how to separate songs

I want to separate songs on a CD. So, for example, I want to listen to a song a second time I can play repeat or if I want to skip a song, I can go onto the next song on the CD. How do I do this?

Most CD Players including the software ones have skip, scan, and repeat buttons. To repeat a song, press “Back” once and the song will repeat from the beginning.

Or didn’t I understand what you want?


or do you hacve a recording in Audacity that you want to split into separate songs for burning to a CD?

If so, please see this page in the manual:


There are 2 ways to do it -

  1. Split the file into separate songs/files (with Audacity, etc.) and feed those separate files into your CD burning application.

  2. Make a [u]Cue Sheet[/u] (with Windows Notpad, ect.) and use a CD burning application that supports cue sheets.

If you have a “live” recording and you don’t want gaps between songs, use one audio file and a cue sheet. A normal CD with silence at the beginning/end of each song can be made either way.

No, you didn’t understand. When I play a CD (made from an album) it’s all one track. If I push repeat, it starts over from the very beginning. If I press skip, it goes back to the beginning. And no, it’s not the CD player.

That’s because you’ve burned it as single track - a single WAV file.

You need to Export multiple WAV files based on labels as my link above explains

Or you can use cue sheets (trickier) as Doug explained (with a link) in his post.

Follow the links and read the documentation - then all will be explained - and should become clear.


You are being a big help to me. Now, could you tell me how to do what you suggest: splitting the files into separate songs. I’m afraid you’re gonna have to spell it out for me - step by step. Sorry.

  1. Click to place the cursor at the start of the first song.

  2. Choose “Add Label at Selection” from the Tracks - or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + B

  3. Type the name of the song.

  4. Repeat steps 1 thru 3 for each song.

  5. When you are finished, choose “Export Multiple” from the File menu.

  6. When you click the “Export” button, Audacity will save each song as a separate file, using the format and location you choose.


Thank you for your ongoing help. I will ‘try’ this and see if I’m successful. I’ll let you know asap.

Once again, I appreciate your help and patience. I am attempting to follow your directions. I have a question. Can I record the entire album first, then take the steps you’ve shared with me? Or, do I have to do this while the album is playing? that doesn’t seem worthwhile (not to mention the time it would take).

Yes you can record the whole album (use Pause between sides.

Normally one would do the labelling after - I tend to mark the approximate label positions as I am recording by using Ctrl+M to drop a label at the current recording position - and then fine-tune the positioning later.

This is my basic workflow:


Hi! I have recorded an album. I then did the first three steps you told me to do. The problem I’m encountering now, is that it won’t let me repeat that step. When I go to move the cursor to the next song, the song starts playing. What am I missing?

You are clicking in the blue sqiggly waveform and not in the Timeline above it - right?