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9th-Jul-2011 07:42 pm
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Anyone have tips/advice/experience on converting mp3 podfics to audiobooks? (m4b). Now that I want audiobooks almost all the fics I want to listen to are mp3s. :(( And they are not the best format for iPods. Unless I am missing something (and with the day I'm having... yeah...)
9th-Jul-2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
• In iTunes,drag the mp3s into ipod the library.
• Highlight and right click the files.
• Click on "convert selection to aac".
• Delete from the library, all of the entries of the mp3s you put in and m4as that were created (these are mp3 and aac extensions not shown), but do not delete the files from the computer when asked.
• Go find the folder where itunes put the new m4a files.
• Change the extensions to m4b.
• Drag these into the itunes and the ipod will list them in audiobooks.
• They will also be skipped in the shuffle.

But I've always used a program called Audiobook Builder.
9th-Jul-2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh wow... that sounds like a lot of trouble.

I have dl'd Audiobook Builder trial to see how that works. I'm hoping for something easy I have to say. I don't mind buying it if it works. :)

Thanks so much.
9th-Jul-2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
I think it's the better way to go. You can select into how many segments to break it up. That's because there is a limit to the size of a file. I think it's 12 hours. This lets you decide where to make your breaks, like at the end of a chapter.

I've been very satisfied with it. It's not the most intuative GUI and interface but it's not the worst either.

BTW, I finally got the Castle-Firefly style vid up. YEAH!!!
9th-Jul-2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
oooh - I saw you had posted but I haven't had a chance to watch yet. But I know neither Castle or Firefly.., though I know the latter is very popular I believe.. I really should check it out.

9th-Jul-2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Watch the original Firefly opening first to get an idea of what I was going for.

And yes, Nathan is a most popular geek...
9th-Jul-2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thumbs up for Audiobook Builder. Just gave it a whirl and it was pretty easy. yay. ... looks like I'll be buying that one..
9th-Jul-2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
this may help, otherweise I know cybel does a lot of creating audiobooks for podfics for jinjuly's archive.

And thanks for the picnic basket hon, much appreciated.
9th-Jul-2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
ooh... link is broke. (?) And yeah, I rely a lot on cybel and her conversions for my listening but I've noticed a lot lately that aren't converted so I am hoping to be able to do it myself. (and I love that archive... it's lifeline to podfics)

And you're welcome. I hope you had an awesome holiday.
9th-Jul-2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
sorry too tired to code properly! try this:
9th-Jul-2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
No clue but if you find a really good solution, I'd love if you'd share it!
9th-Jul-2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
If I find a good solution to this I'll post about it. I'm trying out a few things.. :)

12th-Jul-2011 08:49 am (UTC)
http://zamzar.com/ ?

*lurks once more*
12th-Jul-2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Hey there!

Wow.. that looks like an interesting site. I can't see a M4b file, which I think is the main one I need. But I can see that coming in handy for all sorts of conversions.

Thanks (for delurking... *g*)

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