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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes Apps
If you want to cut an interesting portion of a very long podcast or song, you can follow these steps:
  1. Click the podcast or song in iTunes
  2. Select Get Info from the File menu
  3. Click Options
  4. Check the Start Time box and enter the start time of the portion you want to extract
  5. Check the Stop Time box and enter the stop time of the portion you want to extract
  6. Click OK
  7. Select Convert Selection to AAC from the Advanced menu
After following these steps, iTunes will create a new file containing only the desired portion of the original file. Now you can either remove the original file or keep it. If you want to keep the original file, click it, select Get Info from the File menu, click Options, uncheck Start Time, uncheck Stop Time, and click OK.

[robg adds: The Convert Selection to menu may differ, depending on your import preferences.]
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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: DougAdams on Aug 10, '06 11:17:42AM
You might be interested in this pair of AppleScripts to help with this procedure. Player Position to Start or Stop sets the Start or Stop time of the currently loaded track to the time of the paused player position. Copy From Start to Stop will make a copy of the selected track using its Start and Stop times as the beginning and ending of the new file.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/

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URL Update
Authored by: desaiguilles on Jan 24, '10 07:01:15AM
Player Position to Start or Stop v1.1
Edited on Jan 24, '10 07:02:42AM by desaiguilles


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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: Akira on Aug 10, '06 01:01:12PM

There was a hint some time ago explaining how to cut songs in two (useful for hidden tracks) using exactly the same steps.
Of course why would it be any different for podcasts.



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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes deja vu
Authored by: DougAdams on Aug 10, '06 01:19:18PM
You know, I thought I had posted the same reply above before also. I did a search and this hint from Jan '05 is the one I think we remember.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/

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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 10, '06 04:16:48PM

Does this re-encode (cross-coding in other words) the file, or is it really a clipping?



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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: Akira on Aug 11, '06 07:40:03AM

If I'm not mistaken, it re-encodes it. So you probably lose some quality...



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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 11, '06 09:57:28AM

This seems quite useful but when keeping the original podcast the new file is still a podcast even though it will not show up in the podcast directory. You can only find it via the search box or a smart playlist since it will not show up in the main library either.

Once found, you will want to change the artist to something different (otherwise it will not show up in the main library), maybe change title, album and genre (away from podcast) as well.

Now the file still sits 'physically' in the podcast directory (which might cause problems). To fix that, drag it on the desktop, delete it in iTunes and drag it back into iTunes.

My procedure up to to now was to use Audio Hijack Pro, where the timing has to be done manually but where the file can be automatically added to the library and when tagged properly before recording will end up up right away in the right place.



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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: DougAdams on Aug 11, '06 10:54:36AM
If you are interested in re-adding files to the Podcasts playlist, you may want try the AppleScript Re-Add Selected Tracks as Podcast. It fools iTunes into thinking the file has been downloaded over the internet by re-importing it from your Sites folder as an RSS feed. You must have Personal Web Sharing turned on.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/

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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: feaverish on Aug 11, '06 12:58:04PM
As someone mentioned, converting the song or podcast will re-encode it, and you will lose some quality. The only way I know of to actually trim an mp3 file without losing any quality is mp3trimmer. Obviously, it's mp3-only, so it doesn't work on AAC files, but for mp3s (even variable bit-rate mp3s) it works perfectly, and with no quality loss.

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Cut portions of podcasts or songs in iTunes
Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 15, '06 04:29:41PM

If the goal is to get an excerpt, without harming the original or re-compressing the audio, how about this:

With podcast selected in your iTunes list, type CMD-R. This Reveals the file in Finder.

CMD-C to Copy.

CMD-V to Paste.

CMD-O to open [if iTunes is default opener for that file; otherwise, drag to iTunes?]

Change options as described above. Note you only have to change those options once, to the copy you pasted. Original remains unscathed.

Seems a tiny bit more efficient this way, but the main thing is you don't add artifacts to the sound by re-compressing it. Main attraction to me is that you don't need a mouse much.



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