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Topic: Guide: Converting audio book files,CDs,& mp3s with iTunes5+ to Bookmarking iPod files

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Old 09-12-2005, 12:28 PM
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Guide: Converting audio book files,CDs,& mp3s with iTunes5+ to Bookmarking iPod files

Step-by-step iTunes5+ simplified and advanced converting audio files, CDs, mp3 to bookmarking files

The blue text in this post is the step-by-step of the now relatively simple iTunes5+ conversion from mp3 to bookmarking iPod file. It is all that is necessary to have a bookmarking iPod file. Unless converted further to AAC, these files will not list in audiobooks category of main menu or be skipped in main menu shuffle. This new iTunes5+ mp3 bookmarking capability does not work with G3 and earlier iPods

Warning: Color (photo) ipods lock up with homemade m4b files, including some podcast files. Until Apple fixes the bug, recommend not using m4b, using only mp3's remember playback position. Use playlists to separate audio files.

For conversions using iTunes 4 or earlier, see Guides 1,2, & 4 in signature below.

See next post, this thread, for CD conversion to bookmarking iPod file

Simplest of all is to skip all these steps and utilize MarkAble $15 PCshareware (full function trial download avail) MarkAble -- which includes a CD Wizard for fewer files than CDs -- merges, manages renaming and deleting files and will convert to either bookmarking mp3 or m4b. MarkAble current version is iTunes5 compatible, but see warning above for color iPods.

To convert MP3 files or MP3 files created from audio cassettes or software sound played and captured on your computer with Total Recorder ($15) or freeware Audacity ( See recorder guide here) to bookmarking iPod files. or:

1. If desired, or necessary, merge or split to create mp3 files that do not exceed 320 mb OR 5 hours (Testing to see if iTunes 5 fixed this bug, but probably in iPod updater latest version). See step-by-step instructions below in green text on how to merge mp3 files.
2. Utilize naming convention to keep files straight. Example is Book Name 1_5U.mp3, Book Name 2_5.mp3, etc.
3. Add File(s) to iTunes Library
a. Open iTunes 5+ (download from here)
b. Click on File in upper left of iTunes window
c. Choose Add File to Library
d. Browse to file(s) and select
e. Click on Open. Files will transfer to iTunes Library. To see files click on Date Added column heading until arrow points down and push R button up.

4. Set Options to remember Playback Position and to Skip when shuffling (If choose to do the conversion to AAC described below, skip this step):
a. Highlight each file in turn
b. R click the file
c. Choose Get Info
d. Choose Info Tab
e. Choose Options tab
f. Check Remember Playback Position
g. Check Skip when shuffling
h. Click Info Tab and enter desired Genre such as audiobook
i. Click OK
j. Repeat for each file

5. Drag and drop or synch files to ipod and you are done unless you wish to convert to AAC
. See third post in this thread for Create single Smart Playlist on iPod for Ripped Audio files & File Naming Convention.



[color=dark red]Optional AAC Conversion to reduce file size by 10-20%, to place audio book in main menu Audiobooks category, and to skip these in main menu shuffle.

1. Open iTunes 5+
2. Click on Edit at top of iTunes window
3. Choose Preferences from drop down
4. Choose Advanced Tab
5. Set import Using to AAC Encoder
6. Change Setting to Custom
7. In AAC window that opens set:
a. Stereo Bit Rate at 32 kbps or your preference, not to exceed original file kbps.
b. Sample Rate at Auto
c. Channels to Stereo (Unknown if mono bug fixed)
d. Uncheck Use Error Correction when reading audio files.
e. Click OK
f. Remember to reset to 128 kbps (best setting) when copying music CDs to iTunes Library.
8. R click file (one at the time)
a. Choose Convert Selection to AAC
b. Repeat for all files
9. Upon completion of one or all conversions, rename file extension from m4a to m4b.
a. R click on one of the files
b. Choose Show File from drop down
c. Window will open showing all files – AAC and mp3
d. Click on Rename file on left of window or R click and choose Rename File
e. If file extensions do not show, in window that opens with show file,
i. Click on Tools
ii. Choose Folder Options
iii. Choose View Tab
iv. Under Advanced Settings/Files and Folders uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
v. Click OK
f. Change file extension from m4a to m4b by keying in (highlight only the a and type in b). Ignore warning on renaming.
g. Highlight one at the time or all renamed files, with control click, and double click to add to iTunes Library OR, note file location at top of show file window and use iTunes File>Add file to library command OR drag and drop after reducing window pane size and overlap iTunes and Show File windows.
h. Clear the original mp3 file and the index to the now non-existent m4a file from your iTunes library. The m4a file names will show an ! when highlighted. R Click and choose clear. Say no to find file.
i.
Quote:
Originally posted by moriond
For Macs, Doug Adams has written a couple of AppleScripts to do this in batch mode for iTunes 5.0: Selected Tracks Bookmarkable and Set Selected Tracks Shuffle Download or copy these to your <username>/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ directory, select (highlight) tracks, and run the desired script by choosing it from the drop-down menu for AppleScripts on your iTunes toolbar. If you haven't used AppleScripts before you may have to create the Scripts folder under Library/iTunes/ for your account. When there are entries in this folder a small scroll icon appears at the end of the options on your iTunes toolbar; you can select AppleScript options for iTunes here.
[b]Drag and drop or synch the converted files onto your iPod and you are finished.[/color]

