How to cut a MP3 in half?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Thu Mar 30 19:01:49 UTC 2006

On Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:25:09 -0600
Wade Smart <wade at> wrote:

> When I upload these I wont be able to put them back together.
> I want them to be downloaded by the users in segments for
> easier listening. So, if I split them, I still want them playable.

I just tried "split" on an Ogg Theora file:

split -b 5m a_new_computer.ogg splitoggs

It produced splitoggsaa and splitoggsab . "splitoggsaa" plays, but
"splitoggsab" doesn't - presumably because it has no identifying headers
to tell vlc what the heck it is :)

cat splitoggsaa splitoggsab > test.ogg

Heals the rift and test.ogg plays fine...

Conclusion: unless your "users" have "cat", the bits won't play - except
the first one...

I couldn't fing "mp3split" in the repositories, but it sounds like what
you need. Of course, as others have said, audacity should do the job too...


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