There is a simpler way to do it. Import all your songs and Audacity will stack them one on top of the other and try to play them all at once (use MUTE and SOLO to play them one at a time). Use the Time Shift Tool (sideways black arrows) to slide track two to the right until it starts playing when track one stops. Then slide track three to start after track two stops, etc.
Audacity will jam them all together into one long show when you File > Export.
You should pick a WAV (Microsoft) or very high quality MP3 (256 or 320) Export. If you don’t do that, the show will sound honkier and bubblier than the original sound did from MP3 compression damage. You can’t go back to the original MP3 file sizes in Audacity.
To avoid that, you might try MP3Splt instead of Audacity.
If you use that link, you have to be sure to download the gtk version to get a program version that has an interface. Otherwise you will get a version that only works at the command-line.
If we link here Missing features - Audacity Support then there are direct links to the interface version of MP3Splt and links to other tools. Some users may find MP3DirectCut easier to use but in any case I don’t think as policy we should give blanket recommendation to only one tool.
2 Select the second one by clicking above the MUTE/SOLO button on its track control panel.
Both tracks won’t disappear if you do Step 2. Cut can only work on the selected track(s), but if no tracks are selected, then by default the entire audio is cut.
I want to thank Kozikowski and gale for their response to my question, I am saving Kozikowski’s for the future, meanwhile Gale’s suggestion about
step 2 needed further attention. I repeated the steps, the lower track was highlighted, I clicked above the MUTE/SOLO button proceeded to “edit”
same results. Then it hit me, on my second attempt I clicked just above the MUTE/ SOLO box. This was different, no menu list appeared, I went
to “edit” followed the steps to success. Well! sometimes it’s the small stuff that gets you, When following step 2 for some reason or unconscious
habit I automatically clicked on the box above, that was the track identification box that sprouted a menu that I could not use, and proceeded to “edit”.
and that’s how my tracks disappeared.
The next version of the Manual will say to click where it says “Hz”.
Actually you can click anywhere where there is not a control that “does something”, so you could click to left or right of the button at the bottom of the Track Control Panel. But is easier to click in the track information.
The trouble is that if you have the track collapsed with the buttons and sliders invisible it is possible to click on what looks like “white space” in the Track Control Panel but still inadvertently activate the Mute button say. Or if the buttons are visible and the sliders aren’t it’s possible to inadvertently and invisibly nudge the sliders - don’t ask me how I know
So… imo it’s always safer to click up at the top of the TCP by the “Hz” as Gale suggests