Transfer audio book CDs to an iPod

One of the easiest ways to squeeze in a good book during a vacation or commute is by listening to audio books on your iPod or iPhone. Audio books can be downloaded online using services such as iTunes or Audible, but sometimes it's cheaper to get your books on CD and rip them manually.

But if you've ever tried to transfer a multi-CD audio book onto an iPod, you've probably run into problems such as chapters playing out of order, mislabelled or missing files, or just a generally messy experience. There's about a dozen ways that something as seemingly simple as ripping an audio book CD to your iPod can go wrong, but there's certainly a few tips and tricks that can make the experience smoother.

In this slideshow we'll show you the best way we've found for getting audio book CDs into iTunes and onto the iPod.

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JeffN posted a comment   

I had a similar issue with my audiobooks and I wrote a small application for PC that fixes part of this. I didnt want to go through and mark all of the tracks as x of 20. That would take too long. If you want to try it, here is a link to my blog article that has instructions on how to use it. It's not really full featured, but I use it all the time. The only thing is you need to move all of your mp3's to the same directory. I did not put in code yet to traverse nested directory structures.

Anyway, enjoy!



JeffN posted a reply   

Sorry, here is the new link:


lee posted a comment   

now that I have changed all these settings, will you give one more chapter to setting them all back to where they should be normally?
thanks so much!!


Hessian posted a comment   

You are a genius. If I'd checked this blog out first, I could have saved myself about eight hours of frustration.

Thank you.


Bloss posted a comment   

Donald Bell, I love you!!


Raiderbrit posted a comment   

This is the best tutorial I have seen on the subject. I am trying to import an audio bible. I could not join CD tracks because it was grayed out, so I have 66 different books in my audio book. I would prefer just one book. Any suggestions.


Sillys posted a comment   

How come I can change music to audio book? It is grayed out under information, options?


dzinn posted a comment   

If Join CD Tracks is greyed out....


CMe! posted a comment   

I have recently gotten addicted to Audio Books. Thanks for this article! It was brilliant and helped me immensely! :)

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