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Even though I have gapless playback enabled in Banshee's settings menu, there is a very short pause between songs. This might be due to the fact that my hard drive's partitions seem weird.

fdisk -l produces this output:

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x4a73c3cb

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048      409599      203776    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2          409600   724153740   361872070+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3      1456826368  1465145343     4159488    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda4       724154366  1456826367   366336001    5  Extended
Partition 4 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sda5      1440159744  1456826367     8333312   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6       724154368  1440159743   358002688   83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Playing mp3's from /dev/sda2 or /dev/sda6 produces this problem. I don't seem to have gapless playback on Rhythmbox or Clementine either, if those media players are supposed to have it.

I'm not sure what other info to provide. This is just annoying to me. Thanks for any help.

Edit: this is in Ubuntu 12.04

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Based on my on research, I think the problem is that I am using MP3, which is compressed. A small gap is added at the beginning and end of each MP3 track, so it is apparently impossible to get true gapless playback. See the wikipedia page on gapless playback. I have the same problem while using Music on Console, which also supports "gapless playback".

Unfortunately, I don't have a solution, either.

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It's not your hard disk. The problem is the software. Rhythmbox and Banshee both cannot do gapless playback even though they claim to. You might want to try another player like Audacious or Aqualung.

Gapless playback has been an issue on Linux ever since. Users have been asking for this to be default in a fresh Ubuntu install, but nothing happens. Developers simply don't like classical music or audiobooks. They only listen to chart crap and other popular music. And that's why gapless playback is rare on Linux. Because nerds don't have music taste.

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That sounds hard to believe, especially since there is a checkbox that says "enable gapless playback." Also, neither Audacious or Aqualung seem to have very good library managment, which was the main reason I switched to Banshee. Do you have any other suggestions? –  cg505 Oct 15 '12 at 0:40
    
While I don't agree with the "Nerds don't have music taste" idea, I really do have to wonder why developers that can make something as amazing as cmus or banshee, are too lazy to make a crossfading feature. Cause it's not hard to do. Fade one channel in, the other out, and have the second song start slightly before the first song ends. Guess I'll just have to manually mix songs I like until then... –  B1KMusic Aug 25 at 23:59

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