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Use iTunes to trim music and sound files
Authored by: tobyc on Jan 03, '05 10:57:03AM

If you encode from a lossy format like MP3 or AAC to another lossy format you will generally see a degradation in the sound quality. I wouldn't really reccomend this hint if your original sound files are of low quality like 128k or even 256k.

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Use iTunes to trim music and sound files
Authored by: DougAdams on Jan 03, '05 11:56:54AM

This hint works best when importing from CD. Or long AIFF from vinyl or other recording source.

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Authored by: gidds on Jan 03, '05 07:49:02PM
If the file is a lossless one (AIFF, WAV, ALE, &c), then it's probably easier and certainly more precise to use a proper audio editor.  (I use the shareware Amadeus, which is very powerful, but for something simple like that there are many free ones such as Audacity.)

And if the file is an MP3, then better to use an app that can trim it without decompressing and recompressing, such as the rather good MP3Trimmer.

Unfortunately, I don't know of any apps that can trim other lossily-compressed files (AAC, Ogg, &c) without recompressing — anyone know of one?


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