How to Crossfade Songs in iTunes

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While listening to your music library in iTunes, do you get annoyed by gaps of silence between songs? There’s an easy fix: crossfading. 

What Is Crossfading?

Crossfading involves slowly decreasing the volume of one song and increasing the volume of the next at the same time. This overlap creates a smooth transition between the two songs and enhances your listening experience. If you like listening to continuous, nonstop music, then mix like a DJ and use crossfading.

It takes just a couple minutes to configure.

  1. Setting Up Crossfading

    On the iTunes main screen, click the Edit menu tab and choose Preferences. Click on the Playback tab to see the option for crossfading. Now, put a check in the box next to the Crossfade Songs option. You can use the slider bar to adjust the number of seconds that crossfading should occur between songs; the default is six seconds. When done, click the OK button to exit the preferences menu.

  2. Testing Crossfading Between Songs

    To check that the duration of crossfading between songs is acceptable, you need to hear the end of one song and the beginning of the next one. To do this, simply play one of your existing playlists. Alternatively, click on the Music icon in the left pane (under Library) and double-click on a song in the song list. To hurry things along a little, you can skip most of the song by clicking near the end of the progress bar. If you hear the song slowly fading out and the next one fading in, then you’ve successfully configured iTunes to crossfade.

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