When you are playing music, you can cross-fade audio tracks and reduce volume differences between songs using the "Crossfading and auto volume leveling" control, shown in Figure 8-17. Cross-fading gives you a smooth, gradual transition between songs on your playlist. When you turn on cross-fading, the volume at the end of a song fades out by gradually decreasing and the volume of the next song fades in and gradually increases. To enable and configure cross-fading, click "Turn on Crossfading" and then move the slider to select the amount of overlap time you want between the song ending and the song starting (if any).
If your songs play at different volume levels, you can have Windows Media Player normalize the volume for you so that you don't have to adjust it manually when a new song starts. To do so, click "Turn on Auto Volume Leveling." Both of these features work only with audio files that are in Windows Media or MP3 format and contain volume-leveling information. This information is added automatically when you rip audio into your media library.
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