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I am trying to play back sound files on my Macintosh, recordings of lectures made with a digital recorder. The problem is that in iTunes, the timer bar is very narrow, so if I want to "rewind" by a few seconds I can't do it: a milimeter on the timer bar represents about a minute, so obviously there is no way to rewind by a few seconds.

That means it takes about 4 hours to listen to a 90 minute lecture, because every time I back up to hear a sentence that I missed I waste an entire minute, or more.

Garage Band won't recognize my mp3 files, and I tried Audiofile Engineering Wave Recorder, and it won't read my MP3 files either.

I need a program that will play MP3 sound files on a Macintosh and that has a very wide timer bar so that I can rewind by very small increments of time. None of the product reviews seem to address this issue. Can anyone recommend a product?

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In iTunes, you can scrub back 5 seconds at a time with Command + Option + [←]. – William Jackson May 31 '11 at 19:16

Try VLC media player. It can get rather wide.

VLC media player can get rather wide.

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Ctrl ← to rewind per minute and Shift ← to rewind 5 seconds. – Nitrodist May 31 '11 at 19:13
+1 for understatement. – Lukasa May 31 '11 at 21:38

I think VLC will play the audio file and I think it has a wide timer bar, haven't used it in awhile so I don't know for sure.

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