Gapless album

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A gapless album is a type of album in which some or all of the tracks are intended to be heard seamlessly without any pause. Instead of individual tracks being separated by a brief moment of silence, tracks transition directly into the next track without a pause in the sound. Joining tracks this way can be done for a number of reasons, such as splitting a piece's movements into individual tracks, or to help the cohesion of a concept album.

Examples of gapless albums
Album Artist
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here (1975) Pink Floyd
Animals (1977) Pink Floyd
The Wall (1979) Pink Floyd
The Final Cut (1983) Pink Floyd
American Idiot (2004) Green Day
Lateralus (2001) Tool
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012) Kendrick Lamar
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008) Coldplay
Mylo Xyloto (2011) Coldplay
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) The Beatles
Abbey Road (1969) The Beatles
The Beatles (White Album) (1968) The Beatles
Love (2006) The Beatles
Bookends (1968) Simon & Garfunkel
The E.N.D (2009) The Black Eyed Peas
2001 (1999) Dr. Dre
FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006) Justin Timberlake
Love Hate (2007) The-Dream
MCMXC a.D. (1990) Enigma

While gapless playback was relatively simple to achieve on traditional media formats, an early issue with computer-based formats such as MP3 was the lack of support for gapless playback, causing gapless albums to have short pauses in between each track. Beginning with the iTunes release of Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor, Apple attempted to fix this for their music players by releasing a version of the album where some tracks were merged into a single track to create the effect of gapless playback.[1] Apple adopted gapless playback and gapless album support wholesale with the release of iTunes 7.0 in late 2006, the latter to work with its cross-fade feature.[2] In 2007, Microsoft added gapless album support to its Zune client software.[3]


  1. ^ "Madonna and Apple experiment with gapless album: uninterrupted music.". Macworld. February 1, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. ^ McElhearn, Kirk (October 13, 2007). "iTunes Tags Demystified". Macworld. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  3. ^ McDougall, Paul (May 6, 2008). "Microsoft's Zune Store Adds South Park, Other TV Shows". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 

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