iTunes 12: Join Tracks When Importing CDs

I’ve been getting lots of emails about the “Join CD Tracks” option in iTunes 12. If you insert a CD in your drive, then select it in iTunes, there is an Options menu near the top-right of the window. Select the tracks you want to join, then click that menu and choose Join CD Tracks.

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Click the Import button, and iTunes will join the selected tracks.

Note that the Join CD Tracks menu item will not display if the CD is not sorted in track order. To make sure that it is, check that there’s a ^ in the column header above the track numbers.

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If not, click that header, and make sure that the track numbers are listed in increasing order (track 1 at the top).

80 thoughts on “iTunes 12: Join Tracks When Importing CDs

  1. It is a pity that this is limited to the import from CD (or at least I haven’t found a way). I sometimes have the need to join tracks that I received by other means (like right now I have 2 tracks recording during the same set of a live performance; sure iTunes groups them as album but still).

    Oh well, I’ll continue to use Audacity for that.

  2. It is a pity that this is limited to the import from CD (or at least I haven’t found a way). I sometimes have the need to join tracks that I received by other means (like right now I have 2 tracks recording during the same set of a live performance; sure iTunes groups them as album but still).

    Oh well, I’ll continue to use Audacity for that.

  3. Even after selecting all the tracks, the “Join CD tracks” does not appear on my Options menu, just the “Get” and “Submit” choices. Something has changed.

    • I’ve heard from a few people who are seeing what you describe. I have no idea what might be happening. Maybe try re-installing iTunes. If that fixes it, please post a comment, because I can’t think of any logical reason for this.

  4. Even after selecting all the tracks, the “Join CD tracks” does not appear on my Options menu, just the “Get” and “Submit” choices. Something has changed.

    • I’ve heard from a few people who are seeing what you describe. I have no idea what might be happening. Maybe try re-installing iTunes. If that fixes it, please post a comment, because I can’t think of any logical reason for this.

  5. I am having the same problem with joining tracks when importing a new cd on my windows 7 machine with iTunes 12. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling – didn’t work. I put in an old CD which I previously joined tracks on in iTunes 11. I know when you do that it will show that the tracks were joined in iTunes. It did show that particular CD as having been joined since it was in the music library. However, when I unjoined the tracks I couldn’t re-join them because the join option was not available. In other words, unjoin option available but join option not.
    Join option works with both CD’s using iTunes 12 on my iMac

    • Simply need to clink on the first column to ensure all items are in numerical order, then the join tracks will work. Most CD’s will be sorted, others won’t. Those that are not auto sorted you’ll need to manually sort, then Join Tracks will appear!

  6. I am having the same problem with joining tracks when importing a new cd on my windows 7 machine with iTunes 12. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling – didn’t work. I put in an old CD which I previously joined tracks on in iTunes 11. I know when you do that it will show that the tracks were joined in iTunes. It did show that particular CD as having been joined since it was in the music library. However, when I unjoined the tracks I couldn’t re-join them because the join option was not available. In other words, unjoin option available but join option not.
    Join option works with both CD’s using iTunes 12 on my iMac

    • Simply need to clink on the first column to ensure all items are in numerical order, then the join tracks will work. Most CD’s will be sorted, others won’t. Those that are not auto sorted you’ll need to manually sort, then Join Tracks will appear!

  7. reinstalled one more time and presto join tracks appears! This time i uninstalled, rebooted and reinstalled, rebooted

  8. reinstalled one more time and presto join tracks appears! This time i uninstalled, rebooted and reinstalled, rebooted

  9. Even if you are seeing the tracks from your CD in order, you will not see this option when you select tracks, and click the Options menu UNLESS… you first click the column heading above the track numbers. So here’s the procedure:

    1. Click the column header above the track number (This column heading is blank).
    2. Select the contiguous tracks you with to combine.
    3. Click “Options”
    4. Click “Joing CD Tracks”

    Hope this helps.

