How To Set Up Audio Playback Preferences in iTunes

iTunes is the most recognized music player application on a computer. And with the popularity of the iPod, iPad and, of course, the iPhone, it’s the most popular music player program on most computers today. But how best to use iTunes to listen to music?

Well, iTunes has tons of different listening features. Once you work through some of the awesome listening features in iTunes, you will be able to configure iTunes to fit its preferences to your liking. It’s pretty easy to set up and use iTunes, and once you get an idea of how iTunes works, you can change preferences around and come back to them pretty easy to change back or remove.

The best way to set up iTunes playback features is to launch the iTunes preferences on your computer. On a Windows computer, you go to Edit, Preferences.

iTunes preferences

On an Apple Macintosh computer, you go to iTunes, Preferences, and Click the Playback tab. Here you can configure some of the fun and important playback features that are built into your iTunes program.


I prefer to select Crossfade songs because I like my music to flow with a dissolve between songs, kind of like how a DJ would be mixing music but not that elaborate. It basically eliminates the gaps of silence between the two songs smoothly.

You can select the amount of Crossfade you want from 1 – to 12. I prefer to move the slider all the way to 12 to get the most out of the Crossfade feature. If the slider is to the right, then your music will overlap more, and you’ll notice when a song is finishing or fading out, and the next song will start fading up, and you’ll hear both tracks together briefly until the previous song finishes, and the next track is all the way up. If the slider is to the left, your music will fade out much faster.

So select the Crossfade Songs tab if you like this feature and you want your songs to flow from one to another without any breaks in between. You can always turn this feature off if it gets annoying, but I’m sure once you discover this feature and hear what it does to your music, you will love it.

It’s perfect during parties or dinners with friends or just for listening to music on your own as your music will be non-stop. Also, don’t worry if you’re playing CDs directly in your iTunes or playing MP3s or audio files from a CD-R or DVD-R in your iTunes.

The Crossfade feature won’t affect that music, but only the music imported into your iTunes music library.

Sound Enhancer

I also prefer to select Sound Enhancer because it really does boost up the sound of your music. This is especially great for older recordings/CDs that you might have imported because those usually sound very FLAT. Well, the Sound Enhancer feature should help those FLAT songs and boost up or enhances the sound of those FLAT songs and make them sound more alive!

Same as the Crossfade, you can control the amount of Sound Enhancer you want, but I select to go all the way up to the 12. I like my music to sound as best as it can, so I make sure my Sound Enhancer is boosted up all the way! If you think your music is not sounding as good, then just uncheck the Sound Enhancer button or lower it by sliding the slider to the amount you want.

Sound Check

Now, this is where it gets most important. Always make sure you have Sound Check checked/selected so that all your music sounds level. If Sound Check is not selected or checked, then when you play songs in playlists, you know songs from one CD that was released in 2021 and one from 1979, then those songs will sound off. One song will be louder, the other lower.

When Sound Check is selected, then iTunes will make sure to level those songs and get as close to outputting the sound as close as possible. Basically, iTunes selects a master audio level and makes sure all your music is output at that same master level. So you don’t keep lowering the volume here and increasing the volume there. It’s very important that Sound Check is selected or checked.

Once you have done all of the above, then you are ready to hit save to save your changes in the Playback Preferences, so you can enjoy your music with the changes you set up in your iTunes Playback Preferences.

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