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Chapter 15. Listening to Audio CDs and I... > Setting iTunes Audio Preferences

Setting iTunes Audio Preferences

You can use iTunes Audio preferences to control how your music plays. For example, you can get rid of the gap of silence between songs or make songs play back at a consistent volume level. You can take advantage of these features by using the Audio pane of the iTunes Preferences dialog box. On this pane, you can configure the following preferences for your music (see Figure 15.17):

  • Crossfade playback— This effect causes one song to fade out and the next one to fade in smoothly, eliminating the gaps of silence between songs. To activate it, check the Crossfade playback check box and use the slider to see the amount of fade time. If you move the slider to the left, songs will fade out more quickly. If you set it to 0, there is no fading and as soon as one song ends, the next one starts. If you move the slider to the right, the fades will last longer. Click OK and the effect will take effect.

    tip

    If you toggle the window to its reduced size and then make it even smaller with the resize handle, the window will contain only the playback controls.


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    This Crossfade setting does not impact audio CDs. Because there is a physical gap between tracks on the CD, iTunes can't do anything about it. This setting applies to other sources, such as your Library and playlists. (So why cover it in the CD chapter you ask? Because this seemed like the place to cover the other effects, so I added this one here, too.)


  • Sound Enhancer— This effect is iTunes' attempt to “add depth and enliven” the quality of your music. The actual result of this effect is a bit difficult to describe, so the best thing to do is try it for yourself. Check the Sound Enhance check box and use the slider to set the relative amount of enhancement. Click OK and then listen to some music. It if sounds better to you, increase the amount of the effect. If not, decrease it or turn it off.

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    The other controls on the Audio pane relate to broadcasting your iTunes music using an AirPort Express Base Station. You'll learn about this later, too.


  • Sound Check— This effect sets the relative volume level of all songs to be the same. It is useful if you have changed the relative volume level of songs (perhaps you cranked up your favorite classical tunes) and want to have all your music play at the same volume level. To implement this effect, check its check box and click OK. (You'll learn how to change the relative volume level of songs later in this part of the book.)


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