    • Thank you, Darrin. I have one computer that we haven’t updated the iTunes on for over a year now because we couldn’t figure how to do this on the new iTunes versions. I work for a music ministry in a church and accompaniment trax for collections come with approx 100 traxs for 11 songs. It is the biggest mess, but you want your soloist to have a good acc trax to practice with so you have to join tracks as you import otherwise you are joining them manually and painstakingly in guitar band. Someone trying to be nice updated iTunes on this machine, and I was about to cry because I was looking at a stack of new trax to import for a new musical. THANK YOU!!!! You have saved me hours and hours of work and taught me that I can do this now on all of our other computers as well!!

    • Thank you many many times; Now I need to find out if I can split a disc of 12 tracks into three entities

      • Yes you can split a CD into separate entities thus 12 tracks became three entities BUT you must identify each entity BEFORE starting to import otherwise iTunes imports the first combined entity and then goes on to import the other tracks. In other words it does not just import the joined tracks but then goes on the import remaining tracks as singletons

      • If they are not yet joined, simply select the tracks and join them.

        If they are joined, unjoin the tracks, then rejoin as you want them.

    • This still does not work for me. I cannot get any Join commands. All I can do is import, then select the tracks in music, then Consolidate Tracks. I don’t know how they’re going to play on the iPod. I hope Consolidate is the same thing as Join.

    • Darrin,
      Mahalo for your post. After years of figuring out the horrors of iTunes on my own I was stumped by this one. And there was zero help until your post. It was the track number click that did it. Simple as that. Massive aloha!
      Melina

    • Darrin,
      Thanks ever so much for your very clear and very precise instructions! It solved a problem for me that I had encountered intermittently over the past year. It just leads me to wonder why, despite numerous inquiries, it was never possible to get such a straightforward answer from iTunes or other Apple “help” sites. Thanks once again.

  10. Even if you are seeing the tracks from your CD in order, you will not see this option when you select tracks, and click the Options menu UNLESS… you first click the column heading above the track numbers. So here’s the procedure:

    1. Click the column header above the track number (This column heading is blank).
    2. Select the contiguous tracks you with to combine.
    3. Click “Options”
    4. Click “Joing CD Tracks”

    Hope this helps.

    • Thank you, Darrin. I have one computer that we haven’t updated the iTunes on for over a year now because we couldn’t figure how to do this on the new iTunes versions. I work for a music ministry in a church and accompaniment trax for collections come with approx 100 traxs for 11 songs. It is the biggest mess, but you want your soloist to have a good acc trax to practice with so you have to join tracks as you import otherwise you are joining them manually and painstakingly in guitar band. Someone trying to be nice updated iTunes on this machine, and I was about to cry because I was looking at a stack of new trax to import for a new musical. THANK YOU!!!! You have saved me hours and hours of work and taught me that I can do this now on all of our other computers as well!!

    • Thank you many many times; Now I need to find out if I can split a disc of 12 tracks into three entities

      • Yes you can split a CD into separate entities thus 12 tracks became three entities BUT you must identify each entity BEFORE starting to import otherwise iTunes imports the first combined entity and then goes on to import the other tracks. In other words it does not just import the joined tracks but then goes on the import remaining tracks as singletons

      • If they are not yet joined, simply select the tracks and join them.

        If they are joined, unjoin the tracks, then rejoin as you want them.

    • This still does not work for me. I cannot get any Join commands. All I can do is import, then select the tracks in music, then Consolidate Tracks. I don’t know how they’re going to play on the iPod. I hope Consolidate is the same thing as Join.

    • Darrin,
      Mahalo for your post. After years of figuring out the horrors of iTunes on my own I was stumped by this one. And there was zero help until your post. It was the track number click that did it. Simple as that. Massive aloha!
      Melina

    • Darrin,
      Thanks ever so much for your very clear and very precise instructions! It solved a problem for me that I had encountered intermittently over the past year. It just leads me to wonder why, despite numerous inquiries, it was never possible to get such a straightforward answer from iTunes or other Apple “help” sites. Thanks once again.