How to merge MP3 files into fewer files not to exceed 320 mb OR 5 hours
o One time only: download merging freeware into programs or desktop from MP3 Merger or url=http://mp3merger.cjb.net/]MP3 Merger[/url]
o To split a file that exceeds the 300 mb/5 hour limit follow instructions by moriond click here. or use a Save as selected portion of file using Audacity or Total Recorder (see link above).

1. Open MP3 Merger freeware. Key in Artist = Author, ignore genre since mp3 merger does not have a suitable genre for audio books. If mp3 files are external, insert source file into a drive.

2. Click on "Add Files" button of mp3 Merger freeware.

3. In window that opens, click button next to source box to browse to My Computer and select source file(s) or folder for mp3 files. For example, E:\Book Name\

4. Double click to open book folder to get to mp3 files. There may be sub folders that contain all the mp3 files for one chapter. Double click open a chapter/folder and highlight all its mp3 files. (shift/click on the last mp3 file in the list to highlight all the folders), but do not forget to limit your file size to 300 mb or 5 hour maximum (see link above to split) over which iPod will skip and stutter or create bookmarking problems.

5. Click the Open button in MP3 Merger to place all that chapter/book/section's mp3 files into mp3 merger

6. Click on Sort Button. Obviously, it is crucial that files are in sequence before merging and the open process usually does not place the files in order. You may have to check tolerate errors in MPEG headers if file names are different.

7. Change mp3 merger main window Output File Name by click on button next to the box and browsing to the iTunes Music Files. Default is C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\
8. Click on *Create New Folder icon
9. Name new folder Author Name by keying in
10. Output File Box in mp3 merger looks something like:
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\Author Name\Book Name [Key in, using Book Name options: 01Book Name or Book Name Part 02, etc so that you can keep the parts organized and noted. -- Be sure to use 01, 02, etc convention instead of 1, 2, 3, …10,11 for naming to keep in order.]

11. Click on Merge files button. This will place each of the output files into iTunes music folder with its name and sequence number ready for further manipulation. Click on m p3 merger Remove all button and repeat step for all sections/chapter/or book.

12. If chapters are in different folders, you can create a chapter file by using the add file button and highlighting the earlier merged file that resulted from your first mp3 merge steps then adding the contents of the next chapter folder and repeating successively until all folders of a chapter are merged into one file.

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Old 09-12-2005, 12:29 PM
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iTunes5+Convert Audio CDs to bookmarking iPod files

All-iTunes5+ process rips audio book CDs into easily managed multiple bookmarking iTunes/iPod files. AAC conversion, makes bookmarkable & adds to iTunes. Creates one file per CD. Blue text is all you have to do to get a bookmarking file, but green text required to keep audio files out of main menu shuffle, play faster or slower, and 10-20% smaller file.

Simplest, and by far easiest, is to use MarkAble shareware. Highly recommend. See EZGuide. All-in-one PC Shareware. Merges, renames & converts CD, MP3, WAV to bookmarking, removes temp files, and places in iTunes Library Elegantly simple, no difficult file management, beginner friendly.

See Related Guides linked in signature below. For conversions using iTunes 4 or earlier, see Guides 1,2, & 4 in signature below.




Homemade Mono Lockup. Mono files need repeat conversion to stereo to avoid lock up on 4G+/Mini. See avoid 4G & Mini Lockup & keep iTrip out of 4G+ Shuffle.

