I was wondering if anyone knew of making advanced M3Us that support fade-in/fade-out/cross-fading information?
The purpose would be for making an M3U that a user could “program” in a mix of mp3s without having to record
the whole thing to one mp3 file. I’ve noticed that flash mp3 players (and smartphones) seem to have a problem
fast forwarding a large mix mp3, so maybe this could work better?
Anyway, if there is any program that can do it, I’d be interested. I’ve noticed that some programs do support
advanced m3u encoding (with fade-in information), but I’m not sure if flash drive mp3 players can read these
To a degree yes, but this is still the Audacity forum
The M3U format is very basic. It does not support “advanced” information ssuch as fade-in/fade-out/crossfade information. There is quite a good article about the M3U format on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M3U#Extended_M3U
Play list information can certainly be extended beyond the basic format specification, but such “extensions” to the format are likely to be specific to one player.
That is always the big issue when dealing with formats that are not formally specified. If you want to use a specific player you must look to see what that player supports.
Well, as I recall from “sticking my nose” into Visual Basic, programming crossfades is available. Unfortunately,
you probably have to write an mp3 player using Visual Basic (there’s plenty of mp3 player “examples” online)
and probably create your own “m3u” type of config file. Then there’s the question of how accurate the crossfade
times will work…a few milli-seconds could totally kill a mix.
Anyways, I’m sure we’ll have something like this commercial (eventually). Personally, I was just looking for
a more time consuming way to create mp3 “mix-tapes”. Creating m3u files isn’t too engaging, and straight
recording a mix is probably too engaging.