Join Songs in iTunes to Play Together as a Group When Shuffled
Do you want to join a group of songs together in iTunes to play together as a compilation even when iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC (or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod) is set to shuffle through a music collection?
For example, let’s say you have a large album you want to shuffle between, but you don’t want to shuffle other songs in iTunes.
That’s easy to accomplish in iTunes on Mac or PC, here is how to set this up:
How to Shuffle Joined Groups of Songs Together in iTunes
- Open iTunes if you have not done so already
- Select the songs you want to join together as a group with gapless playback
- Right-click on a song and choose “Get Info” to modify the group of songs
- Click on the “Options” tab, then set “Part of a compilation” to “Yes” and “Gapless album” to “Yes”
- Click “OK” to modify the track group
The selected songs are now linked together as a compilation and with gapless playback, meaning there won’t be any delays between one track ending and another starting. This also means if the song comes up in Shuffle, it will play as a gapless compilation rather than a single song.
Compiled songs will play together as groups even when synced to an iPod, iPad, or iPhone, and also when played through iTunes Home Sharing, though the individual tracks are not actually joined together into a single file.
This is a great setting to enable for albums or song groups that are meant to be played continuously where one song flows directly into the next, like Dark Side of the Moon.
Update: some users are having problems with this setting for whatever reason, apparently unchecking the “Part of a compilation” option fixes the gapless playback issue for many. This may depend on iTunes version, let us know what works for you in the comments!