Originally Posted by bdj21ya
Someone explain this "gapless playback" thing to me. My iTunes has always overlapped songs by whatever interval (in seconds) I tell it to.
(disclosure: I do not have iTunes 7 yet)
The issue with GAPLESS playback is different than explained so far...
It is not the Crossfade Playback (in Preferences) that you refer to (in which ending of song is overlaid with beginning of next song).
Gapless playback refers to eliminating the brief pause that often (always?) occurs when playing an encoded album back. On some original albums (CDs), there are no blank silent spaces between music songs/cuts - the music just plays continuously from one song into the next.
Used to be, with older iTunes, if you enconde one of these albums, and play back, you get a brief quiet pause inserted between songs. This pause - the Gap - was not on the original CD, thus the music experience is changed by the abrupt silent gap stuck in there.
So, if Apple implemented it correctly, Gapless playback means you can encode your continuous music album into iTunes, and have it play back with continuous - no Gaps - sound, from one track seamlessly into the next.
Can anyone confirm their experience with this Gapless encoding/playback in iTunes 7?