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How do I remove the gaps between songs on Spotify?

remove the gaps between songs on Spotify
Endless stream: you can knock out the gaps between Spotify tracks

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Spotify is great audio wallpaper, but could you do without the awkward silences? If you’ve got a pumping playlist of hip-hop hits that you use to help you get around that morning jog in the park, you might not want three-second gaps between every track. How do you remove the gaps between songs on Spotify so that every track sounds like it’s being mixed together by a DJ?

Using crossfade to remove the gaps between songs on Spotify

The feature you’re looking for is called “crossfade”, and you’d be forgiven for failing to notice it in Spotify because it’s tucked away in the app’s Advanced Settings.

To get to those in the desktop app:

  1. Click on the down arrow next to your profile picture
  2. Click Settings
  3. Scroll right down to the bottom of the Settings menu until you see the Show Advanced Settings button
  4. Under Playback use the button to turn Crossfade on
  5. You can select the duration by which you wish the tracks to overlap – the default five seconds works well, but you can obviously experiment

The settings are nigh-on identical in the mobile app, except here they appear in the main Settings menu and the setting is called Gapless.

Spotify

Note that on both desktop and mobile you’ll see an additional setting called Automix that lets Spotify blend songs in a playlist seamlessly into one another. Here you don’t get to select the crossfade duration, but in my tests Spotify did a stand-up job of knowing when to fade in and out.

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at barry@bigtechquestion.com.

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