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Audio File Editing?

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I want an app that will let me cut parts out of audiobook files and then stick the leftovers together, without needing a PhD in quantum physics. Anyone able to recommend an app for this?
 

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That was my first stop, but you have to faff around with installing other ~things~ if you want it to work with .mp3 files and I really don't like clutter on my gaming PC. I might have to wait until I replace my aging linux box and use Audacity there. Just seems odd to me that a task so simple should be so hard to achieve; there are times when I need to use a combo of photoshop, GIMP and paint.net to get simple graphics stuff done.
 

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Apparently (and my brief try with it the other day backs this up), it can't both open and save mp3 files out of the box (it can do one or the other). You have to install the LAME codec back and some other ~stuff~.

I have some full-cast audio plays and just want to cut out the music where they spilt a single file up into episodes and then repeat the last part at the beginning of the new part, leaving me with a single file that has no musical interludes and no repeated dialogue. I was hoping someone might be able to recommend an app that literally let you drag across the soundwave image to select, delete the offending parts and click one button to stick the rest back together.

Software companies should hire me to tell them what's wrong with the crap they make. :p
 

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The software patent on LAME encoding library has expired, so now the LAME library for MP3 export is built-in with Audacity for Windows and Mac. Linux users will still need to download and install the free and recommended LAME third-party encoder to export MP3 files from Audacity.

Audacity literally does exactly the thing you are asking for.
 

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You know what would really help? If I could tell an mp3 file from an m4b file. :embarrassed:

The first few files on my to-do list are m4b, which to my simple brain is an mp3 file because Winamp plays them. Guess I'll have to go through my fairly large audiobook library and convert non-mp3 files, do the editing and then convert back if needed. Sorry I doubted you, Essi.
 

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I have no idea, beyond: because that's how they arrived on my hard drive. They're obviously similar enough for the same app to play them so silly me expected them to be edited. This stuff isn't rocket science (except it apparently is).

Off-topic: things like this happen to me frequently enough that I wonder if there's money to be made in an Alex Jones-style "show", where I just rant at the camera about dumb stuff being dumb. I wouldn't get law suits like he does, so if there's an audience I could make a fortune. :p
 

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It's an Apple Corp. format primarily used for iTunes Audio Books, which probably explains why it isn't a standard library for audio editing software.

It comes in two variants, DRM'ed and not.
 

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Maybe iTunes converted them when it was copying files to my gadgets. I'd swear they were all mp3 when I acquired them.
 
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