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TMO Quick Tip - iTunes: Trimming Tracks

by , 7:30 AM EDT, August 20th, 2008

You can't really edit songs in iTunes, but you can essentially trim off the beginning or end of tracks. The best part is that trimming songs in iTunes is non-destructive, so you can always bring back what you cut out later on.

To trim a track in iTunes, do this:

  • Select the track you want to edit.
  • Choose File > Get Info, or use the Command-I keyboard shortcut to open the track's information window.
  • Select the Options tab.

  • Set the start and stop points for songs in iTunes.
  • If you want to trim off the beginning of the track, check Start Time and enter the time in minutes and seconds where you want the track to begin. If you want to cut the end off, check Stop Time and enter the time where the track should stop.
  • Click OK.

Since iTunes is simply setting its start and end play points to the times you specify, moving the playhead beyond those time points will let you listen to anything that would otherwise have been cut off.

I use the start and stop time options to trim off extra dialog that is sometimes included to describe a classical piece I am listening to. If I really want to hear the description again, I just move the play point back to the beginning.


Jeff Gamet is TMO's Morning Editor and Reviews Editor. He lectures, teaches and speaks on Mac OS X and design-related topics, and is the author of The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X from Peachpit Press.

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