The Best MP3 Splitter
Most Advanced MP3 Cutter
We have tested eight tools designed to cut MP3 files. Some of them have more features than others, which also should be taken into account. For example, Visual MP3 Splitter & Joiner has gotten -2 for its interface because of waveform-related issues, while Slice has 10 out of 10 by not offering the waveform at all.
Here is a general summary for all tools:
- Visual MP3 Splitter & Joiner: 38
- MP3 Splitter & Joiner: 33
- MEDA MP3 Splitter: 28
- Power MP3 Cutter Joiner: 27
- MP3 Cutter Joiner: 26
- Slice: 26
- MP3 Splitter: 22
- MP3 EasySplitter: 21
None of the above tools had any compatibility issues, although we tested the software on 4 computers with different versions of Windows. All the tools support Windows Vista and Windows Vista x64.
MP3 Splitter and MP3 EasySplitter failed to open our test MP3 file, which is very bad (however, they did well on smaller files with constant bitrate CBR). Slice was able to open the test file, but failed to split it correctly. Besides, it added noises to the split parts. MP3 Cutter Joiner and Power MP3 Cutter Joiner are very similar and have very limited functionality (no waveform, no silence detection, the user can extract only one part a time etc.).
The top three MP3 splitters are (ascending): MEDA MP3 Splitter, MP3 Splitter & Joiner, Visual MP3 Splitter & Joiner. MEDA MP3 Splitter has a big and nice waveform, but no zooming makes it less valuable. Some features are lacking, and some are difficult to find/apply. Annoying wizard for saving files: where other splitters perform cutting at one click, MEDA MP3 Splitter launches 5-step wizard that asks unimportant questions.
MP3 Splitter & Joiner is a nice cutter for MP3 files. Unfortunately, it lacks waveform and silence detection features, so we couldn’t easily find pauses between songs in our album.
The best MP3 splitter in our list is Visual MP3 Splitter & Joiner, and not for nothing. The program is fully loaded with features. Its waveform is much smaller than that of MEDA MP3 Splitter, but zooming makes it more accurate. Drawbacks include: not obvious (for visual splitting) placing of "Add" button and big delays when displaying a whole file on the waveform. However, the latter feature is unique to Visual MP3 Splitter & Joiner, other splitters cannot zoom out.
The program also has the best manual with plenty of images, instructions, and additional information.