Apple has a tendency of doing things that just constitute icing on the cake. Like, recently I discovered that when I started a video chat, it conveniently paused my iTunes track that was playing so that I could hear the other person talk, and resumed it again when I stopped chatting.
One of Apple’s most recent icing on the cake features is Gapless Playback in iTunes and iPod. That is to say, Apple has finally removed the nasty little half second gap between songs that plagues most computer-based music, and iPod fans in particular. Having applied the iPod updates, I’m pleased to discover that the fruits of Apple’s big iPod/iTunes announcements this week have trickled down to us older users.
However, while music aficionados are praising Apple for Gapless playback in opera, classical, and live music, my ultimate playback challenge is of course Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd music has that timeless appeal of the concept album, and more often than not songs fluidly flow from one into the other in an atmospheric treat for the ears. I was thrilled to discover that Dark Side of the Moon played perfectly in iTunes 7, and more thrilled to discover that it played flawlessly on the iPod as well. Glad I didn’t have to upgrade to get this feature! Thank you Apple!