| By Fred Langa |
Windows Media Player (WMP) has evolved enormously since its humble beginnings, but not all its improvements are easy to find.
For example, you can control the default two-second silence WMP adds between tracks — but only if you know where Microsoft buried the setting.
Adjusting track-spacing in Windows Media Player
Reader Sid Crisp is experiencing frustration with WMP.
- “I am wondering if there is a way of stopping Windows Media Player from adding a two-second gap between tracks when ripping CDs. I have found that it sometimes does this even with mixed CDs, thus ruining the CD rip. Also, some CDs already have gaps; when WMP adds its own, the gap is extended even more. I don’t really want that excessive silence between tracks.
Yes, you can stop it. But the method depends on several variables, such as the version of Windows Media Player you’re using. For example, in WMP 12 (included with Windows 7), you click the Burn tab’s Options pull-down menu (shown in Figure 1) and select More burn options.
Figure 1. In Windows Media Player 12, use the More burn options menu to control the gaps between tracks.
When the burn options dialog box opens, click Burn CD without gaps (highlighted in Figure 2).