Importing CDs for audio books can be kind of painful, because there are usually a lot of them. To make matters worse, each CD usually has dozens of tracks on it, which makes it a nightmare to manage on the small screen of an iPod. This import process attempts to reduce the amount of manual input, while also making sure that the track information is highly usable on an iPod.
First thing to do is set your Importing preferences. Meaning, in the AAC Encoder settings , choose a Stereo Bit Rate of 64 kbps, a Sample Rate of Auto, a Channels of Auto, and check the Optimize for voice checkbox.
- Insert the CD, and wait for the tracks to appear in iTunes. Sometimes you’ll have to dismiss a dialog or two which invites you to do some automatic action. Don’t. Just display the tracks.
Select all of the CD’s tracks, and choose Join CD Tracks from the Advanced menu:
This will consolidate the many tracks on the CD into one, which will make it much easier to manage when the tracks are copied to your iPod (the indication that the tracks are joined is subtle):
- Click the Import button (top right corner) to import this disc, using the import settings you set up initially.
When the import finishes, eject the CD.
Repeat this process for the each CD in the audio book, until you have imported all of the CDs.
Using iTunes on a PC, you’ll need to do change the m4A extension to m4B so the AudioBooks will be in the Audiobook section in iTUNES and the iPOD. Changing the filename extensions from ”.m4a” to ”.m4b” will do the trick. Use the File/Show Song File menu choice to reveal the folder with the book files, and rename away. If you can’t see the ”.m4a” file extension, then uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option in the Advanced Settings section of the Folder Options control panel. You then need to tell iTUNEs to find the file again but thats no big deal.
Sync to your iPod, and enjoy a great book!
- edit… You have a mac well have a read of this post then.