Join CD Tracks – An Excellent Trick on iTunes
There are just some songs that you have to hear together, and listening to them separate is just a sonic travesty. I have put a lot of thought into this, and come up with a list (please post any that I forgot).
Rock You & We Are the Champions – Queen
Heartbreaker & Living Loving Maid – Led Zeppelin
Load Out & Stay – Jackson Browne
Black Magic Woman & Gypsy Queen – Santana
Amie & Falling in and Out of Love – Pure Prairie League
Foreplay & Long Time – Boston
Eruption & You Really Got Me - Van Halen
Funeral for a Friend & Love Lies Bleeding & Candle in the Wind - Elton John
… and then the “absolute must play these two tracks together award” goes to Brain Damage & Eclipse - Pink Floyd
You can really add almost any pairing from Dark Side of the Moon, or any other prog rock concept album or rock opera. A lot of Pink Floyd or Dream Theater stuff can fall into this catagory.
Anyway… for years I have wanted a way to link two songs together in iTunes so that they are not played apart from one-another when I am listening on random. Honestly, a little part of my soul dies every time I hear Brain Damage and it isn’t followed by Eclipse.
Turns out there is a way! It just isn’t very intuitive.
The trick is to use the “Join CD Tracks” function in iTunes before you rip the CD to your computer, or if you don’t own the CD, burn the tracks to a CD, and then rip them back to your computer using the “Join CD Tracks” tool. This is actually easy to do… it’s just annoying, but for some songs, it’s worth it.
Rip - the act of copying content from solid media. Basically, this is copying music from a CD, or a video from a DVD.
You can follow these instruction to do so:
1. Put the CD into your drive.
2. In iTunes, click on the CD, so that you are viewing the track list from that album.
3. Hold down the “Apple” button, or “Control/ Ctrl” button if you are on a PC, and select the consecutive tracks that you would like to merge.
4. While keeping those tracks selected, go up to the top of the screen, and click on “Advanced.”
6. Import the CD to iTunes normally.
7. (Optional) If you had to re-rip the album to your computer, you might want to delete the old tracks so that you do not have duplicates.
Give it a shot, it isn’t difficult to do. It just doesn’t feel natural.
It would be nice if Apple added a feature to join tracks together without having to do it from a CD… for now, this works.