With LIST PLAY, I mean the setting in the menu PLAY MODE Here there are 4 options: LIST PLAY, REPEAT TRACK, SHUFFLE and REPEAT ALL. Gapless play only works when LIST PLAY is selected in the menu (PLAYBACK>PLAY MODE) - AND when an "Album" is selected in the menu MY MUSIC. (When you "Select All" in the menu PLAYBACK, and choose LIST PLAY in the menu PLAYBACK, gapless still does not work. Gapless also does not work when you do select an album in the My Music menu, but put PLAYBACK on SHUFFLE.) Maybe the developers thought that a 20ms fade would not be audible, but it is - leave alone the 35ms gap between mp3 files in Gapless play... The reason that the fades are so prominent, especially at the end of files, is that part of the file (300-500 ms) is actually cut off on top of that. This often results in a fade out when the music is still playing. But exactly the same fade is occurring at the beginning of all files when played in normal mode. When there is no silence at all at the start of the file, this is also audible. Note that fading (and cutting off half a second) does not occur when Gapless works. Unfortunately it only works with very specific settings. Hence my recommendation to make GAPLESS work with all selections and play settings. It would not harm anyone, since GAPLESS can always be turned off if it has undesired effects. Right now, normal play has undesired effects, which cannot be undone by turning on GAPLESS. Thanks for your remarks, especially about playing from a folder. I did not check that. I also did not check the performance when REPEAT ALL is selected - I will do that and come back with thte results.