Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Managing MP3 Audiobooks on an iPod

MP3 audiobooks do not have metadata to show that they are an audiobook; your iPod will only recognize these titles as music. Changing the files from music to audiobook is quick and beneficial!
  • Plug in the iPod to the computer.
  • Open iTunes.
  • Wait for iTunes to recognize the iPod.
  • Click on the iPod name on the left sidebar of iTunes.
  • If the folders inside the iPod are hidden, click on the small triangle to the left of the iPod name to expand the hidden folders.
  • Search for the folder called "Music."
  • Click on that folder to see the contents of the folder.

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  • In the main (center) section of the iTunes screen, located the MP3 audiobook parts.
  • Select all of the parts at once. The easiest way is to click the first part, hold down the shift button, and use the down arrow key (with the shift button depressed) to select the other parts.
  • Once all parts are selected, right click. (Control-Click on a Mac)

  • Select "Get Info."
  • Navigate to the "Options" tab. (I use the word "tab" loosely here...)
  • Change the following:
    • Media Kind: Audiobooks
    • Compilation: Yes
    • Remember position: Yes
    • Skip when shuffling: Yes
    • Save the changes.
    • The audiobook will disappear from the Music folder and will show up in the audiobooks folder. If you did not have an audiobooks folder, be patient. Try syncing again and see if the folder shows up after a minute or so.