Cut music file without quality loss

cyberpunk

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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.
 

charlieegan3

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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.
 

cyberpunk

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MP3 already has lost fidelity.
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.
 
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Peace

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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
You mentioned MP3 in your unedited original post.
 
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calguy

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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.
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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