One thing that always annoyed me about my IPod, is that it seemed that it only recognized "Audiobooks" that you downloaded, not ones that you already had on CD. Many people are unaware that you can easily transform your CD Audiobook into one that works just like one you bought on-line.
And it's not a lot of work.
KEY POINT: "Media Kind." This is in the "Get Info" box where you right-click on the disk, after import. (It only works for me after import.) It will change info on "multiple items." You want that. This will take your book OUT of your music list, and put it into books. This has many advantages, which are built-in. You can pause your book, listen to music, and come back to your book, where you were. That's important. If it's a straight narrative, "join" the tracks, and that will automatically prevent shuffling, even in the book area. You can only do that before you import.
To set up, you must change your import settings for books. Take a look:
Now, you'll want to change your settings for your book. (Your book may have several discs. You can only "join" a disc at a time. Just shift-click on the tracks, which often have chapter names encoded into the disc, and hit options on the right top of your screen. Then click "join." Done.)
If your ears are not picky, just choose "Podcast." Otherwise, go into custom, and do what I did. Sounds real nice. But the files are bigger. So if you have one of those tiny players, pick "Podcast." Otherwise, pump up the file size to taste.
Now, one more thing. AFTER you've imported, you probably won't see your book in "books." Do not panic. Find your book in music, right click on the whole book, and "get info." Choose Media Kind (or if it says "media type" that's the same), and choose AUDIOBOOK. This is the most important thing to do. The rest, you see in the screen shot. Also, choose a nice cover image and paste into the "art" box.
If you check the right boxes, it should play real nice, with no interruptions, shuffles, or any other music-related nonsense. This should work with spoken word recordings that you wish to treat as books. It works best with real Audiobook CDs, but you can make it work with any spoken word collection. You may have to name those tracks. If your tracks don't "name," you should "join" them before naming them, because it'll split into another book. Or it did my most recent one. Only way to fix is to reimport. So watch that. But the new settings make it real easy!
Enjoy your listening! Take your IPod to bed with you, and let it read you to sleep. ("Unless you've got something better in mind.")
Oh: remember to change back to your MUSIC settings afterwards! That's a big deal!
rjm (If you want my full name, go to Facebook, where I share it so carefully with over a billion unknown people. LOL!!! -- Oh, it says "Dr." 'cause it asked for my "title" I suppose. I'm a phud.)
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Last edited by rjm on Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:57 am, edited 1 time in total.