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Another technical question from Finnguy by finnguy on 22 June 2005 10:08am
OK, let's see how you all do with this one...

I bought a rather nice mp3 player recently. It's been excellent, and my daily journeys to and from work have been brightened up no end.

The player has one drawback though: you can only skip backwards and forwards from one track to the next, but you can't actually fast forward or rewind within a track. This isn't such a big problem with songs, but I have several spoken word files (comedy shows, audiobooks etc.) which have a running time of around one hour. So, with my player I can listen to the first thirty minutes or so on my way into work, but have no way of getting to the last thirty minutes to listen to on the way home. You get me?

So, my question is this: is there a way of chopping up mp3 files into 'bite-sized chunks' (maybe that should be BYTE-sized chunks!) of 10-15 minutes or so? If there is, how would I go about doing this?

Thanks, in anticipation of your help.


P.S. what does the 'mp' in mp3 stand for? Surely not Michael Palin...! ;)
Re: Another technical question from Finnguy by CheekyTraveller on 22 June 2005 10:21am
Yeah there is - I haven't done it myself but there's software around to do it - try doing a google search on "mp3 editing"

I've got a similar player to yours - on mine you can pause play (which doesn't use battery as it's solid state) so you could just pause it when you get to work then carry on when you go home
Re: Another technical question from Finnguy by intrepid on 22 June 2005 11:33am
You're right, "MP" isn't Michael Palin. It's "Monty Python".
Or "Millard Philmore"
Re: Another technical question from Finnguy by Ahren on 22 June 2005 12:32pm
Could you hold the fast-forward button down? It works for my CD player and i don't see why MP3s are that different!
Re: Another technical question from Finnguy by JF on 22 June 2005 1:23pm
The "mp" in mp3 stands for "motion picture". The actual standard is mpeg3, which stands for Motion Picture Experts Group file format number three.

If you save pictures in jpg format, that's actually jpeg which stands for Joint Picture Experts Group.

I like the "experts group" bit - how did they work out who was an expert and who wasn't?

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