Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope

A track may refer to any of the following:

Skip track button

1. When referring to an audio CD or digital album, a track is a section of a CD containing a single full song. Tracks allow the person who is listening to the album to skip to the beginning of any song at any time. The picture is an example of the skip track button found in software programs and on remotes.


When listening to MP3 files or songs online you're dealing with files and not tracks. Track buttons are still used but go to the previous or next song or video file. The term "track" is only used when dealing with physical media like a compact disc.

Track on a hard drive

2. A track is also a data storage ring on a computer floppy diskette or hard drive that can store information. The illustration shows how a circular track goes all around the platter and contains sectors. Each track is numbered starting from the outside and is logged in the FAT (file allocation table).

3. A track may also refer to a person who or service that follows you. For example, an online advertising service may track your online search behaviors to help deliver relevant advertising.

4. When referring to HTML, the <track> tag is used to designate text tracks for both the <audio> and <video> elements.

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