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What is the best (free) MP3 file splitter software?

Asked by mattbrowne (31456 points ) February 1st, 2013

I use my Comag SL 40 digital satellite receiver to make recordings stored on a large USB stick. In Europe we also have satellite radio, but my receiver only stores video files. Now I have found a way to convert the video files to MP3 files using VLC. I prefer recording for at least an hour and then want to cut out everything in the MP3 file I don’t like. There are numerous MP3 tools that allow doing this and I’m not sure which one to use. Many get poor rating on websites like download.cnet.com

Any experience you can share with me?

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njnyjobs's avatar

I use Format Factory. Very versatile…and FREE!l

DeanV's avatar

Audacity is probably the way to go, unless I’m misunderstanding exactly what you want to do.

RareDenver's avatar

I second Audacity one of the greatest free audio tools in the entire multiverse

mattbrowne's avatar

Thanks for your suggestions. I’ll try both tools. I think most splitters can be asked to search for pauses between titles. I was wondering if some of them are smart enough to cut out talk from radio announcers and just preserve the music…

mattbrowne's avatar

Okay, I tried Audacity and it’s full of features I don’t really need. I just need a begin/end function that generates a new smaller MP3 file. Isn’t there something much simpler?

mattbrowne's avatar

I tried two smaller tools:

1) MP3 Cutter from MP3 Toolkit (crashes when loading files larger than 50 MB)
2) MP3 Cutter Plus 1.0 from ASoftware (requires clicking on mark begin and mark end during song)

Sunbear's avatar

I’ve been pretty happy with this simple and free tool

Please note that they do have a paid version with more features,
but this free one is all that many will need.

mattbrowne's avatar

Thanks, @Sunbear – So far the Cutter Plus is working fine. Norton warned me during the installation, though. It seems to be a rather unknown, but actually safe free tool.

muhammajelly's avatar

I haven’t bothered to do it but my idea here was to use some “identify-this-track” software in a script to determine the known duration, start, and end of the track. Then cut it out using some command line tool.

mattbrowne's avatar

@muhammajelly – Radio stations often don’t play songs track by track. The guy behind the microphones can’t keep their mouths shut. They still talk when a song begins and they start talking before a song ends.

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