11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2009 10:10 AM by christopher rigby1
Bruce L. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I created a playlist using various albums as sources. When playing there is no time gap between tunes - one finishes and the other starts immediately. Is there a way to add a time space or gap between tunes using iTunes? What do I need?
Thanks.

PBook G4 15; MacBook 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,065 points)
    [http://www.mcelhearn.com/article.php?story=20050203131341902]

    If MP3 format the new version of MP3 Trimmer will add silence to beginning and end of tracks
  • hsmom Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm using iTunes 8.0.2. When I insert a blank disc, iTunes opens and asks me to select a playlist to burn. Once I've selected the playlist, I click on "burn disc" in the lower right hand corner of my screen. At that point, a window pops up that asks me what speed I want to use to burn the CD, how much time I want in between songs (0-5 seconds), whether or not to use sound check, and what kind of blank disc I'm using. Look at your settings, and see if you have this on 0 seconds for default.

    HTH!
  • apikoros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I have the same question. It's not a matter of burning CD's, it's trying to insert a gap between tracks played in iTunes itself. Example: I downloaded from the iTunes store a 1958 jazz album, but there's barely a second between tracks. It happens I have the original vinyl recording, and on it there is about a 3-second gap between tracks. I'd like to have the same on the album I downloaded, but how?
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    Do you have "Gapless playback" selected in Get Info ? If so, then deselect it.

    Also, you can use "Crossfade Playback" in Preferences : Playback, to increase or decrease the amount of silence. The default position is halfway, about 5 or 6 seconds I think.
  • apikoros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks, but "gapless playback" is not selected and "crossfade" does the exact opposite of what I seek— it causes the tracks to overlap. It deletes any gap between the tracks, and causes track B to start playing before track A has ended.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    If it's the downloaded tracks that have no silence at the end, then that is the fault of whoever released them in that form. I have found (so far) that purchased tracks all do have a few seconds of silence at the end.

    If it is only one album in your case, then there is a work round though it is a bit laborious. Make yourself a track of 3 seconds silence (e.g. find a track with some silence at the end, set the Start Time in Get Info to 3 seconds from the end and leave the Stop Time blank; 'Convert Selection...' to a low bitrate format; rename it "3 seconds silence").

    Then for each track in your album, use the free download 'Join Together' (http://dougscripts.com/itunes) to join the silence track to the end of it, and repeat until you have it joined to each track.

    If anyone knows a better or quicker way, that would be useful too! (I searched Doug Scripts for an "add silence" script, but there doesn't seem to be one. You could always try contacting Doug and ask him if this is possible to do?)
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    By the way apikoros, you're "thread-jacking" - if you have more to say on this, then do please start a new thread and I will look out for it.
  • apikoros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I apologize if that is the case— but it isn't in my view. I'm asking and following up on the very same question that the original poster did, i.e., how to "add time gap between tunes in playlist."

    But again, I do apologize if I'm off base, and I thank you for your suggestions.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    I apologize if that is the case— but it isn't in my view.


    Oh, but it is. This question is already marked as "answered" which means the answer is here for anyone with the same problem. If you need to ask something else, then it's a new question. Also, it means that if anyone was to give you a "helpful" or "solved" answer, you wouldn't be able to acknowledge that (by clicking those buttons), as it has already been given for this question, and cannot be given again.
  • apikoros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Sigh. But it was an answer to a different question than the one that was asked. The answer referred to burning CD's, whereas the question had to do with playing music from the computer. And acknowledgment and gratitude can be expressed in words, right here— as I did when I thanked you.

    Now the thread IS hijacked, so I'm abandoning it. Thank you again for the advice you offered.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    But it was an answer to a different question than the one that was asked.


    Only the OP can mark it "helpful" or "solved".

    Thank you again for the advice you offered.


    You're welcome