8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2007 11:41 AM by Chris CA
spazzyfry123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have wondered this for quite some time. How can I combine more than one song together to play together during shuffle? For example, "The Happiest Days of our Lives" and "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) don't sound right when played seperately. Is there a way to combine two or more songs to play directly after each other without having to turn off shuffle?

Also, is it possible to combine certain songs in one playlist, but not in another? Keeping the same example for simplicity, can I combine those two songs together on one playlist, but keep them seperate in my entire library?

I hope this makes sense...

Thanks!
-Tyler

Compaq, Windows XP
  • Lil Pagi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No. That's why it's called "shuffle."
  • camoracer Level 5 Level 5 (4,270 points)
    Depending on what file format you are using it may be possible to join the files together. There are many mp3 editor programs that can join files together into longer tracks.

    For second question, yes, that is what playlists are for.
  • Robert Jacobson1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)
    One such editor is mp3DirectCut: http://mpesch3.de1.cc/
  • spazzyfry123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How do these editor things work?
  • camoracer Level 5 Level 5 (4,270 points)
    Each one has different methods. There may even be one somewhere that just adds one mp3 to the end of another one with just selecting files.

    Audacity, free open-source program, is commonly recommended. You end up loading both songs into it then tell it to create a new file with one song after the other. I don't know if it will work with AAC files but it definately works with mp3 files.
  • Robert Jacobson1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)
    I'm pretty sure that if you use Audacity for an MP3, it decodes it to a raw format. If you then save it to MP3 or other lossy format, you would then lose audio quality and possibly introduce audio artifacts.

    mp3DirectCut, as the name implies, directly interacts with the MP3 frames and therefore you do not lose any quality. Of course, what you can do directly to the frames is very limited (e.g. add or remove frames)
  • jbnbpt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    From iTunes Help:

    When you import songs from a CD into iTunes, you can combine songs so that they always play together (even when shuffling songs). To join tracks: Insert an audio CD into your computer's CD or DVD drive. When the songs on the CD appear in the iTunes window, select the ones you want to join (hold down the Shift key to select multiple songs). Choose Advanced > Join CD Tracks.

    If the songs you want to join aren't coming off a CD, just spend the 10 cents and burn them to one, then rip them back.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,005 points)
    jbnbpt post sows the best way to do it.
    You should reRIP from the CD.

    *can I combine those two songs together on one playlist, but keep them seperate in my entire library?*
    No.