  11. I’m on iTunes 12.0.1.26 and the Options/CD menus at the top right are no longer there when loading a CD. A real pain when tying to load an audiobook.

      • Finally gave up and found “Chapter and Verse” a free app that let’s you rip multiple mp3 tracks, and then put them together into one audiobook file that can be added to the iTunes library. It’s a pretty good app for free.

    • I have the same problem, does anyone have an idea how to get the cd showing? For me this is in itunes 12.0.1.26 with a mac.

  12. I’m on iTunes 12.0.1.26 and the Options/CD menus at the top right are no longer there when loading a CD. A real pain when tying to load an audiobook.

      • Finally gave up and found “Chapter and Verse” a free app that let’s you rip multiple mp3 tracks, and then put them together into one audiobook file that can be added to the iTunes library. It’s a pretty good app for free.

    • I have the same problem, does anyone have an idea how to get the cd showing? For me this is in itunes 12.0.1.26 with a mac.

  13. I’m trying to load an audiobook into iTunes 12.0.1.26. I know that unless it’s genre is classified as “book”, when I listen to it on my iPod, it does not keep a bookmark, so that when I listen to something else and then go back to that book, I pick up where I left off – I don’t have to start from the beginning and figure out where I left off. Loading an audiobook does not automatically put in the correct genre. Trying to correct the genre is possible but very complicated. I have had to call Apple 3 times and thought I remembered how to do it but didn’t. The techie I just spoke to is sending me some articles but advised I go to an Apple store and take a class on iTunes.

    • I’ll be interested in seeing what people reply, Rayf. I would like to have this option as well. Sorry I don’t personally have an answer for you. Should the info you get from tech be helpful, could you please share it?

    • It’s not about the genre. You need to select the track(s), press Command-I, click the Options tab, then, in the Media Kind menu, choose Audiobook.

  14. I’m trying to load an audiobook into iTunes 12.0.1.26. I know that unless it’s genre is classified as “book”, when I listen to it on my iPod, it does not keep a bookmark, so that when I listen to something else and then go back to that book, I pick up where I left off – I don’t have to start from the beginning and figure out where I left off. Loading an audiobook does not automatically put in the correct genre. Trying to correct the genre is possible but very complicated. I have had to call Apple 3 times and thought I remembered how to do it but didn’t. The techie I just spoke to is sending me some articles but advised I go to an Apple store and take a class on iTunes.

    • I’ll be interested in seeing what people reply, Rayf. I would like to have this option as well. Sorry I don’t personally have an answer for you. Should the info you get from tech be helpful, could you please share it?

    • It’s not about the genre. You need to select the track(s), press Command-I, click the Options tab, then, in the Media Kind menu, choose Audiobook.

  15. Is there a way to join tracks from two CDs?

    My example: I am uploading Harry Potter for my dyslexic son. We are doing associated schoolwork and wish to be able to easily access specific chapters. I would like to Join Tracks to make each (larger track) be one complete chapter. However, some chapters are divided between discs ( 5A-5N is on Disc 2, but 5O is on Disc 3.) Is there a way to join the tracks in this fashion? I would like 5A – 5O to all be on ipod track.

    Thank you sooo much for your consideration and for this very helpful page. It solved the dilemma I was having in finding Join Tracks at all.

    • You can use Doug Adam’s Join Together to do that. It lets you join tracks that are already ripped, or from different discs; or ever join, say, an entire multi-CD audiobook into one long track.

      • Thank you for such a prompt reply and good info! I only have Windows OS besides a few iPads and iPhones and an iPod Nano. Do you know of something similar for PCs?

