I don't have access to my Internet radio at work (no streaming services allowed), so I stream the radio at home and end up with a huge file (Ogg Vorbis).

I like 90% of the music but 10% not and I would like to be able to randomize the playback, for that I would need to cut the large file into smaller chunks that separate at the beginning and end of a song.

Its okay if I need to select that start and end point manually but the tool must have a streamlined way of selecting part of the large file and producing a smaller file from it. Ideally overriding the larger file with a one that has the small part cut out.

I have a slight preference on linux and open-source but neither is required, I have access to all mainstream OSs. Easy to use interface (for my task at least) is a must have as I'm not a audio editing expert and don't aim at becoming one.

As I pay 50$ / year for the radio already I would accept to pay for the program as well, but as I'm not aiming at professional software it should not be too expensive.

Legal notice: This action is allowed by the laws of my country as long as I don't play the music publicly which I don't plan to do.

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    Please have a look at mp3slplt-gtk and it's ability to automatically detect silence and cut the mp3 at this point. You have to play with the dB threshold and silence length
    – nixda
    Jan 8, 2015 at 21:41
  • @nixda Seems duplicate enough. Jan 9, 2015 at 9:32
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    @AngeloFuchs Nope. That other question is about automatically splitting in fixed intervals ("say 10 minutes"), not about automatic title separation. Two completely different things – though there might be a software covering both.
    – Izzy
    Jan 9, 2015 at 10:35
  • I rawly remember there was a Linux tool to convert your Vinyl collection to MP3, which had a feature to "detect silence" and cut the titles accordingly (or suggested cut-points there). I just cannot remember the name, nor do I know whether it's still actively maintained. Googling brings up e.g. GramoFile, could have been that. You might wish to check the other results as well, as "the task is there" (splitting).
    – Izzy
    Jan 9, 2015 at 10:46

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As a music fan to a music fan I would recommend you have a look at http://convert2mp3.net/ , not exactly what you are looking for, but I believe it could be even more useful as you can just see your favorite songs on YouTube get the url code and convert them to an mp3. I personally love this link. I'm just not sure if the website is available in your location.


  • I don't want to have my favorites. I like the radio channel EBM on digitally imported. This does not help me, but thanks for sharing. Jan 9, 2015 at 9:20
  • Sorry! Best of luck finding what you need!
    – Ramzy Shah
    Jan 9, 2015 at 12:40

A few years ago I've used mp3DirectCut for cutting out short tracks from two hours radio shows and I found it really useful.

It does not reencode the files so you get the same quality as the original source has. It has a nice GUI where you can easily find the exact microsec where you want to cut.

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Its pause detection feature might save you a lot of time. (I don't remember whether it was useful or not for me.)

Unfortunately it runs on Windows (although the website says that it can be run with Wine in Linux).

  • does it work on other formats then MP3? (I primary use OGG. It would be fine to convert it to MP3 but it would be better if I had not have to do it.) Jan 9, 2015 at 9:55
  • @AngeloFuchs: Um, sorry, I don't think so. I've missed the OGG requirement.
    – palacsint
    Jan 9, 2015 at 13:28
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    Was not a requirement. Just nice to have. Jan 9, 2015 at 14:07

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