mp3 turns into a 0.5 second mess

I have this mp3 file, that plays well on WindowsMediaPlayer, but when I try to put in into audacity, it turns into a 0.5 second white noise-ish mess.

The file was originally ripped from a CD many years ago, but the fact that it is an mp3 file, it says so in the details section of properties, means I should be able to play it in Audacity.

And the fact that it won’t play in Audacity means it’s probably not a regular MP3. A really short screech usually means a highly compressed “foreign” file type.

You can add FFMpeg to your Audacity and it will open and play many more different file types.


The quality of the music may not be the best. If you compressed a three minute song into a half-second, that’s … what… 180 to one? No. Worse. 360 to one.


What is the full name of the file, including the file extension?

Which version of Windows you are using?
What is the exact three-section version of Audacity? (look in: “Help > About Audacity”)

This is all that the file gives me. It really doesn’t say much.

My Audacity is the 2.0.5 version. And I’m using Win7

The current version of Audacity is 2.1.1 and is available here:
I would recommend selecting the “Reset Preferences” option during the installation / update.

If you can resize that window larger I think that you should be able to see the full path and file name.

“MediaInfo” from will give you much more information about the file.

Get the version without installer, because the installer may have malware or adware.


That’s all the info it gives me, there’s nothing above, it’s all empty. But I’ll get the new version and see if it works