How to join (combine) multiple MP3 files in Windows

This tutorial will guide you in joining two or more MP3 files together into one (longer) MP3 – using free software.

To get started, visit, download the free program mp3DirectCut, and install it. One of the major benefits of using mp3DirectCut is that it doesn’t decompress and then re-encode the original MP3 files, which causes a (slight) loss in quality.

  1. Launch mp3DirectCut, select File and then Open…

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  3. Navigate to the ‘second’ MP3 – the one you want to join to the end of the first. Click Open.

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  5. Select Edit and then Select All from the drop-down menu.

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  7. Now select Edit and then Copy.

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  9. Repeat step one (select File and then Open), except this time open the ‘first’ MP3.

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  11. Use the horizontal scroll bar and scroll all the way over to the right (see screenshot below)

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  13. Now select Edit and then Paste

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  15. If all goes well, you’ll end out with a screen similar to the one below.

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  17. Almost done – select File and then Save all…

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  19. Give your new, combined (joined) MP3 file a name and then click the Save button.

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  21. Open your favorite MP3 player and give it a listen!
{ 12 comments… add one }
  • sardggy May 23, 2007, 9:02 am

    Very useful and clear.
    Thank you

  • Mike August 1, 2007, 2:59 am

    I agree – that’s how a tutorial should be written.

    Thanks, Ross!


  • bill May 8, 2008, 10:00 am

    Oh, many thanks!
    It is just what I was searching.

  • Mark June 9, 2008, 4:33 am

    Okay for the intro (and the nice pics),

    Then what about fade in/fade out using grain or simple fade; split tracks; normalizing the volume, etc.

    That would be nice if you could develop a bit more. There are little tutorials around here, but in German language for this nice app.


  • Steve g June 11, 2008, 11:16 am

    Thanks for the clear and concise explanation, worked just great!

  • lamvip September 4, 2008, 5:56 pm

    I did exactly what you show me from step 1 to 6 is ok but step 7 when I paste there is a pop up box says “not possible”. Can anyone know how to fix this problem. And somehow I tried to save the file even though I can not join the 2 songs but it showed the filename.mpd instead of mp3. What should I do? Does anyone help me to solve these problems. Thank guys very much.

  • Kane October 30, 2008, 3:21 pm

    Here is a simple program to join multiple files easy. You just select a folder for the file, select which files you want to join, and give the new file a proper name. Tried it, fool-proof :p

  • Kane October 30, 2008, 3:22 pm

    MP3 Multiplexer 3.0

  • Jazz Man August 31, 2011, 9:31 pm

    GREAT – I couldn’t figure out how to work this, and now I can! Thankyou for your easy-to-follow tutorial ;-)

  • x32 May 9, 2016, 7:51 pm

    1) Make “_mp3-merge.bat” in your mp3 files folder;
    2) Paste: copy /b "*.mp3" "output.mp3".
    Works FINE )))

    mp3packer by Reed Wilson can be useful (latest found v.2.04)
    usage: mp3packer -b 0 "output.mp3" "output_packed.mp3"

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