Why is the beginning of song clipped off on export?

On export to iTunes, the very first bit of the song is being clipped off... almost a seconds worth... I also tried exporting to disc and the same thing is happening; Have I missed a setting? If I play it back directly from GB it is fine...
(GB8 OS 10.4.10 2 Ghz MacBook Pro 1.5G ram)

Ours is not to reason why, ours but to record or die! I've spoken to professional recording engineers who have assured me that there is no need to start on bar 1.
Having to start on 2 or any other bar because of the clipped start on 1 is not an indication of a technical problem. In fact they also start later than bar 1 even though they don't have to. It's just good technique to leave a little breathing room at the beginning of the song.
And even if it is a glitch, the only prescription is more cowbell! No, I mean the only fix is to start on bar 2. It's also helpful if you want to change the intro without having to move the whole song. I had the clipping problem the same day I bought the computer, so I doubt that it's a technical problem.

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