How to Crop MP3 Files
Edited by Pat Bitton
August 6, 2020
With MP3 being such a popular format, we often encounter the question of how to cut MP3 files. You might want to use a new cool song as a ringtone, but the intro is too long. Or maybe you want to extract just a piece of a vocal track or an audiobook. The problem is finding a suitable cutting tool, an MP3 trimmer if you like.
In this article, we’ll cover four ways to cut an audio file. Use the navigation to read the section that’s relevant for you:
- How to cut MP3 files on a PC or Mac
- How to cut MP3 files on an iPhone
- How to use an MP3 trimmer on an Android device
- How to trim MP3 files online and for free
How to Cut MP3 Files on a PC or Mac
If you want to cut an MP3 file on your computer, an effective solution is to use Movavi Video Editor. It's a user-friendly video editing program for PC and Mac that can help you do all the editing you need: cut and chop songs, add sound effects, split one audio clip into multiple tracks, and more. In addition to MP3, this powerful audio slicer supports all popular formats, including WAV, WMA, FLAC and more.
Download Movavi’s music clipper now and follow our simple tutorial on how to trim MP3.
Install the Cutting Software
Launch the installation file and follow the instructions. When the installation is complete, the MP3 cutter will start automatically.
Add Audio Files
In the launch window, choose the New Project option. Click the Add Media Files button and choose the audio files you want to edit – they will automatically appear on the Audio Track.
Trim the Audio and Delete Unwanted Parts
To cut down an MP3 file, place the red marker on the Timeline at the first desired cutting point and click the Split button. You can snip your audio as many times as you want. To remove all the unwanted parts, simply select them and click Delete.
Save the Edited File
Click Export and choose the Save Audio File tab. Select the desired format, file name, and folder you want to export your track to, and click Start.
Now you know how easy it can be to cut audio files with Movavi Video Editor – a multifunctional yet easy-to-use MP3 music cutter for Windows and Mac. In addition to working with audio files, the app provides high-quality video editing tools: create full-length movies and slideshows, upload your films directly to YouTube and share them with millions of people worldwide!
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How to Cut MP3 Files on an iPhone
If you want to cut an audio file using your iPhone, try Hokusai Audio Editor. Download the app from the App Store and wait for the installation process to finish. Then tap Open to launch the app and follow this guide.
1. Add an Audio File
Tap the Plus icon at the upper-right corner of the screen. Then choose the Import option. The app lets you add music from your Music Library or other services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Select a track and it will be added to the app.
2. Edit the Audio
On the screen, double-tap the audio waveform to select the entire track. Then tap the left anchor and drag it to the place where you want the audio to start. Then tap and drag the right anchor to the place you what the song to finish. Tap the selected segment and choose Trim.
If your goal is to cut out a section partway through the track, select the unwanted segment, tap it, and choose Cut.
3. Save the Audio File on Your iPhone
When you’re satisfied with the result, tap the Settings icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Share Audio. Then Save to Files, choose a destination folder and touch Save.
Now you know how to trim music using an iPhone. Below, you’ll find the instructions for an Android device.
How to Use an MP3 Trimmer on an Android Device
To trim audio on an Android device, try MP3 Cutter. Go to the Play Store and install the app. When the installation process has finished, tap Open.
1. Add an Audio File
On the first screen, locate the audio file you want to cut and tap it to select. The waveform of the audio will appear on the screen.
2. Cut and Save the Audio
There are two anchors on the screen: the upper one indicates the beginning of the track and the lower the end of the track. Drag the upper anchor to the point where you want the audio to start. Then move the lower anchor to the point where you want it to finish.
When everything is ready, tap the Checkmark icon at the lower-right corner of the screen, then touch Save File. The trimmed track will be saved on your SD card.
MP3 Cutter lets you trim audio files only. If you want to cut out parts from an audio track and do some more complex editing, you might need a more advanced app. But MP3 Cutter has advantages, too – it’s free and easy to use.
How to Trim MP3 Files Online and for Free
If you want to cut out parts from the middle of a track, the desktop app is perfect for the task. You can also edit large audio files, and processing won’t take long. But if you don’t want to install any software and just need to trim one track, try using an online tool such as Online MP3 Cutter.
1. Go to the Online Video Cutter Website
Follow the link below to get to the website:
Cut an MP3 Online
2. Cut and Save the Audio
Click the Choose file button, locate the audio file you want to cut and click Open. Drag the left anchor to the place you want the track to start. Then drag the right anchor to the point you want it to end. The default format is MP3, but you can also select M4R from the Output Format dropdown list.
When everything is ready, click the Crop button in the lower-right corner. When the processing is complete, click Download in the lower-left corner. That’s all there is to it!