Cue Splitter

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 2, 2008
Updated • Aug 3, 2010
Music, Software, Windows

A somewhat rarer format for music is providing an album as one mp3 file that is accompanied by a cue. The cue file contains the information about the track list, song names and artists. Several applications like Exact Audio Copy have options to rip audio CDs that way. This does pose a few problems however. The main one being that one cannot pick a single track from the album or copy a single track to a mp3 player like the Apple iPod.

That is when so called cue splitters come into play. A cue splitter basically uses the information provided in the cue file to split the large mp3 file into corresponding single tracks. Medieval Cue Splitter is one program that can be used for this task. The free software pretty much does all the work. At best all the user has to do is to load a cue file into the application and press on the Split button to start the process.

The Cue Splitter does provide several advanced options like picking the right naming format for the mp3 files that are created. The default naming convention is (track number) [artist] song title, for instance (01) [Ash] Lose Control.mp3. This can be changed easily in the options to something without brackets and spaces.

Splitting the mp3 into different single songs takes only a few seconds with Medieval Cue Splitter. The software program provides access to all tags which can be edited.


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  1. daveclark966 said on May 25, 2019 at 3:22 am

     Avdshare Audio Converter can Easily and fast split FLAC, MP3, APE, WAV, WMA, TAK, ALAC, DTS, etc with a cue file into individual tracks to play the audio on audio players simply.

  2. kislosh said on May 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Bad program, keep your lossless files away from it

    – gap handling unintuitive
    – wrong file-lengths of output (not multiple of 588 samples (Sector boundary errors), i.e. destroys gapless sets)
    – no conversion, no compression settings.
    – no CRC in FLAC
    – new CUE is useless; wrong encoding, wrong comment marker (“;” instead of “REM”)
    – no AccurateRip support

  3. archer said on September 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    when i read that this works with flac and ogg i was on it in a nano second.

    thanks once again, martin

    thanks also to the the axeman

  4. theaxeman said on September 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I always used CDWAV ( to edit WAVs, because it automatically split them on precise sector boundaries. This was supposedly preferred as it did not place cracks or pops at the split points.

    Longtime reader, Martin. Great blog!

  5. GRTerrero said on September 2, 2008 at 4:31 pm


    You’re a gift from God!

    Thanks for this!

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