Saturday, March 14, 2009

OverDrive Media Console for Macs

Here are the instructions for installing the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Macs, downloading an audiobook, and transferring the title to an iPod.

  1. Prior to downloading your first MP3 audiobook, you must install the OMC on your Mac.

  2. Click on the "Audio Software" link located at the bottom of the left sidebar.

  3. Download the OMC for Macs.

  4. The file should automatically extract and a new window should appear.

  5. Choose where you'd like to install the software (most likely on the primary hard drive).

  6. Finish the installation.

  7. You'll probably find the new OMC in your applications folder. Try this: Open a new Finder window >> Open Applications >> Open the OMC.

Now that the OMC has been successfully installed, you can download your first MP3 audiobook.

  1. Log into your account using your library card.

  2. Select a book and add it to your cart.

  3. Proceed to checkout.

  4. Read and agree to the terms of service.

  5. Confirm the checkout.

  6. Download the audiobook.

  7. Using Safari, the audiobook file is downloaded to the "Downloads" folder.

  8. Double-click on the audiobook file to open it though the OMC.

  9. The MP3 files are quite large and will take longer to download to your computer than the WMA files.

Connect your iPod to the Mac to transfer the files.

  1. Highlight the audiobook title in the OMC and click the "Transfer" button to send the file to your iPod.

  2. Open iTunes and find the files on your iPod.

  3. Change the genre to "Spoken Word" to enable the resume playback feature for these titles by selecting the titles, opening the "File" menu >> Get Info >> Change the genre to "Spoken Word."

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