  16. Is there a way to join tracks from two CDs?

    My example: I am uploading Harry Potter for my dyslexic son. We are doing associated schoolwork and wish to be able to easily access specific chapters. I would like to Join Tracks to make each (larger track) be one complete chapter. However, some chapters are divided between discs ( 5A-5N is on Disc 2, but 5O is on Disc 3.) Is there a way to join the tracks in this fashion? I would like 5A – 5O to all be on ipod track.

    Thank you sooo much for your consideration and for this very helpful page. It solved the dilemma I was having in finding Join Tracks at all.

    • You can use Doug Adam’s Join Together to do that. It lets you join tracks that are already ripped, or from different discs; or ever join, say, an entire multi-CD audiobook into one long track.

      • Thank you for such a prompt reply and good info! I only have Windows OS besides a few iPads and iPhones and an iPod Nano. Do you know of something similar for PCs?

  17. When I put in a audiobook cd I don’t get any of the options that are supposed to be on the top right hand side. Anyone know why. Tring to join tracks and I’m using the newest version.

  18. When I put in a audiobook cd I don’t get any of the options that are supposed to be on the top right hand side. Anyone know why. Tring to join tracks and I’m using the newest version.

  19. Thank you. What I found I had to do is that when the CD was inserted, do not import yet, select the track numbers like you would in an Excel spreadsheet which will highlight the tracks, then Join CD tracks appeared under options. This worked great for a single CD and still working on the joining multiple CD’s within iTunes…

  20. Thank you. What I found I had to do is that when the CD was inserted, do not import yet, select the track numbers like you would in an Excel spreadsheet which will highlight the tracks, then Join CD tracks appeared under options. This worked great for a single CD and still working on the joining multiple CD’s within iTunes…

  21. Has anyone found the solution to this yet as there is no options function, no little pointing upwards arrow at the top of columns, or any other option. I have several audio cd’s I want to upload. Thanks in advance

  22. Has anyone found the solution to this yet as there is no options function, no little pointing upwards arrow at the top of columns, or any other option. I have several audio cd’s I want to upload. Thanks in advance

  23. It seems that this is no longer an option in 12.8.3 – selected multiple tracks (in order) and clicked the gear icon and the join option is not there.

  24. Steps 5-7 solves the “join tracks” problem… by going to the Options tab and selecting “audiobook” instead of the default “music” it AUTOMATICALLY joins the track as soon as you select “audiobook” in “Get Info”

    1. Open iTunes.
    2. Put in (first) Audiobook CD (if there are multiple disks). Then the following directions for each CD
    3. Wait for the tracks to appear onscreen
    4. Tell the pop-up “No”. Don’t auto import, you’ll need to customized settings and info, so stop it from importing at this time.
    5. Ctr-A to select all tracks
    6. Right click on selected tracks and “Get Info”
    7. Immediately go to the “Options” tab and select “Audiobook”… This will automatically “join the tracks”. Tracks must be in correct order under the first (leftmost) column or they will not join or play in correct order. Sometimes they aren’t if you’ve accidentally clicked them out of order.
    8. Then the “Details” tab. (All inputted data must match exactly the same for each CD imported from a single book)
    9. Input book “title”
    10. Input author
    11. Input genre as “audiobook” (can change to romance, etc. later)
    12. Input “Disk Number” of “Total Disks”
    13. Check out if info is correct under the “Sorting” tab. Make sure Chapters are listed as “Title + Disk no. of TotalDisk no.”

  25. 14. Then the “Artwork” tab, “Add Artwork” (file saved from image search saved to Pictures> 1-Books n Authors)
    15. Click OK and see that all the tracks are joined (by a vertical line) and that the info is like you want it… also matching the other CDs from the same audiobook. (Right click and go back to “Get Info” if you need to change anything)
    16. Now select “Import CD”
    17. Import settings will pop up. Use AAC Encoder and “Custom Settings” of 32 mono/ 64 stereo and 22,050 bit rate. High Efficiency using voice filtering. Larger no. speeds are not needed for spoken word.
    18. Also check “Use error correction”… it does make a slight difference.

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