If you want to take an audiobook you own on CD and convert it to an ipod audiobook, you will need to rip the CD. There are two methods of doing that. I use Cdex which is the easier method described in this how-to. Another method is to use exact audio copy explained here.
CONVERTING A MP3 TO AN IPOD-FRIENDLY AUDIOBOOK
- Download the program at www.freeipodsoftware.com./index.php
- Start the program and click on the "add" button. Select each of the files you want to merge and convert into a single file
- Click "start conversion"
- Name the new m4b file and select the folder to save it to.
- Wait for it to finish - a progress indicator will tell you how much time has elapsed, time remaining and the size of the resulting file.
- In Itunes, go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced
- Choose the importing tab and change import to "AAC Encoder"
- Click the down arrow and select custom.
- In the AAC Encoder window, choose somewhere around 16 & 48 kbs - audible.com uses 32kbps so that would be a good selection.
- Set the Sample rate as "auto" and channels to "stereo" and select
- Uncheck "play while importing"
- Create filenames
- Use error correction
- Click ok
- Open MP3 Merger
- Click on add files button & a window with "select files to merge" will open
- Browse to and select your mp3 files that you want to merge
- Click the open button in mp3merger
- Click on Sort button
- Change MP3merger output file name
- Click on merge files button
- Click on remove all button and repeat steps for all files you want to merge
- Now using windows explorer, rename your files in a numbered format such as 0001TomClancy, 0002TomClancy etc. This will ensure that the tracks load into itunes in the proper order when you have multiple tracks in one audiobook.
3. Import the MP3 File Into Itunes
In Itunes, add each of the new mp3 files to itunes:
- Add the file (or folder) to the Itunes Library
- Convert each newly imported mp3 file to AAC - select the file (s), right-click, and select “Convert Selection to AAC“.
- Once the conversion is complete, remove the original mp3 files from your library. They will no longer be needed for this process.
- Also remove the newly created files from your library (NOT from your disc), but when you are asked, be sure to select “Keep Files“, so they are not deleted off your hard drive.
- Open Windows Explorer
- In Windows Explorer you should find the files in My Documents\My Music\Itunes\Itunes Music, right click the AAC file in the library and open folder
- In the folder rename each of the files m4b (from m4a)
- In Windows Explorer, double click each file to add the m4b files to Itunes.
- In Itunes you can right-click on the new files and select “Get Info“. Update the name, genre and artist to whatever you want - I usually clear the artist and lable the genre as audiobook
- Now add the files to your ipod when ready.