Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Transferring an MP3 Audiobook to an iPod/iPhone/iPad

These are instructions for transferring an MP3 audiobook from a Windows computer to an Apple iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Once you've checked out and downloaded your MP3 audiobook to the OverDrive Media Console for Windows, you are ready to transfer the audiobook to your Apple device. 

A Note about iPod Compatibility 
In order to transfer MP3 audiobooks from a PC to an Apple device, you must have both the OverDrive Media Console and iTunes installed on your computer. If you are a PC user who owns an iPod, it is likely that you already use iTunes. Be sure that you are using the most recent release (from the Help menu >> Check for Updates). If you don’t already sync your iOS device to a computer, you’ll need to install iTunes and authorize it with your same iTunes ID and password as used to purchase items on your Apple device. 
Download iTunes for free from: http://www.apple.com/itunes/ 

Transfer Tips for iPod Users

Patience 
  • Download the WMA or MP3 audiobook to the OverDrive Media Player program on your Windows computer. 
  • Attach your iPod/iPhone/iPad to the computer with the USB cable. 
  • Wait. 
  • Let the device sync, backup, transfer purchases, and update as needed. Don’t try to transfer the audiobook until all of this has finished. 

Manually Manage Music
  • You must have the device set to “Manually Manage Music (and Video). From the left sidebar >> Click on your device name >> Stay on the Summary page >> Scroll down to see “Manually Manage Music (and Video) >> Select >> Apply. Be sure to apply the changes!

Change Import Settings 
You will also need to make a quick change to the import settings in iTunes.
  • Open iTunes. 
  • From the “Edit” menu, click “Preferences.” 
  • From the “General” tab, click “Import Settings” button. 
  • Change the Settings to “Spoken Podcast” and click “OK.” 

Why Change the Import Settings? 
When transferring the WMA audiobook file to an iPod, the WMA file is converted to an iPod-friendly AAC file. This conversion/transfer can take 2-4 minutes per part. The OMC software prompts the patron to change the iTunes import settings from “High Quality” to “Spoken Podcast.” Doing so will significantly reduce the transfer time.

The changes to the iTunes settings only need to be done once. You are now ready to transfer the audiobook to your iPod. 

Transferring the MP3 Audiobook to your Apple Device on a Windows Computer


  • Open the OverDrive Media Console. 
  • Click once on the audiobook you wish to transfer. It should now be blue. 
  • Click the Transfer button and the Transfer Wizard will open.

  • The first screen only shows the name of the title and format. Press “Next.” 
  • The second screen shows you the name of your iPod. (Success!) Press “Next."

  • An MP3 audiobook should transfer through iTunes to your device very quickly. Watch the progress happen in iTunes, too.
  • Close the OMC Transfer Wizard when prompted, but leave the iPod connected and iTunes open.

Finding Your MP3 Audiobook
Note that your audiobook will not be located in iTunes itself; it will be loaded on your device.


  • MP3 audiobooks will be in your Music folder on your iPod. 
    • While the device is still plugged into the computer and recognized by iTunes: 
    • Click on your device from the right-sidebar. 
    • If you don’t see a “Books” folder directly under your device, click the small arrow immediately to the left of the device name to view the folders in your iPod.

Adding Metadata to Your MP3 Audiobook
The MP3 audiobooks don’t have metadata to let iTunes know that it’s really an audiobook. It will be located in your “Music” folder on your iPod. Adding some information to the audiobook parts will keep the audiobook from shuffling and player will remember your location in the book.
  • From iTunes >> Device >> Music >> Find your audiobook.
  • Select all of the parts together. Shift-click to select all parts. 
  • Right-click anywhere on the selected parts. 
  • Click “Get Info.”
  • From the “Options” tab, change the following: 
    • Media Kind: Audiobook 
    • Part of a Compilation: Yes 
    • Remember Position: Yes 
    • Skip when Shuffling: Yes 
    • Make sure each of these options is checked, too.

  • The audibook will quickly move from the “Music” folder to the “Audiobooks” folder. 

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