I am trying to convert my LP collection to digital and Audacity seems to be doing a good job. I particularly love the ability to remove the clicks in some of them.
But one puzzle has come up. I am recording one side of a LP record to a single project file and usually that is 5 or more songs. When I export them to MP3, for my portable player, I have two choices: create one long MP3 file for the entire side of the record, or export the songs one at a time. If I export to one MP3 file, there does not seem to be any way to jump to the next song on the MP3 player. On the other hand, if I export to individual song files, 5 or 6 of them, then even if I start the file names with track numbers (01, 02, 03, etc.) they do not play back in order on the MP3 player.
Frankly, I want both of these things: the ability to skip to the next song and have the songs play back in the proper order (which I would specify). I don’t want to have to create a “Play List” for this, just start the first song and let it go. Is there any way to accomplish both of these things?
Are you using File > Export Multiple… in Audacity? That should guarantee the Track Number in the file’s metadata is ordered in order of the labels or tracks in Audacity.
The MP3 player should (unless set to random play) play in either file name order or metadata Track Number order, but we can’t tell you what it does from here. Ask the manufacturer for advice.
You could also look in its manual for “Chapter Frames”. Almost no players support this, but that is an unofficial addendum to the ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 standard that offers markers within an MP3 file - see http://id3.org/id3v2-chapters-1.0 .