The iPod will display Smart Playlist like this:
The Bounty 01_10U
The Bounty 02_10U.
.
.
.
The Bounty 10_10U

A. Rip the audio CD”s into iTunes into single AAC file for each CD.

1. Open iTunes, & Click on the top menu Edit > Preferences>Advanced Tab>click on "Importing" Tab:
-”Import Using”: select “AAC Encoder”
- uncheck Create Filenames with track number
-uncheck “Use error correction when reading Audio CD”s.”
-"Settings:" choose "Custom" from dropdown
In Customs Widow that opens:
- Sample Rate: Auto
- Check Optimize for voice
- Channels: Stereo Stereo to avoid lock up bug.
- Stereo setting: 32 kbps for audible.com format 4 quality;16 kbps for format 3 quality.
-Click OK
-Importing window now shows kbps and stereo settings.
2. With iTunes5+ open, insert CD. CD will appear shortly, highlighted, in iTunes Source column If CD doesn”t appear, click on Audio CD to display the CD tracks column. If a window appears, either ignore or click “use iTunes to import." [Click on iTunes>File>Add File to Library and browse to CD if it is not in the window that opens. Then highlight the file(s) you wish to add to iTunes then click Open.]
3. Highlight all the tracks of the CD(Click on first track, then hold shift while clicking on the last track).
4. Right click highlighted tracks, click yes to both “change all” & “don”t tell me again,” Right Click>select “Get Info.” In resulting window validate or type in:
-”Artist” = (Author)
-”Album” = Book Name
-”Genre” = “Books & Spoken,” “Spoken Word,” ”Audiobook,” or created genre. Audible Download Mgr for iTunes downloads genre = "Audiobook."
-uncheck “part of compilation”
5. With all tracks still highlighted, click on “Advanced”>Join CD Tracks. Results in single bracket around all the tracks & checked square to left first track. [I]If “Join Tracks” is grayed out: 1. All tracks MUST be selected/highlighted (see 3 above); and/or 2. Click on untitled, left-most column until re-ordered into 1, 2, 3, etc., sequence -- even if tracks are already in sequence and; 3. CD is highlighted in Source Col. Click here for More on Joining tracks and Greyed out
6. Click on “Import” button (upper right of iTunes window)
-iTunes will create, without your naming or numbering, a uniquely identified file for each CD into the same iTunes “Book Name” folder. That is, iTunes\iTunes Music\Author Name\Book Name[folder], with files in Book Name folder = Book Name.m4a, BookName1.m4a, BookName2.m4a, etc
- Upon completion of import, the individual CD”s will show in iTunes Library. Click on “Date Added” column heading to see newly ripped CDs at top.

Repeat steps 2-6 for each CD of the audio book, making certain that Artist, Album, & Book Name inserted in step 4 are IDENTICAL for each of CDs

Make all the ripped CD files bookmarking:

Skip Steps 7 and 8, going directly to step 9, if you wish to rename file extensions.

7. Set Options to remember Playback Position and to Skip when shuffling:
a. Highlight each file in turn
b. R click the file
c. Choose Get Info
d. Choose Info Tab
e. Choose Options tab
f. Check Remember Playback Position
g. Check Skip when shuffling
h. Click Info Tab and enter desired Genre such as audiobook
i. Click OK
j. Repeat for each file

8. Drag and drop or synch files to ipod and you are done unless you wish to to rename files.
See next post in this thread for Create single Smart Playlist on iPod for Ripped Audio files & File Naming Convention.

Rename file extensions only if you wish to play faster/slower, appear in main menu Audiobooks category, and skip in main menu shuffle

