The playback gap that is driving me out of my mind.
Listen, Pretty. Odd. by Panic! At the Disco is one of the best albums ever. But let's move past that.
The first 2 tracks of the album are meant to be gapless playback. When I listed to it the first hundred times, they were a seamless flow of sound and it was glorious.
Sometime about a year ago, a 1-second gap appeared between them. Was it that I deleted the album and re-downloaded from iCloud to fix a sync problem? Was it upgrading to iTunes 11? I don't know. What I do know is that I have spent hours of my life trying to make the insanity stop.
First, there is no gap in the tracks themselves. Adjusting the start or stop time on the tracks does nothing but chop off song.
Second, I have researched the hell out of iTunes now-gone "gapless playback" feature. They say it's supposed to "just know", but I suspect that the Panic! folks didn't properly mark it as gapless. I've tried manually hacking the XML file for my iTunes library to add the gapless tag and recompile from that, to no avail.
Third, I've tried other software, and I've tried software to stitch the tracks together. Both have kept the gap.
I swear to the gods I'm going to buy a waveform editor and manually edit the tracks millisecond by millisecond and stitch them together if I can't find a solution. I truly cannot listen to the album in its current state. Any ideas?