Cut music file without quality loss

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  1. cyberpunk macrumors newbie

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    Is there an application that will cut a music file without having to re-encode.

    I want to cut/split? a single music track into separate smaller tracks. I could use audacity but this will result in a loss of audio quality.

    If I import a lossless file into audacity, cut it and export to lossless will this result in lower quality?

    I am also looking for a similar application for video files.
     
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  3. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    You can cop and change the files all you want but by decreasing file size you almost always loose quality in one way or another.
     
  4. cyberpunk, Aug 14, 2012
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    cyberpunk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    who mentioned mp3.... what knowledge did you just part by sharing this.

    I understand that mp3 is lossy. but if I were a person who did not know that, after reading your sentence I still wouldn't know. So what was the point in replying.
     
  5. Peace, Aug 14, 2012
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    You mentioned MP3 in your unedited original post.
     
  6. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

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    Fission by Rogue Amoeba does that. Great program.
     
  7. calguy, Aug 17, 2012
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    I use QT 7 Pro with Lion or any other OS X. It works well with any mp3 file. Edit the file or just copy a section and do a com-n and paste so you have a new file without changing the original. If the original is in iTunes, even if it was a DL from the store, QT 7 is allowed to open it. When saving, it just keeps the original source and doesn't encode again unless you want to change the file to AIFF ( lossless ) or another type with export file option. And yes it works the same for video files which is why it is still so popular. QT X can edit but only has a trim feature which seems to work but I haven't really used it much.
    If I want to do many changes to an audio file I use Peak LE 7 which has a lot more options. It is a smaller version of their pro app.
     

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