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December 31st, 2007

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01:42 pm - So, anyway...
Mary, bless her sweet, wonderful, devious heart, got me an iPod for Christmas. One of the cool things about it is its capacity to play audiobooks, which I love. So I've started copying over my collection of audiobooks on CD.

Sigh. Teeeeed-i-ous. The number of hoops needed to jump through in order to burn the audiobook to the computer, rejugger its files from m4a to m4b, and get it to show in the Audiobook section of my library, on top of the time it takes to burn each disc... Call it anywhere from 30-60 minutes per disc, and my current stack of discs to burn is something like 42, and a bunch more I just haven't collected in one place yet.

There's gotta be a better way. Because sadly, iTunes and Audible.com don't have some of the audiobooks I do, and I want them in my library.

*shakes fist at Apple for managing to make things so difficult.*

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Date:December 31st, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
The way I do it is WAY faster (3-5 minutes per CD), but they don't show up in the Audiobooks section. I just join the CD tracks, name the CD and show the disc numbers in the Get Info screen. I create a playlist for each book, and just import each CD into the appropriate playlist. I don't convert the files, I just let iTunes treat it like a music CD.

If you care deeply about the tracks (I don't), you can create a playlist for each disk and import them that way.

It's a kludge, sure. But it's fast and it gets the books on there and that's all I care about. I just had to come to terms with not using the "Audiobooks" section of iTunes. That was admittedly difficult because I like my data all nice and neat. But it's a good enough compromise.

ETA: Audiobooks and Star Trek are the only reasons I have an iPod. I can carry a shelf full of novels and a season or two of Trek right in my handbag. Damn, I love the 21st century.

Edited at 2007-12-31 07:09 pm (UTC)

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