9. Upon completion of one or all conversions, rename file extension from m4a to m4b.
a. R click on one of the files
b. Choose Show File from drop down
c. Window will open showing all files
d. Click on Rename file on left of window or R click and choose Rename File
e. If file extensions do not show, in window that opens with show file,
i. Click on Tools
ii. Choose Folder Options
iii. Choose View Tab
iv. Under Advanced Settings/Files and Folders uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
v. Click OK
f. Change file extension from m4a to m4b by keying in (highlight only the a and type in b). Ignore warning on renaming.
g. Highlight one at the time or all renamed files, with control click, and double click to add to iTunes Library OR, note file location at top of show file window and use iTunes File>Add file to library command OR drag and drop after reducing window pane size and overlap iTunes and Show File windows.
h. Clear the iTunes library index (song name) of the now non-existent m4a file from your iTunes library. The m4a file names will show an ! when highlighted. R Click and choose clear. Say no to find file.
i.
Quote:
Originally posted by moriond
For Macs, Doug Adams has written a couple of AppleScripts to do this in batch mode for iTunes 5.0: Selected Tracks Bookmarkable and Set Selected Tracks Shuffle Download or copy these to your <username>/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ directory, select (highlight) tracks, and run the desired script by choosing it from the drop-down menu for AppleScripts on your iTunes toolbar. If you haven't used AppleScripts before you may have to create the Scripts folder under Library/iTunes/ for your account. When there are entries in this folder a small scroll icon appears at the end of the options on your iTunes toolbar; you can select AppleScript options for iTunes here.
[b]Drag and drop or synch the converted files onto your iPod and you are finished.
See next post in this thread for Create single Smart Playlist on iPod for Ripped Audio files & File Naming Convention.

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Create single Smart Playlist on iPod for Ripped Audio files & File Naming Convention

Create a smart Play list that will remove listened to files from playlist (Apple has introduced bug that prevents playlist doing this until connected to computer.)

1. Connect iPod to computer and, with iPod icon highlighted in source column, click on Files/New Smart Playlist.
2. A Smartlist window will appear
-Check Box next to "Live Updating" and "Match the following condition" in the smartlist window
-enter Smartlist criteria by clicking on the down arrow in the first box:
-Chose Genre for first box, choose "is" for second box and enter/key in chosen genre for ripped audiobooks (I prefer Books & Spoken)
-Click successively on + button to right of boxes to add additional Smart List Criteria:
-Genre can be entered afterward with right click on file, choose “Get Info” and select info tab to change or enter.
-Click on + and choose - Play count > is > 0

Be certain the files carry the genre. Change genre of files by highlighting all files to change/right click/get info/key in genre = “CD & MP3 Books & Spoken Word"/OK A right click on a file will allow you to reset playcount to 0
Files are on iPod only once, even when in several smart lists.
3. Smart Playlist will appear in Source Column under iPod with title Untitled Playlist when clicked on allows renaming.
o Type in “CD & MP3 Books & Spoken Word"or Book Name to replace the iTunes “Untitled Playlist” name -- preceding by an “A” or "+" to place at or near top of Playlists in iPod display.

D. Drag renamed and numbered files to iPod (or auto sync)

1. In iTunes, click on song column heading until arrow points up.
2. Highlight all the files associated with the book. (click/control each one or click first and then shift/click last)
3. Drag the ripped files to iPod icon in source column (not to Smart Playlist).
4. Check the Smart Playlist (Ripped CD”s) on iPod to be sure files are there and are in numerical sequence, ie, 01, 02, 03, etc. If not in order, Smartlist will not proceed to the appropriate next file when you complete listening to a file. Edit Smartlist criteria if necessary. Can drag and drop the files into order.
5. If Books are out of order, be sure you did step A correctly and check that song names are identical.

Naming Convention for files:

There are many naming conventions for ripped files or even renaming of audible.com files. I prefer

Book Name 01_10
Book Name 02_10U
Book Name 03_10U
Book Name 04_10U
.
.
.

Book Name 10_10

The zero prefix for files numbered from 1-9 is necessary to keep files in order. If fewer than 10 files, no need for zero prefix.

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iTunes5 conversion of files to bookmarkable

Posting this thread with idea that the stickies for versions of iTunes preceeding iTUnes 5 may need to be unstuck and a link to this thread noted therein.
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iTunes5+ conversion of CD's to bookmarking ipod files now posted second post this thread.
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Color (Photo) iPods lock up with m4b homemade or podcast files

Until Apple fixes bugs, color (photo, except Nano) should be limited to mp3 remember place. Homemade M4B files, including some podcasts, will lock up the latest, except nano iPod.
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Make mac files bookmarking AND faster/slower listen

Since I am not mac, take this for what it is worth (from link in the Guide: Converting audio book files,CDs,& mp3s with iTunes5+ to Bookmarking iPod files):

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/sc...kebookmarkable

and

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/sc...ksbookmarkable

I assume these links will work, but I am not familiar with Adams Link to me button.

This is how I got to them:

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/sc...ksbookmarkable
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