It's sometimes useful to be able to edit an audio MP3 file on your PC. For example, you might want to remove the applause from the end of a downloaded track, or cut out the preamble from the start. Or maybe you want to increase the volume, or standardize the volume so that there are no sections which are inaudibly quiet.
The "Audacity" program is synonymous with free audio editors for Windows. Trouble is, I've never really liked it much. It's large, very complicated, and full of amazing features which, frankly, you'll never use. Unless you're a professional audio person, being able to cut, copy and paste audio, and adjust the volume settings, is probably all you'll need.
Acoustica is a commercial audio editing program for Windows. The standard edition costs a very reasonable $40 or so. Even better news, however, is that there's also a completely free version available too. And if you really only want the basic functions I mentioned above, plus a handful of others for good measure, it'll do you just nicely.
The program is only a 5 MB download, and is way more simple to use than Audacity. You'll find the download at http://acondigital.com/downloads/ and you'll need to follow the link to the Basic edition. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and should work on Windows Vista and above.
I don't edit audio files very often. But when I do, I'll be using Acoustica from now on.
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