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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10 Apps
Here's an easy way to make Audiobooks in iTunes 10.

Select the albums/songs and press Command+I to call up the Info window. Choose Options, and pick Audiobooks in Media Kind. The albums/songs you choose will show up in the Book section of your library.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I suppose this could come in useful if you do audio recording and want to distribute it as an Audiobook instead of a Podcast. Note that you can also classify files as Podcasts, iTunes U, Voice Memo, or simply Music using this method.]
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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: j-beda on Nov 02, '10 07:53:20AM

This is particularly useful when ripping a book-on-cd into iTunes (or when downloading one from your local library website or something like that).



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: plamoni on Nov 02, '10 09:01:52AM

Not sure if it still works, but before this option was added to the info menu, you could accomplish the task by renaming (AAC) files to ".m4b" (instead of the default ".m4a").

That might be an easier method for scripting, at least in the case of AAC-encoded files.

These days I just make use of the Audible.com app for all my audiobook-listening needs. It even works with non-Audible audiobooks (though an Audible subscription -- at about $10-$15/book -- seems to be about the cheapest way to buy audiobooks these days).



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: schutt on Nov 02, '10 08:57:37PM

Just be aware that it doesn't always take. I did this a couple days ago, then when I went to listen to the audiobook today, it wasn't listed as an audiobook. When I synced my iPod, it had changed the tag. I had to repeat the process five times before the tracks stayed marked as an audiobook.



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: boecko on Nov 03, '10 02:51:05AM

But it doesn't merge the files and makes chapters ... This would be really nice ...



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: Fofer on Nov 14, '10 08:32:49AM

I really like Audiobook Builder -- makes assembling files/chapters/segments into one audiobook file, ready for iTunes/iPhone/iPod. When you select these in iTunes, you even get a new "Chapter" menu that lets you easily jump.

http://www.splasm.com/audiobookbuilder/



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: Quatch on Nov 03, '10 06:17:51AM

This has worked for a while. I've turned a few podcasts into books.



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: Storm608 on Nov 03, '10 06:33:37AM

I've been using this to differentiate between podcasts and audio-books for a long time. It's very useful in sorting books from weekly episodes of some radio programs to which I listen.



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: d1taylor on Nov 03, '10 10:16:34PM

A few tips as someone who does this with frequency:

1. When you're importing the audiobook CD you can indeed merge the tracks. You can find a tutorial about how to do this on my site askdavetaylor dot com (I won't post the URL so as not to be too tacky :-)

2. If you're going to mark tracks as type audiobook, also change a few other things in the options area, most importantly "remember playback position". I also encourage you to "skip when shuffling" so as not to mess up your music enjoyment. I also set "vocal" as equalizer preset to maximize the audio quality.

3. There is no #3.

4. Don't forget that you can select a LOT of tracks in iTunes at the same time and make bulk changes to them. Makes it way easier to organize audio books, esp if there are a ton of tracks.

Hope that's all helpful!



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: Fofer on Nov 13, '10 09:35:18AM

d1taylor, you say that you "set 'vocal' as equalizer preset to maximize the audio quality."

There is "spoken word" and there is "vocal booster" as equalizer preset choices in iTunes 10.x. I choose "spoken word" for audiobooks. Unless the voice needs boosting, of course. ;)



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: d1taylor on Nov 14, '10 07:23:26AM

Oops, you're right, "spoken word" is indeed the equalizer preset I used. :-)



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: Fofer on Nov 14, '10 08:30:39AM

Well, so long as I have your attention, I should clarify/correct the other part of your comment, too.

In iTunes when you take a track and change it's "media kind" to "audiobook" (and do nothing else,) you'll notice that yes, it now appears properly as an Audiobook.

However - the "remember playback position" and "skip when shuffling" options also get grayed out for those tracks, because, one presumes, they are enabled BY DEFAULT for audiobooks.



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Make files appear as Audiobooks in iTunes 10
Authored by: ix_brand on Nov 17, '10 06:00:29PM

Why am I having such a hard time finding a script that will set the "Media Kind" to "Audiobook" in iTunes 10? I would think that this is a common need. I am recording in Audio Hijack Pro and automatically moving over to iTunes. I would like for the "Media Kind" to be set to Audiobook during the move so that I can take advantage of all of the Audiobook play features. I have tried the standard script used to set the bookmarkable flag, but that doesn't seem to be working anymore in Amoeba's stock scripts. I suppose I could use Doug's Scripts as a replacement, but setting the Media Kind would be a preferred, cleaner solution. Am I missing something here?



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