How to mark spots on audio file to fast forward to

windows 7 or XP; installed audacity using .exe installer

I convert an audible file from itunes (using amersoft software) to a wma file, load it into audacity, do some editing, than export to a mp3 file and put it back into itunes and onto my ipod. This process causes it to lose the ability to fast forward to various chapters, is their a way in audacity to set stops that I can fast forward to again?

I didn’t completely follow that, but yes. You can set “Labels” in Audacity and they become magnetic or sticky when you scan through the show.


Let’s take the first step:
“I convert an audible file from itunes (using amersoft software) to a wma file”
If you open that WMA file in iTunes, are you able to fast forward to various chapters?

iTunes won’t even open WMA (it will convert WMA to the file format you have chosen for importing in the iTunes Preferences).

WMA doesn’t natively support bookmarking any more than MP3 does so it’s highly unlikely the converted WMA had bookmarks.

What edits were you trying to make to the file when you got it into Audacity? If you right-click over the Audible file in iTunes > Get Info you can probably make some changes to the length that iTunes will play or the volume it will play at.


The wma file is wiped of bookmarks by the amirsoft software used to convert the itunes DRM file to wma so I can load it into audacity and edit the audio book (my editing is to remove portions of the book, primarily just cutting, that I no longer want to listen to on my ipod). My question than; is their a way to set bookmarks using audacity. I than export as a mp3 file using Lame and that file does not appear to require any converting when added to itunes and onto my ipod.

MP3, like most other “normal” audio formats, does not support bookmarks. This is one of the main reasons that they use a special proprietary format for audio books.

What you can do, is to export the audio as multiple shorter files. These shorter files can then be played in sequence on an MP3 player by creating a playlist.
See here for how to split a recording into multiple tracks:

Or you could do as Steve suggests with the shorter files, but then thread them together as tracks on a pseudo “album”. Most MP3 players have the facility to play a complete album with the tracks in the correct order.