Download Audacity (search Google for it - it's on Sourceforge). You can open mp3 files or wav files or turn one into the other if you have the correct codecs installed. Search for LAME mp3 if you need codecs.
I don't think you can do AAC but who knows, they are always improving the software.
They also have a LAME encoder library (although I'm not sure what that means) for exporting MP3s at that site.
Oosh! It seems like such a simple thing, I dunno why iTunes doesn't have some sort of deal set up already.
Now I'm off to try and figure out how it works.
***EDIT: That was super easy! I downloaded Audacity and the LAME MP3 Encoder, then used Windows Media Player to pull the track off the CD as an MP3. I opened up the track in Audacity, trimmed the end, exported the MP3 to my desktop, and then imported it into iTunes (renaming it "Song Title (short version)" to eliminate any confusion. Cool!
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Yeah, that works. You've got a quality issue there a little bit by doing mp3 encoding twice. You could also download CDex (also from Sourceforge.net) and convert the CD into a .wav file, snip your length, and then encode the file once.
There is a way to do this in iTunes, but it's not really editing the track.
When you click "Get Info" on a track and go to "Options", you can specify at what point on the track you want the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" to be. So you could add the track to your library twice, set the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" to just cover the first song on the first copy, then set the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" to just cover the secret track on the second copy. Then you can rename the second track the secret track's actual title.
The whole tracks will still be there, but iTunes will just play the part of it you wish to be played.
(I ASSUME that carries over to the iPod, but I don't have my iPod with me to test that theory.)
I did that with a Pennywise song that has an extra part on it as the last track on the CD. The song length shows up as 23:57 on ITunes but stops playing at 5:15 where I marked it. I can see wanting to edit the file itself if free space is an issue, but for a few songs here and there changing the stop time takes just a few clicks.
The only problem with that approach is that I'll stick these songs on my iPod and they'll eat up space. Fortunately, I think iTMS makes hidden tracks separate (I know they did with M.I.A.'s Arular), so all I have to do is re-rip them as WAV's, edit, and import. I haven't bought anything wherre that would be an issue, thankfully.
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Well right after I posted this, I found this helpful list of programs on Wikipedia, so I'll be checking them out and I'm sure one of them will work. But if anyone has any specific recommendations, I'd still be interested in hearing them. :)