How to edit an MP3 audio file

Whether it's a two-hour Grateful Dead concert or a 45-minute DJ mix, we all have an MP3 in our music collection that gets skipped for being too long. Tragically, there's usually one or two great songs in these recordings that would otherwise be in heavy rotation if they weren't tied to such a tediously long file.

Well, here we have a video and slideshow to show you how to cut these songs loose by opening up and editing your MP3s in Audacity (Windows version | Mac version). The whole process is relatively painless, and if you set it up correctly, you can easily drag and drop files directly from iTunes, chop them up and spit them back out.

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oldbkoke posted a comment   

Just what I need


kcdee posted a comment   

When trying to edit a song Audacity only shows 0.00 - 0.70 of any song I put into it, how can I edit when this is the case?


Steve posted a comment   

You can simply ask iTunes to only play a selected portion of the track. Synced iPod's will do likewise.

On the Mac, right click and choose 'Get Info'. Select the 'Options' tab and edit the 'Start Time' and Stop Time' fields.

That's it!

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