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Post by rachelellen » January 23rd, 2007, 11:22 am

Is there any way to make iTunes see Librivox audiobooks as audiobooks? Right now I just add all the mp3s to my library and then make each book into a playlist, which comes under Music on my iPod. This works OK, but I'd love to be able to use the Audiobooks menu for them if possible; it seems so much tidier. :)

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Post by trioptimum » January 23rd, 2007, 11:38 am

It can be done, but it's a royal pain.

You have to:

* convert the mp3s to AAC in iTunes (extension .m4a)
* manually rename the .m4a files to .m4b
* re-import the files into iTunes

...and even then, it doesn't always work (I've never had problems with it, but some models of iPod are apparently prone to crashing when playing certain files that've had this done).

A bonus is that iTunes/iPod will now remember your position in a file when you come back after having listened to something else.

http://www.richardsramblings.com/?p=420 has a little more info.
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Post by rachelellen » January 23rd, 2007, 11:53 am

Thanks for your reply. Looks like a little more trouble than it's worth, I guess. :)

(the version of iTunes I have has an option in the Info for each file where I can make it remember where I left off. SO helpful.)

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Post by jimmowatt » January 23rd, 2007, 12:10 pm

Some of our audio is on Gutenberg and I've noticed that they've added Itunes audiobook to their format as in this link here http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/20275
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Post by TBOL3 » January 23rd, 2007, 4:46 pm

trioptimum wrote:It can be done, but it's a royal pain.

You have to:

* convert the mp3s to AAC in iTunes (extension .m4a)
* manually rename the .m4a files to .m4b
* re-import the files into iTunes

...and even then, it doesn't always work (I've never had problems with it, but some models of iPod are apparently prone to crashing when playing certain files that've had this done).

A bonus is that iTunes/iPod will now remember your position in a file when you come back after having listened to something else.

http://www.richardsramblings.com/?p=420 has a little more info.
Really.

It seemed you just had to edit the ID3 tag, and put it in the audiobook genera.
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Post by vidalia11 » February 1st, 2007, 3:34 pm

Low-tech reply....create a playlist on your Itunes/Ipod called "Librivox audiobooks" and put them in there.

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Post by GordMackenzie » February 2nd, 2007, 5:11 am

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