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Lame Gapless iPod Touch, Gapless doesn't work over 'Home Sharing'
RobertoDomenico
post Mar 6 2012, 06:12
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Does anyone experience this issue that files encoded with Lame MP3 do not play back gapless on an iPod Touch over "Home Sharing"

Copying to the iPod Touch then gapless works fine.

I have tried different apps to encode to MP3 and 3 different iPods.

Any suggestions ?
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mjb2006
post Mar 7 2012, 04:57
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AAC and MP3 weren't designed for gapless playback; the encoding process adds some "junk" samples on each end of the file, and the decoding process adds some junk samples to the beginning of the playback stream. The player will know what the decoder added, so it will skip that junk, but it doesn't know what was added by the encoder unless the file is tagged somehow. The problem is that there's no standard way of tagging for this purpose. iTunes/QuickTime does it one way, LAME does it another. Apparently the iPod firmware hasn't been designed with support for gapless playback of files tagged with LAME's method. I would not fault LAME for this.
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