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easiest solution for editing mp3 files

I download a podcast from a call-in talk show and I just want to be able to cut out certain clips of it and save to a smaller file. Would be nice to be able to attach together my favorite clips to a file, but whatever. So I do a search for mp3 editor and I get several links to download trial versions of cool-edit like programs that do everything under the sun (fade, filter, splice and dice) and except what I really want. I'm wondering if I would be better off getting a utility that converts to wave and then edit with soundrecorder.exe (comes standard with Windows 2000) and then convert back to mp3. Its just talk radio, so I don't really need stereophile quality.
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Here is a simple free program to do this:


About Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

Record live audio.
Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
And more! See the complete list of features.
MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
Regarding quality, if I interpret your read correct, save the mp3 somewhere between 96kbps and 128kbps (CBR)
Are you running windows 2000?
Some more ideas besides Audacity
Often times your burning software has inbuilt audio editing, if you have Nero there is Nero Soundtrax and Nero wave editor
Similar to Audacity. Audacity will do all you want.
If you have a creative sound blaster audio card
Creative Wavestudio
Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

You may be interested in the steps in Audacity that I outlined for another member here:
I found the following freeware program that might be helpful to you.
Thank you zliminator.

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