Tag files as Audiobooks or Podcasts

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  1. PatrickGaerlan

    PatrickGaerlan Super Moderator
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    Is there a way to manually tag files as an Audiobook or Podcast, so they show up in the correct category in iTunes' Search Bar? For example, if I manually rip audio from an audiobook CD, how can I make it show up in the Audiobook category in the iPod and when I click on "Audiobook" in the Search Bar of iTunes?
     
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    Anybody know the answer to this question? I am also trying to figure this out. I have an audiobook in mp3 format and when I add it to iTunes, it goes to Music instead of Audiobooks.
     
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    this is how i did it:

    1. import the audiobook mp3 into itunes
    2. convert this audiobook file into AAC using itunes
    to do this:
    a. in itunes preferences > importing > change to AAC
    3. do this in all of your audiobook mp3's
    4. copy these files into another location in your HD from finder
    5. delete these files in your itunes library
    6. go to the new location of your converted audiobook files, you will notice that they have the extension .m4a (previously .mp3
    7. change the extension IN FINDER to .m4b. Do this IN FINDER by renaming the file
    8. import the newly renamed files into itunes. (i dragged and dropped them)

    you will notice that they will be in the audiobooks part of itunes. :D

    HTH

    don't know how it is in podacasts :D

    NOTE: make a back up of your mp3 files just in case :D
     
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    Patience is indeed a virtue and Google definitely is everybody's friend.

    I got impatient waiting for a reply here so off I went and googled it. Found a guide, did as instructed and now, my audiobook shows up at the Audiobook section of the iPhone.

    Came back here to post the guide that I found and saw the same guide already posted by johnj2803. Hehehe. Thanks anyway, man! :rolleyes:
     
  5. dominiquejames

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    the conversion process looks a little tedious when done manually. you guys think that, google aside, we can use automator to do the heavy lifting?
     
  6. johnj2803

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    actually i used automaotor to make the m4a as m4b :D
     
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    that's cool johnj2803. care to share the script with us?
     
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    hmm... all i did was command automator to rename all the m4a in a specific folder to m4b. I had to convert more than a hundred files kasi.

    i dont have the script starting from the iTunes step, just the renaming part :D
     

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