“How to Merge Audio Tracks in iTunes” may seem a bit off topic from what I normally write about. However, I am a complete self-professed tech geek. As a parent, I use technology all the time. Whether it’s showing off our photos on Apple TV or creating digital scrapbooks.
Tonight, I was importing a couple of my sons’ audio books into our iTunes library. One of the short picture books was broken down into multiple tracks. Seriously? I didn’t want different tracks for a 10-minute story.
I searched the web, but all I found were outdated answers for past iTunes versions. So here is the correct, current answer to the question:
How Do I Merge Audio Tracks in iTunes 11.0?
1. Insert the CD
This may seem self-explanatory; however, you’d be surprised how many people need to be told this.
Note: You cannot merge tracks once they are in your iTunes library. You can burn them onto a CD and then re-import that as a merged track.
2. Highlight the tracks you want to merge
When iTunes pulls up the CD information you want to merge, highlight the tracks you want to merge. You can do this by right-clicking the first track and then pressing the Shift key for the other tracks.
If you do not see the CD information, look in the left-hand side bar. Click on the CD, and the information will pull up.
3. Choose Options
In the upper right-hand corner of the iTunes window, you will see a button marked Options. Click on it to see the options.
4. Choose Merge CD Tracks
Click on Merge CD tracks. You will notice iTunes has now drawn a line connecting the independent tracks to show how they will be merged when imported.
5. Import your new track
Enjoy! Whether you’re consolidating an album to play continuously or connecting audio book tracks, it’s easy to merge the individual items in iTunes.