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1700 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 30, 2009 1:35 AM by turingtest2
Currently Being ModeratedAug 29, 2009 8:42 PM (in response to Zan5hin)
I have already witnessed this with album art, where I add art in iTunes but it does not save the art in the actual mp3 file.
If you manually add art to songs in iTunes, they do get added to teh ID3 tag.
If iTunes gets the artwork, they do not.
My problem lies in the fact that this new media kind field is not actually saved in the ID3 metadata.
That is not the problem. There no standard for identifying audiobooks.iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle
Currently Being ModeratedAug 30, 2009 1:35 AM (in response to Zan5hin)With iTunes 8.x you have the option to tell iTunes to treat any audio file as an audiobook. Simply select the tracks, *Get Info.*, then on the options tab set *Media kind* to Audiobook. You can also set options to *Remember playback position* and *Skip when shuffling*.
Assuming, however, that the books consist of more than one file you may have problems if you plan to listen to them on an iPod. The Audiobooks feature was originally designed for books that have been stitched up into a single file and hasn't been updated to reflect the changes that now make multi-track audiobooks easy to work with in iTunes. The main issue is that the iPod lists all audiobook files by track title/chapter name so unless you rename every track using a scheme such as *Book Title, Chapter XX* the tracks will play out of sequence. There are tools for creating iPod-friendly audiobooks for which Aldo on Audiobooks is probably the best reference. Personally I don't bother with the extra effort and just have an "Audiobooks" playlist folder containing sub-folders for each author and within these playlists for each audiobook. Although I still mark the files as Audiobooks to keep them out of my main music section when it comes to the iPod I ignore it's Audiobooks feature and use my own playlists for access.
Note that I've used leading digits in the playlist names to arrange these in chronological rather than alphabetical order.
As Chris notes Media Kind, Remember Playback Position & Skip When Shuffling are not recorded in the tag and so forgotten if files are removed & reimported. Apple could have implemented these via custom fields as with their Compilation flag but have chosen not to do so. If you give all your audiobooks the genre "Audiobook" then it is fairly simple to create a smart playlist with the rules *Genre is "Audiobook"* AND *Playlist is not Audiobooks*. Any files that turn up in this playlist can then have their attributes adjusted.
tt2Various PCs, Windows Vista, + XP - iPods: 160+80 Classic 1.1.2, 30+30 Video 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 220.127.116.11