen to and sync to your iPod.


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