New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on December 27, 2023) follows:

Apple Music offers several music streaming advantages including premium radio programming and high-definition lossless music.

Another important feature is the Gapless playback that is used for playing your music files continuously without any breaks or silence in between them.

However, many prospective customers are currently concerned about this feature as it has stopped working properly for them.

Apple Music Gapless playback issue in iOS 16.2

Resultantly, they have now (1,2,3,4,5,6) taken to social media platforms and community forums to report that the issues related to the Gapless Playback option were triggered by the iOS 16.2 update.


Since 16.2 there have been gaps between songs on albums that should transition seamlessly. Anyone else?

Ive just updated to iOS 16.2. It appears that the same problem that occurred with iOS 15.4 now occurs, where every other song played on Apple Music on a live album or Gapless mix inserts a half second gap between every other song.

It seems that there is now a slight pause between songs when listening to a live album or Gapless mix on Apple Music. This seemingly defeats the entire purpose of the feature.

Do note that a similar issue was triggered by the iOS 15.4 update as well and has now re-emerged with the iOS 16.2 update.

For some, music is also stopping halfway and not resuming later on the OG HomePod. This could potentially be related to the Gapless Playback option too.

The issue is reportedly known

One of the affected users reached out to Apple support and the team confirmed that a fix is underway. However, there is no ETA for a fix yet.


Some affected users have tried disabling Lossless Audio and Sound Check as a temporary workaround. But it hasn’t really helped solve the issue.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this article as and when something noteworthy comes up.

In the meantime, you can check out our dedicated iOS 16 update tracker where we have mentioned all the bugs and issues affecting iPhone users and their solutions if any.

Update 1 (January 24, 2023)

12:50 pm (IST): Reports (1,2,3,4) suggest that iOS 16.3 update has finally resolved the Gapless Playback issue on Apple Music.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Apple section, so be sure to follow them as well.

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