Recommend software to split large mp3 into multiple tracks

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by sweejin, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. sweejin macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2011

    I have this large one hour mp3 track, which contains multiple songs. I would like to split and save that track into individual mp3 files. Can you recommend a software (preferably free) to do this?

  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. sweejin thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2011
  4. moderngamenewb macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    I use audacity and GarageBand to split. Although the mp3trimmer is good too
  5. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2014
    London, UK
    Another vote for Audacity - it's free and does exactly what you need.

    GarageBand is also included with Macs and is fairly powerful.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I would like to offer a reason as to why MP3Trimmer does the job in a manner far superior to either Audacity or GarageBand.

    MP3Trimmer works with the "native" mp3 file data.
    That is to say, it DOES NOT "decompress the mp3 file" before editing.
    No sound information/data "is lost" during the editing process.

    I believe if one uses Audacity, the app will do thus:
    a. DEcompress the mp3 file into wav or aif format
    b. allow you to edit it, then...
    c. RE-compress the file back to mp3.

    Since mp3 is a "lossy" format, the additional decompression-recompression will result in more sound data being "stripped out" of the file during the editing process.

    GarageBand certainly does this.

    Of course, if the user has no intention of re-compressing the sound file back to mp3 format, it won't make a difference.

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