How to cut or split MP3 audio files on Windows with Free MP3 Cutter [Tip]

free mp3 cutterI was looking for a simple free MP3 file custom cutter, I found many; however, to my surprise, many of them are buggy. For example, MP3 Cutter Plus 1.0 produces an MP3 output that can be played by VLC media player but cannot be played by Windows Media Player! It looks like to me that Free MP3 Cutter does a nice job as far as cutting an MP3 file is concerned.

In a few clicks, one can select a part of a song (or audiobook, or any MP3 audio file),  and save the selection in a separate MP3 file. This is a real MP3 cutter, and not an MP3 splitter that allows you to split files either by custom bytes or by number of files. It takes ~ 10 MB of RAM when idle.

Pros

  • Simple utility
  • User-friendly interface
  • Works very fast
  • Allows you to play the desired piece before saving
  • Apparently, saves the file without re-encoding

Cons

  • Cutting the piece properly is not perfect, needs adjustment

Conclusion and Download Link

Unless I get to see a perfect MP3 cutter, this is a keeper for me. It does exactly what it is supposed to do; and therefore, I give it two thumbs up.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.01

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 (Windows 8 support unknown)

Download size: 897 KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/48

Is it portable? No

Free MP3 Cutter homepage

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  1. Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    [@Mukhi]

    For some reason, when I tried the direct download link on Cnet before, I was getting the same wrapper file. I downloaded the freemp3cutter and was able to extract the program file, which has a timestamp of May 5, 2010. There’s also no digital signature which usually means it’s probably a program that was released in some other executable package.

    I would stick with mp3directcut from Mpesch.de as it does alot more and is updated on a regular basis. I’m surprised the original author of this article would even consider this program over mp3directcut.

  2. Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    [@niko-las]

    I second the nomination for mp3directcut. It’s an excellent, simple little program that records audio streams and edits the file.

    On the other hand, the first file mentioned above, MP3 Cutter Plus 1.0 from asoftwareplus, contains the Relevant Knowledge file which some sites refer to as spyware.

    http://www.prevx.com/filenames/X918514524093732529-X1/RKINSTALLER.EXE.html

    Virustotal results are 1/47 with only Avast showing it as a PUP program.

    There are 3 files which are questionable in the exe package for mp3cutter plus:

    itdownload.dll – usually tries to install a toolbar
    rkinstaller.exe
    rkverify.exe

    As far as free mp3cutter goes, I would stay away from it as it has the Cnet wrapper and I can’t even extract it.

    My recommendation is to stick with the freeware mp3directcut from mpesch3.de.unless you want to purchase the class of the field which is Total Recorder from High Criteria.

  3. niko-las

    Thanks Mukhi,

    Sounds like a simple tool – I’m sure its effective. For MP3 cutting, you can’t go past – MP3DirectCut. Its more feature rich and it doesn’t re-encode while cutting, so I highly recommend it. Its also a self-extracting exe (therefore, portable). You should try it.

    URL – mpesch3[dot]de1[dot]cc OR videohelp[dot]com/tools/mp3directcut

    Cheers,