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How to Use Cue Files to Split MP3s Into Individual Tracks

How to Use Cue Files to Split MP3s Into Individual Tracks

Guide to splitting single MP3 albums into individual tracks as they exist on a store-bought CD.

Sometimes when you acquire new music it comes in the form of a single, continuous MP3 track that makes life difficult if you really love the album. You can’t switch from track to track and have to waste time fast forwarding or rewinding like some of us did back in the day when cassette tapes were prevalent, before the advent of digital music.

These albums in many cases include a .CUE file that can be used to split these single .MP3 slbums into the individual tracks as they exist on the store-bought CD. A .CUE file, or “.CUE sheet,” is what describes how the tracks of a CD or DVD are laid out. They also specify track lengths, and CD-Text including track and disc titles and performers.

I’m going to show you how to manipulate .CUE files so that you can split lengthy, continuous .MP3 albums into individual tracks as they exist on a store-bought CD.

The steps are pretty straightfoward and require minimal tech savvy.

 

1. Download and Install Medieval CUE Splitter 1.2

This freeware program (never pay for a copy) is what we’re going to use to split the .MP3 into individual tracks.

 

2. Open Medieval CUE Splitter 1.2

 

3. Locate .CUE File

 

4. Drag and Drop .CUE File Into Medieval CUE Splitter

 

5. Locate .MP3 File to Split

 

6. Select “Split!” and Choose Where You Want to Save the Tracks

 

That’s it. You’re done. The whole process should take less than 10 minutes and save you much more than that now that you don’t have to navigate through a lengthy hour-long track to find a single song.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Dace Gisclard
Dace Gisclard

I took your advice and downloaded and installed Medieval CUE Splitter. It looked like the installation went through (I opted out of all of the free suggested software). Now I can't find the program icon on my computer to open the software! WHERE is it?

Dace Gisclard

DeMorgens
DeMorgens

I can't believed I never googled this before. So simple and awesome. Thank you.

AndersNielsen
AndersNielsen

This is a buggy program, i tried to do 3 cue files at once, and i ended up with 2 cd folders and the third was deleted.

Nomak
Nomak

Thanks dude, that's great

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

It doesn't say if it re-encodes the tracks or not. That's important since if this program has to encode the sound again to make the separate tracks, the sound quality will be lower than the unsplit track was.



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