iTunes finally added the feature I’ve been waiting years for: gapless album tracks.
Maybe other players have had this for years. I don’t know. All I know is that ever since I started listening to MP3s I have bemoaned the small gaps that appear between track numbers which, when played from CD, play straight through. Some CD software on the computer would even introduce the gaps when the discs were played back on my PC.
With the latest iTunes update, however, it scanned my whole library looking for “gapless” album tracks, and now if I’m listening to those tracks back-to-back, they play the way the artists and engineers originally intended.
#1: Vangelis Oceanic — the whole album. This is my nap-time music and bed-time music, and I’ve played the CD at least two thousand times, back-to-back.
#2: The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky – Sirius/Eye In The Sky
#3: Chicago 18: If She Would Have Been Faithful/25 or 6 to 4
In order to fill out my top 10, I’d have to dip deeply into my Alan Parsons and Vangelis collections. There would be lots of ties. And don’t even get me started on my classical and symphonic CDs.
So… what are YOUR favorite gapless album tracks? And if there are other MP3 players out there that will play truly gaplessly, what are they?
(One more note: my ancient 1st-generation iPod doesn’t seem to recognize gapless playback. I’m not sure whether the firmware will ever be updated to support it. Can anybody tell me whether newer iPods will do this?)